You may have seen the shots we took of the glacier in Torres del Paine. We took a cruise on a catamaran across Laguna Grey to see the glacier up close and it was a great experience. However, we drove out to Perito Moreno Glacier the day before Christmas and were completely blown away! If this isn’t one of nature’s big success stories we don’t know what is – hence it deserves its own little post!
The third biggest glacier coming out of the Patagonian Ice-field, Perito Moreno is between 40 and 70 metres tall at its snout (that’d be the front!). It’s 5 km across and stretches back 35 km’s. Unlike most glaciers, Perito Moreno is advancing at up to 2 metres a day and chunks of ice are crashing into the water at regular intervals, the large ones producing icebergs that bob around in the water. Even when not dropping bits into the water (calving), it’s a noisy place to be with loud booms and rifle cracks emanating from somewhere unseen in the huge expanse of ice. The infrastructure of solid walkways along its width is fantastic and provides a close up view of what is an amazing natural event.