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Published: October 18th 2009
Another fantastic Patagonian experience - this place is absolutley awesome !!!
The Perito Moreno glacier is massive - in area its the same size as Buenos Aires (>250km2), the front face is ~8km long and between 150m and 180m high (40m - 60m above the water). Its also one of the few glaciers in the world to be still adding ice. It advances quite a lot (~2m per day) so is noisy and calves quite a few icebergs. Just looking at it is impressive but you can also ice hike up it - we had to do this. Its a bit expensive but worth every cent. The surface is lumpy, bumpy and jagged so its pretty hard going, particularly as the crampons are quite heavy. There are crevasses, pools, streams, holes and waterfalls all over the place. Many of them are a deep blue - most of the glacier is a blueish white colour.
We were lucky again with our timing - the weather was clearish and dry and while we were getting our glaciology lesson from our guide a big iceberg calved with a loud bang and crashed into the lake, it was just like watching a nature programme on
the tv !!!
After a couple of hours hiking we came to a dip in the glacier where there was a small bar set up serving scotch with ice from the glacier (its about 300 to 500 years old), great way to finish a wonderful experience.
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