The Perito Moreno Glacier

#32 - El Calafate, Argentina
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The Perito Moreno Glacier is the Third World's largest reserve of fresh water and its views are outstanding and worth every picture on your camera's memory card. Make sure you try to capture its ever-changing shape due to the ruptures that occur almost ever year. This wonder of nature is worth the trip and our #32 spot on the list of AbsoluteVisits.
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#1 Perito Moreno Glac. Photo - Fernando Salles Claro
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Looking Down from The Heavens
#2 Perito Moreno Glac. Photo - Brad Harbach
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The Sharp Glacier Surface
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The Endless Glacier - Perito Moreno
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#5 Perito Moreno Glac. Photo - Fernando Salles Claro
 
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  • This 3 mile wide (5 km) glacier in Argentina is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world.
  • This glacier is unique in that it is actually growing! It actually grows at a rate of about 6 feet (2 meters) every day, but loses mass almost proportionally to that, so it remains in equilibrium and stays the same size.
  • Every few years the glacier grows enough to touch a point across Lake Argentina, cutting the lake in half and building an ice dam. Eventually, the water carves out a tunnel under the ice bridge and equalizes the water levels in the two lakes until finally it collapses.
  • The fracture of the glacier can last as long as two or three full days, and is said to make such a loud and unique sound as it cracks, you wont want to miss it!
 

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Perito Moreno Glaciar - El Calafa...
Ranked #1 by Fernando Salles Claro
Looking Down from The Heavens
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The Sharp Glacier Surface
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The Endless Glacier - Perito Moreno
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Perito Moreno Glaciar - El Calafa...
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With a couple of open days, we did some research and discovered a small area, a lake actually called Lago Roca. The trail itself is actually quite challenging from the stand-point that it is very steep. Fortunately it is not all that long around 4 hours up and down. It was a good challenge for a day hike and the views from the top were breath-taking. Needless to say, the pictures do not fully capture what we were seeing, but should give you an idea. The view was filled with lakes running into snow-capped mountains with the Perito Moreno Glacier looming in the distance amazing!...  read more
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Submitted On: Apr 30, 2012
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Today Will and I set out on an all day tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the short answer to my question is absolutely it was 100% worth it. There are several ways to see the massive glacier by foot (hiking on the ice), viewing from some catwalks a couple hundred meters away, and by boat. The hiking was incredibly overpriced, and both of us had already put on crampons and hiked the Fox Glacier in New Zealand, so we opted to do the more reasonably priced viewpoint with the boat tour. It cost us 80 pesos ($20) for a van to take us to the glacier, 60 pesos ($15) to enter the park, and ...  read more
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Submitted On: Apr 30, 2012
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