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As Saskia has already outlined the two treks the following is just a selection of photos from my 'expedition'. On some of these I have played with the colouring in the photos as the overcast conditions messed with things a bit. The blue is actually luminescent though, it's not my tinkering that does that!
There are two options for trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier: “mini trekking” and the “big ice” trek. Both are full day trips run through Hielo & Aventura in El Calafate.
The treks start by dropping bus loads of people at the main lookout, which has several viewing platforms to see different angles and watch the ice breaking off the face of the glacier. A boat then takes everyone right up close and across the Rico Arm of the glacier to a refuge, where we had lunch and were fitted for crampons to walk on the ice. The minitrek involves 1.5 hours on the ice, while the big trek goes deeper on to the glacier and involves about 4 hours of ice time.
The mountains of ice were spectacular! We walked past cracks in the ice, streams, lagoons and sink holes.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina, 80km from El Calafate, a charming little town with a beautiful lake, surrounded by snow capped mountains.
The glacier itself is 250km2, 30km in length, and is one of the few glaciers in the world that is actually advancing. Large blocks of ice continuously fall off the face with a thunderous crash, creating ice bergs and a spectacle worth watching!
The glacier advances as much as 2 metres per day, and the gap between land and ice is getting smaller. Every few years the ice reaches the land, but the pressure from the water under the ice causes the ice to break off and start the process all over again.
The ice looks blue as a result of oxygen trapped in the snow, which is compressed over time.
Getting excited about our trip! South America is so big, a real challenge to plan for. We decided to break it down into months, starting with Patagonia in February.
After a few days in and around Santiago we will be heading south via the famous Navimag ferry. This looks like a fantastic option to see the Andean fjords, so much cheaper than equivalents around New Zealand's Fiordland. It will take about four days to travel from Puerto Montt to Peurto Natales. Will pack plenty of pisco as we heard the bar is expensive.
First trek on the itinerary is Torres del Paine. We are taking on the W track, West to East, over four days. Apparently food is for sale in the shelters along the track so hoping to travel fairly light. We found that camping was the cheaper option, hiring a tent when we get there.
From there it's on to Perito Moreno Glacier (two nights incl glacier walk) before tackling the Fitz Roy range (three nights). Thinking of then heading North along Ruta 40 to El Bolson. Exciting stuff!
Will be sure to post plenty if pics, let us know if you have any tips!
Mark and Sas.