Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is one Patagonia’s most popular destinations, along with Fitz Roy Mountain, and Torres del Paine National Park.

After a long day of ice climbing on Viedma Glacier, we drove to El Calafate for the night. The following morning, we began our guided day trip to Perito Moreno.

The glacier’s close proximity to land makes it easily accessible for visitors of all ages and modalities.

Before arriving at the viewing platforms, visitors have the chance to take a one hour boat ride to view the South face of the glacier. While our guide, Christian, indicated  it wasn’t necessary, about half our group decided to go.

I’d agree with Christian that your views from land will be fantastic in and of themselves, but if you’re looking to maximize the photo opportunities, spend the extra $16 for the boat ride too.

These photos have not been edited.  Enjoy raw images of one of nature’s true wonders.

A view toward the ice bridge, which once connected the glacier to land. It underwent a monumental collapse the week before we arrived.
A view toward the ice bridge, which once connected the glacier to land. It underwent a monumental collapse the week before we arrived.
A monumental arch once connected the glacier on the left to the land on the right.
A monumental arch once connected the glacier on the left to the land on the right. This is my favorite photo.
The South face of Perito Moreno Glacier
The South face of Perito Moreno Glacier, as viewed from the boat
Pinnacles of ice
Don't forget these pinnacles of blue ice extend hundreds of feet below the surface of the water
To get a sense of scale, look at the hikers approaching the glacier to the far left
To get a sense of scale, look at the hikers approaching the glacier to the far left
Perito Moreno Glacier extends down from the Southern Ice Field
Perito Moreno Glacier extends down from the Southern Ice Field, the 3rd largest after Antarctica and Greenland
Look in the middle to see a giant pinnacle of ice falling off the glacier
Look closely in the middle to see a giant pinnacle of ice falling off the glacier
Ice splashes into the lake
Ice splashes into the lake. Atop the photo, you can see a white dot, a piece of ice flung hundreds of feet in the air.
Visitors can safely watch ice calving off Perito Moreno Glacier
Visitors can safely watch ice calving off Perito Moreno Glacier. We visited at the end of the Summer season, when the ice was especially unstable.

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Disclosure: This Patagonia tour is in partnership with G Adventures. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Comments

  1. Kate says

    Wow – such beauty! I remember the first time I saw a glacier and it is almost impossible to describe that blue color. I can’t remember now why they are blue, but I remember being astonished by the vibrancy.

  2. Dennis says

    Hi Dave, remember me from the Patagonia Trip ? I was wondering whether you were ever able to get your camera fixed. The camera certainly took fabulous photos. I hope that our paths cross again someday, somewhere in the world.

    • says

      Hey Dennis, of course I do. No, I took the camera to a Canon authorized repair shop in Buenos Aires but they couldn’t repair it. I ended up buying the same model from Amazon, and a friend of a friend brought it down to Argentina for me.

      Unfortunately, I just had another friend have the same lens error. It’s apparently a common problem with the S100, and those under warranty can get it fixed if they ship it to Cannon in the US. I didn’t want to bother, and it would have cost a lot. I am hoping it doesn’t happen again.

      Hope you’re doing well!

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