An ice age

An ice age

CRRRACK! Hear that? It's #nature hard at work. There are almost fifty glaciers in the breathtaking Los Glaciares National Park in Argentinian #Patagonia. Stunning scenery and the sheer size of an #active glacier will overwhelm you in the best way possible.


When people say that something moves at ‘glacial speed’, I’ve never really known what to imagine. Obviously it means something is moving slowly, but how slowly? The expression conjures up images of cold and unrelenting progress that, although gradual, is inevitable and unstoppable.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

When people talk about this kind of speed, it’s normally in the negative; a criticism of something that is taking too long or is painfully slow. I can now tell you from first-hand experience that there is nothing painful about a glacier. It is one of the most beautiful sights you could see in Patagonia.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park has almost fifty glaciers within its boundaries but there is one that really is the icing on the cake (so to speak). 

Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park has almost fifty glaciers within its boundaries

The Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate is the largest of them all and by far the most impressive to see up-close.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
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Perito Moreno Glacier

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 Perito Moreno Glacier, Lago Argentino Department, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
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The face of the glacier stretches across for more than five kilometres. From the front, where tourists get the best view, all the way to the back of the ice is more then thirty kilometres. 

The face of the glacier stretches across for more than five kilometres

To give you a sense of the scale, the Perito Moreno Glacier is three times the size of Manhattan!

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

Ready for a Collapse

It’s also quite noisy. That seems strange, because you expect the huge mass of solid ice to be quite peaceful, but there are a lot of unseen forces at work here. There is enormous pressure within the glacier and, as we all know, pressure eventually needs a release. A constant cracking and crashing of ice occurs at the front of the glacier as chunks fall off into the lake.

A constant cracking and crashing of ice occurs at the front of the glacier

Crack – the sound echoes across the lake and bounces off the nearby mountains. The splash into the water is just as loud and the sound seems to carry for kilometres. The silence of everything else only accentuates the moment.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most popular tourist stops in southern Patagonia. Busloads of people come in and out of the site every day and it’s one of the main reasons travellers bother to stop in the nearby town of El Calafate (although it is actually quite a nice place in its own right). In fact, the whole region seems to be going through a tourist boom at the moment and visitor numbers are definitely on the rise – and not at a glacial speed!

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 Perito Moreno Glacier, Lago Argentino Department, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
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This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more info click here

You can see all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites I’ve visited here.

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