Most people live their lives in search of wonder and excitement. We all want to live a life full of adventure and love and it seems like the older we get the more difficult it is to feel these emotions. That is why, at Wildthentic, we believe that travel is necessary. It is important to get out and about and witness the beauty and magnificence the world has to offer. Stepping out of the mundane not only grants you moments of awe but also a life full of gifts and growth. That is why this week’s post is dedicated to one of the most stunning locations on our website, the Perito Moreno Glacier.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is in Southern Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park
More specifically the glacier is part of the Patagonian Ice Field. This broad landscape feeds dozens of glaciers located in southern Chile and Argentina. What makes this glacier stand out from the rest is both its size and activity. The glacier has a 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation and is 30 km (19 mi) in length. Apart from its impressive size, Perito Moreno is also incredibly active throughout the day because of its ‘calving’. Calving occurs when immense ice chunks break off of the face of the glacier and cause massive waves across the lakes. Some chunks are even as big as modern day cars! Imagine walking along magnificent blue ice lakes while breathing fresh crisp air and listening to the crackling of the glaciers. Talk about a sensory experience!
Perito Moreno has a few fun facts
The Perito Moreno Glacier is also unique in that it is one of the few glaciers that is growing instead of retreating. A 2009 article by National Geographic states that this phenomenon has many scientist baffled. Interestingly enough, while it’s true that the length of the glacier is growing, it is important to keep in mind that it is also thinning. Therefore, Perito Moreno’s volume is decreasing and it is for this reason that we must visit the glaciers while they’re still around.
El Calafate offers beauty and charm
Also worthy of a mention is the funky and exciting small town located ‘near’ the glacier. El Calafate is a small town located right on Lago Argentino about 78 Kilometers (48 miles) away from Perito Moreno. Despite El Calafate’s high tourist traffic it manages to maintain its charm and quaintness. Calafate’s lush, ski-friendly vibe is definitely worth a visit especially since you’ll already be visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier.
And lastly, visiting the glacier might offer you insight into social and historical occurrences. Did you know that Perito Moreno was names after the 19th century explorer, Francisco Moreno? What is interesting about Moreno is his role in protecting and defending Argentina’s territory during the border conflict with Chile. Perito was Moreno's nickname, it means “specialist” or “expert”. This is how the name of the glacier was born!
Did you know that you can now go kayaking right in front of the glacier, getting a full scale feel of this gigantic wall of ice and hear nothing but the ice calving? For more information see our newest gem, the Perito Moreno Kayak Experience
Let us know if you’ve been to Perito Moreno. What were the highlights of your trip and what are some tips you can give readers? Now that you are inspired and excited you can begin to plan your trip. Come to Patagonia with us and let the adventures begin!