“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Have you ever felt intimidated by a place? I don’t mean scared but more like overpowered. This was exactly how I felt when I first saw the Perito Moreno Glacier up close. I felt so small as if I will be eaten alive by the monstrous wall of ice in front of me. It was an inexplicable feeling of awe.

Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - Landscape

Perito Moreno Glacier

One of the many glaciers in the Los Glacieres National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier covers an area of 250 km2 across a length of 30 km. This impressive natural wonder is one of the few glaciers in Southern Patagonia that continues to grow instead of retreat for reasons yet to be uncovered by glaciologists. Above the surface of Argentino Lake, the glacier measure 5 km wide with an average height of 74 m (equivalent to a 24 storey high building).

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Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - Ice Wall

Seeing Perito Moreno Glacier Up Close

Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most sought after destinations in Argentina. Hundreds of tourists flock there daily but there is plenty of room for everyone. Several viewpoints and walkways are located across the expanse of the glacier. We took our time to walk along the different routes and stopped every now and then to enjoy the view and capture some photos. Snow-capped mountains and forests surround the imposing mass of ice, which makes for a truly picturesque scene.

Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - A Growing Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - Up Close

As if the earth cried out a loud roar, shards of ice started to fall off the glacier in the late afternoon. We even saw a small glacial cave collapse. It was incredible.

Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - Rupture

If you are there in the right time, you can witness the famous Perito Moreno rupture phenomenon where huge chunks of ice collapse; this occurs every 4 to 5 years.

Video Credit: The Telegraph’s Youtube Channel

How to Get to Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is located 80km from the town of El Calafate. There are many tours available from El Calafate but we chose to visit Perito Moreno Glacier independently since it was cheaper and more convenient. We booked the bus tickets with CalTur at the bus terminal in town for 450 ARS. The bus departed the next day at 8am from El Calafate and left at 4pm from Perito Moreno – even with the 1.5 hours travel time, we had more than enough time to explore the many viewpoints of the glacier. The Parque National de los Glacieres ticket entrance set us back 260 ARS.

Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - Walkways

Should you take a boat tour? We met some people that told us we don’t really need to. The boats don’t go close enough to the glacier so there isn’t much point in doing this. You actually get closer to the glacier from the viewpoints. Another tour option is the guided ice trek, where you can walk along parts of the glacier. We actually considered this but the price of around $100 USD each was too much for our backpacker budget. We will definitely do something like this at some point!

Perito Moreno Glacier - Natural Wonder in Patagonia, Argentina - Extent of the Ice

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Have you seen the Perito Moreno Glacier or other glaciers during your travels? Let us know. 


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Gia Kristel De Guia

Gia, who currently lives in New Zealand, grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly 2 years. From watching sunsets to hiking mountains, she loves the outdoors. She enjoys living in big cities but takes pleasure staying in quaint, small towns. An aspiring photographer and budding writer, she is the voice behind Mismatched Passports, a travel blog dedicated to the journey around the world with her New Zealander partner, Jon.

2 Comments

  • Certainly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been! It really is a powerful and almost intimidating experience to stand in front of the glacier. The ice trek is definitely an expensive option, but you should definitely consider it next time!

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