Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

I’m reposting some of my favourite places, Perito Moreno Glacier is one of those, ‘there are no words’ places. I was on a 105 day trip to visit the countries still on my ‘want to do’ list, (this is where the name of this blog comes from see ‘105 days’ from the menu for more about this). It was a very busy trip, visiting 14 countries, I wrote about every day of the trip and recorded the number of flights; modes of transport, as they were quite diverse; hotel stays; etc. I took these photos on a very cheap smart phone, so the quality is not always great but hopefully will give you some inspiration.

Day 29 May 16, 2016.

Countries 4    Hotels 12    Cars 32

Flights 8:flying time 40.12 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 2    Elephant 1    Boat 1

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 4   Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 4

Today a 90 minute drive to the Perito Moreno Glacier.  The landscape is quite barren until we get nearer the Los Glaciares National Park when tress and shrubs appear.  The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 and is an area of 600,000 hectares. It is  named after a legendary Argentinian explorer Dr Francisco Moreno, he didn’t discover the glacier though. Nothing can prepare one for the first sight of the glacier, it’s magical, bordered on both sides by bare hills which frame the glacier, it doesn’t look real.

When we got to the walkways my guide dropped me off and gave me a map to follow the walkways to the viewing platforms, he told me to take my time and he would meet me at the end of the circuit. Two and a half hours later I met up with him.  I have never seen anything as spectacular as this in my entire life.

One  is so close to the glacier at one point it feels as if you could reach out and touch it.  It is one of few glaciers in the world that is not receding, growing between one to three meters a day.

It makes eerie sounds as it moves and ice is frequently crashing into the lake. It is five kilometres wide and 60 to 80 meters high, with an area of 250 square kilometres.

The cloud was very low today so it sat on top of the glacier like a large hat.

This is where the glacier meets the land, it blocks the water flow until a bridge is formed, which eventually falls into the water, this happened in March so I knew I wouldn’t get to see this when I came here.

The trees were also showing their autumnal colours off, trying and failing, to compete with Perito Moreno.

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