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Perito Moreno glacier and a dash of whiskey: a photo essay

The great Perito Moreno glacier

Seeing the Perito Moreno glacier was one of the most hyped moments we dreamed of when planning this trip – so much so that as the day approached we started to panic that we may have built it up a little too much. We needn’t have worried as the ice giant went beyond expectations.

Great glacier wall, Perito Moreno

While most glaciers are receding, Perito Moreno is considered stable and is constantly advancing, moving up to two metres every day. This means that, if you’re lucky, you can see and hear huge parts of it cracking off into the water below. We were excited enough to see the glacier but, when we heard it, our awe was taken to humbleness. It took our breath away every time it thundered and broke – sounding like a thunderstorm and fireworks display rolled into one.

The fallen ice-bridge, Perito Moreno

When, over time, the glacier hits the opposing land, it forms a natural dam that causes the river to rise by up to 30 metres. In March, the dammed water pressured through the ice, causing a massive area to crumble and fall. It’s an event that happens only every five years or so, and people were eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the spectacular collapse. It eventually happened in the dead of night when the park was closed and no-one was there to catch it on camera apart from a caretaker who, in their excitement, managed to catch no more than a blur.

Glacial landscape, Perito Moreno

One thing we hadn’t thought about before visiting the glacier was how beautiful the area surrounding it would be.

Glacial lagoon, Perito Moreno

There were pristine lakes and snowcapped mountains…

Autumn trees at Perito Moreno glacier

….which looked incredible against the colourful rocks and autumnal trees.

Hiking Perito Moreno

One of the highlights of the trip was doing a mini ice trek on the glacier. We debated it a beforehand as it was quite expensive at $550 pesos, but it was definitely worth it.

Glacier hike, Perito Moreno

We spent about two hours walking on the ice, complete with crampons and knowledgeable guides who told us about the glacier’s formation.

Blue ice mountains, Perito Moreno

From afar, we wondered how we were going to walk on such a jagged surface, but up close it was much smoother, and we soon got the hang of walking up and down steep inclines.

Peering into the crevasse, Perito Moreno

There were some pretty treacherous areas near deep ice pools but we felt in safe hands with our two guides.

Drinking the glacier, Perito Moreno

You could even drink the glacier, at small pools along the way.

Delicious whisky at the end of the walk, Perito Moreno

At the end of the trip, we were given a celebratory drink of Famous Grouse on glacier ice, and an alfajor.

Alfajores and Whisky at Perito Moreno

It was the best whiskey we ever tasted.

Saying goodbye to Perito Moreno

In our opinion, Perito Moreno should be one of the wonders of the world. It’s one of the most incredible, humbling sights we have ever seen, and its majesty captivated us more than we could have imagined.

Excellent splendour of the glacial hike, Perito Moreno

It certainly deserved an ‘excellent splendour of the universe’ moment.

Splendid mountains, Perito Moreno

We went to Perito Moreno at the end of May with Hielo y Aventura, and we stayed in El Calafte at Hospedaje Lautaro, which was a beautifully homey hostel with two of the most friendly owners we have ever come across. Belen even leant me her snow boots. It’s the perfect base for visiting the surrounding area.

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  1. Ellie says

    Although I’m sure the glacier was pretty photogenic in itself, these photos are stunning! I am very jealous….

  2. Hannah says

    Your photos are breathtaking and more than do the natural beauty of the glacier justice. I particularly love the shot of the icy blue of the glacier mirrored by the warm autumnal hues of the trees. I can’t wait to visit Perito Moreno myself – if only for the Famous Grouse on glacier ice!

    • Victoria says

      Thanks Hannah! I’m particularly pleased because you chose the only photo taken by me. Hehe. Really it’s Steve who takes the excellent photos – I just have my moments. Thanks again, and I hope you get to visit the glacier one day. It really is spectacular.

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