Ice CHunks thesize of my house!
Jun 14, 2005
May 12, 2006
El Calafate itself didn't really interest me (another tourist ridden town with the same knickknacks sold on every corner), however its super famous Perito Moreno Glacier 2 hours away did. Not only does this massive glacier sport every shade of blue imaginable but few things can match the awe produced as chunks of ice bigger than a house fall off making you feel surprisingly small. The ear is constantly treated to the echoing sounds of ice chunks breaking off into the water as well as within the glacier. At its smallest the glacier extends down from the mountain valley and across the river almost touching the other side. However, it advances sometimes as much as 2 meters a day and every couple years or so it reaches the other side of the river, completely closing off the river. The ensuing rupture that occurs sometime in the following weeks as the moving water erodes the base away until an enormous chunk falls off is suppose to the treat of a lifetime. The last one had occurred in 2004 and when I got there the glacier had just reached the other side of the lake. Although I wasn't lucky enough to witness the rupture (it happened like a week later) I did see 3 enormous chunks fall of. However, I didn't get any on film so you'll just have to take my word for it... And if you don't you can visit this wonder of Patagonia and see for yourself another one of nature's display of power. From here I headed back on into Chile for another famous Patagonian landmark... Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine National Park). Until then...