Los Glaciares World Heritage Site & Lake Argentino
Trip Start Oct 20, 2013
11Trip End Nov 08, 2013
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On our hour ride to the park, we saw a gaucho riding along the road and we stopped the bus to see if he would talk to us. We asked him questions about his life in the pampas
We spent the rest of the day at the Perito Moreno Glacier - what an unbelievable site! This is the most accessible glacier in the world. It is part of the Southern Ice Field which is the third largest source of fresh water in the world and is actually on the other side of the Torres Del Paine park, but because of the mountains and the few roads here, it took us 8 hours to travel from one park to the other. There are 5 miles of galvanized steel walkways in front of the glacier
for close-up looks; we climbed from the bottom of the cliff to the top to see it from all angles.
The glacier is 18 miles long, and 240 feet high above and 550 feet below the surface of the lake in front of it and only one of many glaciers here in the area. We could hear it cracking and creaking and were lucky to see it "calve" 4 times with large pieces of the glacier falling into the lake in front of it. The glacier is stable though, not receding or growing; but as all glaciers, it is moving forward. The blue color of the ice is intense - as we stood in sunshine in front of the glacier, we could see it snowing on the glacier in the distance. Hope you enjoy some pictures from the Perito Moreno Glacier!