Friday, our last full day in Southern Patagonia, we visited Los Glaciares National Park again, this time to see the legendary Perito Moreno glacier. This monster glacier is not far from where we visited yesterday. It is located in a very unique geographical location, however.
As we drove around Lago Argentino to get to the National Park, our terrific tour director, Marcos, made all of us camera-mad photographers happy by stopping at the estuary right outside of Calafate so we could photograph the flamingoes and swans.
Right before you get to the Park, there is a vantage point known as El Mirador de Suspiros (the viewpoint of sighs). Basically, everyone who first sees this view of Perito Moreno, sighs and say”OHHHHHHHHH!!”
Perito Moreno glacier basically splits and runs around two sides of a peninsula. The National Park has built a series of high-quality catwalks all over the faces of the peninsula (read: lots and lots of steps up and down for all you Fitbit pals), facing the glacier so you get a very up-close-and-personal view.
This glacier is also known as the “talking glacier” because of the noises it makes as pieces break off and fall into the lake below. This process, known as calving, creates very loud noises that sound like cannon shots as the ice breaks off. Although Perito Moreno is considered to be a glacier which is “in stasis” (meaning that it is neither growing or shrinking), it is also one of the glaciers that experiences the most calvings.
The catwalks are ideally located to view the whole show. Since once again we had a great warm day, there was a lot of calving activity.
We were lucky enough to see three fairly large calving, but these photos don’t do justice to the drama they cause when they go.
Then back to town and a fun evening spent with our tour crew. Tomorrow, Buenos Aires!