Perito Moreno Glacier, locally referred to as Glaciar Moreno, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Argentina. It’s one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, despite global warming and is located in Los Glaciares National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
New people confuse this popular tourist attraction with the agricultural village in Patagonia with an impressive national park with both having the same name. This dazzling blue and white ice giant is absolutely pristine and you can see its first panoramic view from the Curva de los Suspiros.
Visitors are attracted towards Perito Moreno just to witness the magnificent world renowned phenomenon known as the ‘Fracture”. It is a sight to behold when large chunks of ice breakdown due to water pressure built by blockage of Temponas Channel. Though only few people get to witness this process but there is still much more to be seen.
There’s frequent detachment of heavy pieces of ice blocks, which in due course turn into floating icebergs. It’s accompanied with a roaring sound and you can always watch all this action from observational platforms.
Perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers in the world that attracts millions of visitors annually due to its accessibility and various facilities that makes it tourist-friendly. You can also enjoy “Sailing Safari” services, from Bajo de las Sombras pier to South Wall of the glacier, offering an up-close view of Perito Moreno. There are two standard trekking tours- one is the “Mini Trekking” which is walking on glaciers with crampons and the other is about five hours long “Big Ice” version. In the “Big Ice” trekking you get to view seracs, deep crevasses, incredible ice caves and blue lagoons.
Since it’s very cold it’s advisable to take lots of warm clothes and October to April is the peak tourist season. To know more join our interactive community.
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