Glacial Ice

Blinding rain is being blasted into our faces as the elements impede our senses from experiencing the glacier. Its so bad that we force ourselves inside to warm up. We were only out there for an hour and the size of it is ginormous. It is so big, that I couldn’t fit the entire thing on my wide angle zoom. Welcome to Patagonia and the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Perito Moreno Glacier.

We decided to take the afternoon bus out to the park for two reasons. One; the tour groups will have all left by then. Two; The later start means the sun has had more time to melt the ice which means more Ice Calvings.

Panorama of Perito Moreno Glacier.

Once there, we set off on the wooden walkway that surrounds the face of the glacier. At best, you are only a few hundred metres away from a solid 60-80m wall of ice. The sun isn’t out, but the spectacle of the ice is incredible inspiring. You hear cracks, creaks and moans and then a massive roar as an ice piece cracks off and falls into the water. Its defeaning.

Not happy with the weather.

However, the rain gets into gear. And starts making things difficult. Even with waterproof clothing – its not exactly enjoyable. Its mind-numbingly cold and the wind is like ice. And we seek shelter in the café.

And a little bit of sunshine comes through.

Of course, once I get to the café and order a café com leche the sun storms in and makes for a delightful show. I don’t think I’ve downed a full cup of coffee so quickly. The next hour or so is pure bliss – even if its still cold and wind swept. The sight of glacier blue ice is breathtaking. And justifies the frigid temperatures.


The sun disappears behind the clouds and its back to cold & rainy Patagonia. We wait it out in the café before hopping abord the bus back to El Calefate.

This entry was published on December 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm. It’s filed under Argentina, El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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