As some of you probably know by now, I seldom visit nor talk about extremely touristic places. However, some of these places are worth every single tourist that visits, and one of them is the Perito Moreno glacier. Located near the tourist town of El Calafate in Argentina, the Perito Moreno glacier is one of the few large glaciers that are easily accessible. Also, it is stunningly gorgeous.
I was not expecting much when I arrived to El Calafate. Having seen so many glaciers, one glacier more was just, one glacier more for me. However, as the car I was in got closer to the Perito Moreno glacier, I was taken aback by how huge it was. From afar the glacier looked dominating, as if it was a few stories high and dozens of kilometres wide. It was not just a sheet of ice that I expected, rather it was an enormous, white island.
As we parked the car and walked towards the trails, I could immediately feel the icy cold breeze blowing at my face. Although I still could not see the glacier, I already felt its presence. The piercing cold breeze got stronger and the Perito Moreno glacier slowly came into view. Absolutely stunning! It was not just a huge block of ice, but a huge block of ice that was standing gracefully in front of me and showing me its might. The glacier was gigantic – it seemed to stretch to infinity and beyond, and it was a few kilometres wide.
If not for the icy cold winds, you could easily watch the glacier for hours, admiring its beautiful curves and rugged edges. Moreover, you could fall in love with dramatic crashing of an iceberg that has been calved from the glacier, and the subsequent loud thunder-like roar throughout the sky. It is mesmerising to watch just how the huge chunk of ice slips from the glacier and crashes into the lake.
Watch attentively though, because the calving of the glacier does not happen frequently. Many people were waiting by the railings with their cameras already rolling, hoping to catch the magnificent calving on camera. However, sometimes there were no calving within an hour, and later five calving in fifteen minutes. I too, was waiting patiently in the cold, hoping to capture a beautiful calving. However, I was always a split-second too late. Each time I heard the thunderous clap and looked for the calving, the iceberg was already falling into the lake.
The Perito Moreno glacier is enormous and you could easily spend hours just looking at it from different angles. If you plan to watch the calving of the glacier, you would definitely need to add a few more hours as well. However, it is definitely worth your time. You have to see the Perito Moreno glacier if you already plan to visit Patagonia or Argentina. In fact, pair your visit to the glacier with a hiking trip to the nearby Fitz Roy mountain range. Both places are close to one another, and they give you a great overview of the beauty of the Patagonia.
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