Patagonia On the Rocks (at Glaciar Perito Moreno)
I could not leave the Patagonia without visiting its Argentinian side so one day after finishing the “W Trek” I was on the road again direction to el Calafate to see two more MUSTS on my World Tour List: Glaciar Perito Moreno and mythical Fitz Roy. On the bus I met Alba from Olot, it was so cool to speak Catalan again! We found out that we had more or less the same plans in Argentinian Patagonia so we decided to travel together for the next four days.
El Calafate is a cute town close to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (southern side) named after the berry which, if eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia. We spent three nights in el Calafate, from where we visited el Perito Moreno.
Perito Moreno Glacier is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. What makes Perito Moreno so interesting is not only its beauty, it is also one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing.
As Alba and I were traveling on a budget, we did not do the cruise that gets close to the glacier we admired it only from the different viewpoints on the walkways.
I am sure that all of you have seen pictures of Perito Moreno Glacier many times but the Perito Moreno visit is not only a visual experience, Perito is well alive and it cracks, it crumbles and its ruptures are very impressive to see and hear.
We spent 4 hours admiring the Glacier and taking hundreds of pictures from different angles. It is very easy to describe this glacier (30km long, 5km wide, 60m high), much more difficult to explain the feeling of being face to face with this wonder of the nature.
Just when Alba said “shall we go?” one of the points on the top of the glacier collapsed and crashed into the water, making a loud noise. What a spectacular end to the visit we had! 🙂
My Tips :
- Nakel Yenu is for the moment one of the coolest hostels where I have been! Cute building and rooms, cool stuff, great breakfast and muy muy buena honda. Every Friday night, you can join the “asado argentino” prepared by the staff, I missed that!
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