Perito Moreno Glacier, South Patagonia

Located in the southern part of Los Glaciares National Park, about 78 km from the village of El Calafate, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one the most important tourist attractions in Argentina. The ice formation, nearly 30 km in length, and covering over 250 km sq, is one of 48 glaciers in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. Unlike several glaciers in the world which are shrinking due to global warming, the Perito Moreno glacier remains in a state of equilibrium, accumulating as much ice as it is losing every year.

There are several viewing platforms overlooking Lake Argentino, from where visitors can get quite close to the glacier. Sometimes visitors can see huge chunks of ice fracturing and crashing in to the water from these viewing platforms. There are also trekking tours that go out onto parts of the glacier itself, and boat rides that go on a 45-minute trip around the base of the glacier. All tours to the glacier start from the village of El Calafate, which is about an hour and a half away by road.


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