Now that's an ice cube
El Calafate Travel Blog› entry 14 of 424 › view all entries
An early start and our first time waking up in sub 20 degree temperatures was a real shocker...thank goodness for our Thermarests!!
After an hours bus ride through beautiful Andean scenery and estancias, we trekked to the Perito Moreno Glaciar national park via outstanding views of the Glacier, with condors gliding overhead.
The trick is to watch the Glacier as part of it collapses sending a thundering torrent of ice and waves into Lago Argentina. The Glacier is 60 metres high and 5 kilometres wide and is fed by four smaller glaciers in the Andes. It pushes itself 2 metres a day into the Lago causing parts to randomly break off.
Once we got into the park we had 3 hours to wander along the walkways at our leisure and watch the very active glacier. We saw lots of little landslide type falls, whcih produced loud crashes but it was when a gigantic bit fell that a huge wave was sent across the lake. It was a bit we had been watching for a while and could see the cracks spreading across it. This 'lump' was almost as high as the face itself so nearly 60 metres in height! When it crashed into the lake it was an amazing sight and sounded like a huge explosion. Icebergs tumbled out further into the lake from the force of the fall.
Despite the very sharp cold air, we watched the glacier, mesmorised by its constant movement and unpredictability, betting with each other which bit would go next!