On the rocks, with ice.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Have you ever seen a 60 meter wall of ice rise above a lake, where you can also see large pinnacles of ice calving regularly. If it sounds like fun to you, then go check out the Perito Moreno Glacier (a part of the Continental Icefield) in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. I have seen beautiful glaciers before, back in Norway, but nothing as big as this. It's just enormous.

"The width of this amazing glacier is 4,500 meters and its height is 60 meters above the water level, and another 130 meters below the water level. Its length is about 37km. In order to get a perspective on the size of the glacier, it's enough to say that it can contain the entire area of Buenos Aires".

I'm in El Calafate, the gateway town to the Perito Moreno Glacier. A very touristy town, with tons of hotels, hostels and restaurants. I have problems finding any decent bars however, if any at all. So if you are looking for a gold mine, I may have just found it. I am staying at the superb America del Sur Hostel, a few minutes walk outside the city center. Just had to mention the place, as it's one of the best and friendliest hostels I have ever been to. No wonder you guys are fully booked all the time.

However I am not hanging around for long. My main reason for visiting the area is to view the glacier and then continue my journey. I go on a day trip to the glacier, the weather is decent, and I get to see a few entertaining calvings from some of the viewing platforms. It's pretty spectacular to see huge ice blocks break off the glacier, and fall into the water with a thunderous splash. Unfortunately that's all I have to say about the place. It's hugely impressive and I am glad I came.
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