Perito Moreno – Argentina’s Grand Glacier

No trip to Patagonia would be complete without at visit to Perito Moreno in Los Glaciares National Park, and as it is easily accessible from the pretty town of El Calafate, it is the perfect day trip for anyone visiting southern Argentina.

reise_2006_teil_3_043Often referred to by Argentinians as the “8th Wonder of the World”, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most popular sightseeing activities in all Patagonia, and once you have witnessed the sheer beauty and thunderous sounds of this great wall of ice, you will understand why thousands of international travellers flock here each year.

reise_2006_teil_3_029Perito Moreno covers some 250km², making it a truly magnificent sight, and once you have walked along the pathways and viewpoints and collected enough pictures for your photo album, there are plenty of spots where you can enjoy a picnic – so don’t forget to take some bread and cheese, fresh tomatoes, a bottle of Argentinian Malbec!

reise_2006_teil_3_032Many companies in El Calafate offer day trips to Perito Moreno, and there are plenty of options to suit every budget.  You can take the standard trip, which includes transfers and entry into this UNESCO listed park, or you can upgrade your package to include a boat cruise along Lake Argentino, where your captain will navigate between the icebergs to take you as close as possible to this imposing wall of ice.

reise_2006_teil_3_042Perito Moreno also caters for adventurous travellers, and if you like the idea of getting up-close-and-personal with this natural phenomenon, you can hike across the top (with a guide), and even venture inside where you will discover blue lagoons, caves and tunnels of ice.

reise_2006_teil_3_004We will never forget our trip to Perito Moreno, and as with most places in Argentina, it is somewhere we hope to return to one day, sooner rather than later!

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