Ice, ice, baby
Perito Moreno Glacier Travel Blog› entry 112 of 123 › view all entries
So I set off on the tour at 1.30pm, led by the affable Marcelo, who kept us informed all the way along, giving us helpful background information and a few light quips to entertain us on the hour-and-a-half trip down to Los Glaciares National Park, the location of Perito Moreno glacier. We had to pay the national park entrance fee ourselves (A$60/£10/$16), which seemed steep, but when you arrive at the park, you can see what they spend the money on - and bugger me, for once in South America, they are actual using it to provide tourist infrastructure!! It is almost a first!
We got our first view of the glacier from a far not long after entering the park and it was a great moment - a huge chunk of ice, sandwiched between the mountains.
The national park have put a lot of time and effort into the boardwalk system, which allows great views of the glacier. I'd definitely advise going in the afternoon - you still have loads of time to walk all the routes, but it wasn't crowded at all, which apparently it can be in the mornings. They are still building more walks to get even better views of the massive beast of ice.
We had time to walk around on our own (about 3 hours) before we rejoined as a group and walked the final part together to get to the end of the trail. Marcelo guided us along this bit giving us more info and explanations, which was cool. He had arranged the bus to pick us up at the end, and we finally left the park at about 7.30pm. It was still sunny at this point (its been a real change for me coming from upnorth where the days/nights are equal, to such a disparity down here) and it didn't look like the sun was going to set for at least another a couplf of hours - now that would have been great I reckon! We got back to El Calafate (still light!) at 9pm and I had time to grab dinner before crashing out for the night at 12am - I'd been up 20 hours, so it was a hell of a day!! No respite though, onto El Chalten tomorrow...