Ice Ice Baby

Location location: Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

Any other Game of Thrones fans out there?  Because I swear Perito Moreno Glacier looks as if it were The Wall in the north!

After Ushuaia, Danny and I travelled north to a little Patagonian town called El Calafate.  The town is cute, but the real attraction is to see the jaw-dropping Perito Moreno Glacier.

I would love to tell you that the glacier is guarded by the Night’s Watch and protects Argentines from wildlings on the other side, but that would be a bit ridiculous (and yet, that would be so cool…).

What I can truthfully tell you is that this gigantic ice formation is absolutely amazing to see close up.

In the morning, we jumped on a boat that cruised around the lake and and drove us right up close to the glacier.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

It was chilly and windy, but we were determined to stay on the top deck to admire this big hunk of ice.

75 metres high above Lake Argentino and about twice as deep under the water.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

^ Thanks Sonia for the matching beanies! ^

Every few minutes, the strong whistling of wind would be interrupted by a loud cracking noise – the sound of ice falling off the glacier and crashing into the lake.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

Afterwards, we sailed back to land to admire the glacier on foot.

There are four tracks with different views of the glacier.

Being eager beavers, we walked along all of the tracks and can confidently boast about seeing Perito Moreno Glacier from every angle imaginable.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

Just look at how far that goes into the distance – 30 kilometres long!  And growing day by day.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

As for Lake Argentino, it glows a brilliant shade of turquoise.

But honestly, I don’t think my words or photos could ever do this place justice.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

Wow.  Just wow.

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

perito moreno, glacier, argentina, boat

Cannot believe I had never heard of this place before coming to Argentina.   And so glad I had the chance to see this.

What can I say, it’s been the ice-ing on the cake for this whirlwind trip to Patagonia!

2 thoughts on “Ice Ice Baby

  1. Thanks Cara, wish I had a zoom to get close ups of that ice though!

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