Perito Moreno Glacier near Calafate, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier near Calafate, Patagonia

Most people visiting the glacier will have stayed the night at Calafate, the tourist town a few hours drive away that services the glacier. We drove ourselves along the good road (good as it takes many large tourist buses every day), paid our entrance money to the National park, then found the boat tour at he Perito Moreno Glacier itself. It was a trip worth taking, and gives you a better idea of the size of the terminal ice wall. Other options exist, like taking a trek across the ice field itself.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the Los Glaciares National Park. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. The Perito Moreno glacier, located 78 km from El Calafate, was named after the 19th century explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the border dispute with Chile.

The 250 km² glacier is 30 kilometers in length, and is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a system which covers parts of both Argentina and Chile. This ice field is so vast that it is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not actually retreating with global warming.

The end of the Perito Moreno Glacier on the lake is 5 km wide, with an average height the end wall being 60 meters above the water and 170 meters below the water. It advances at a speed of up around 700 metres per year, but loses mass at approximately the same rate. This means that , its terminus has not advanced or receded in the past 90 years.

Perito Moreno Gacier  with Arentina flag
The road from Calafate to Perito Moreno Park Perito Moreno Glacier tourist boat with a breeze
Perito Moreno Gacier Perito Moreno Gacier  ice wall
Perito Moreno Glacier with tourist boat Perito Moreno Glacier - ice wall is 60 metres high
Perito Moreno Glacier Perito Moreno Glacier

 

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