The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia near El Calafate is hands down one of most incredible things I’ve ever seen. Before arriving, I had seen many pictures of the massive ice formation and had even heard of its magnificence, but none of it prepared me. Nothing but seeing this glacier for myself, up close and personal did it any justice. It’s downright shocking to see up close.
Staring across the calm glacial blue lake at the towering continent of crystallized ice before me, occasionally raddled by thunder-like crashes of breakage from its walls- I was completely mesmerized.
I’m still a bit jet-lagged, exhausted from my travels and settling in slowly at home, so I’ll spare you my babbling and let my pictures do the talking for now.
And let me just say that these pictures are only very lightly edited and actually some I didn’t even touch. The water really is just that BLUE. I know, I hardly believed it either ….
And well, I just couldn’t find it in me to crop this photo ……
I love going places and seeing things that have the ability to put me in my place and make me feel small. It’s incredibly humbling. I’m reminded that no matter how big my problems may feel, I occupy such a tiny place on this earth. It helps me look at the bigger picture and not sweat the little things.
Perito Moreno Practical Information
How to get there
There are all kinds of pricey tours to the glacier, but I suggest simply renting a car and going to see it on your own. You won’t want to rush your experience and may want to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way, so make it more comfortable and move at your own pace on your own time.
If you’re backpacking/on a budget/just into this type of thing- you may also be able to hitch-hike your way to the glacier. During high season there are tons of cars making the journey and depending on how many are in your group, a friendly smile and a raised thumb can take you far in Patagonia.
Instructions by car: After you enter Glacier National Park [80km from Calafate] and pay the entrance fee, you will follow the long winding road along the lake until you arrive to the visitor center. During high season, you will be asked to park your car at the visitor’s center and continue in one of the park’s free shuttles to get closer to the glacier. Once you arrive to the parking lot next to the glacier, you will see a large wooden sign outlining the many different paths you can take to see the glacier.
Prices to Enter [as of May 2016]
General Entrance Price: $330 Argentine Pesos [~$21USD]
- *There are certain discounts and exceptions, such as retired or student, but only available for Argentine residents.
- *They do not accept foreign currency or credit cards. Argentine Pesos & cash only.
In order to see the glacier better, metal viewing platforms have been constructed. There are different pathways leading you along a on a raised structure of different levels and locations allowing you to get a look at the glacier from all angles.
- Central Route [yellow]- 1:00 – Low difficulty
- Inferior Route [red]- 1:15- High difficulty
- Accessible Route [white]- :30 – Very low difficulty
- Del Bosque Route [green]- :45 – Medium difficulty
- De la costa [blue]- 1:30- Medium difficulty
*I thought the “difficulty level” of these paths was WAY overestimated. We did the Inferior Route which was rated “high difficulty” and I would hardly consider it an easy level. Sure there were some stairs involved, but I thought the path was route easy to do and saw people of all ages and athletic abilities on this path.
For some fun facts about the Perito Moreno Glacier click here!
Have you ever seen a glacier up close? Would you like to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! 😀
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