After docking in Puerto Arenas we covered some old ground and returned to Puerto Natales for a night before jumping on a bus across the border back into Argentina for the 3rd time. Our destination for the next few days was El Calafate, a small touristy town in mid Patagonia. Our target – the Perito Moreno glacier, one of the few glaciers in Patagonia that is still advancing.
We packed ourselves a picnic, jumped on a local bus and 90 minutes later we arrived at the Los Glaciers National Park which was bathed in sunshine – something we hadn’t seen for a week!
This was the stunning view that greeted us:
There probably aren’t enough superlatives to describe this place but to borrow a couple from Diego (the best guide in Ecuador and possibly the world) “blow-minding” and “smack-gobbing” are good places to start! The glacier moves around 2 metres a day so you regularly hear thunder-like crashes as pieces fall off and hit the water. Even the smallest looking pieces echo like a gun going off but it is really difficult to guess the size of them as the glacier itself is over 60 metres high (above the waterline).
We sat in the sun for several hours, eating a picnic and watching this spectacular nature show with choruses of “wow” and “bravo” coming from the crowd. Our patience was finally rewarded when a whole section of ice, 60 metres high and 10 metres wide, sheared off and collapsed into the lake causing a boom of noise and surfable waves.
And the best thing about this? I got it all on camera – unbelievable.
It seems a little weird to travel 100km to watch something break but it was a truly amazing afternoon.