Have you ever seen so much ice in one place? Have you ever seen a giant moving at the speed of a snail? Have you ever seen a structure, made entirely of water, that is up to 70 meters high? May I add, have you seen it all live? NO? Then you can experience it here in pictures.
I am going to tell you the story of my one day with Perito Moreno, no not the explorer, I mean the glacier.
It easily classifies as one of the most beautiful and overwhelming things I have seen in my life. Nature at its best.
I went all the way down to el Calafate in Argentina on the horrendous 26 hour bus ride for one reason only, to see one of the last advancing glaciers on earth. Yes, thanks to all of us, wonders like this are disappearing from the surface of earth faster than anyone could have expected.
I had two options to choose from when visiting the glacier. I could either see it from one of the many viewing platforms that were built right in front of its middle part, or I could choose to go Ice trekking and experience it firsthand. I was broke and at the end of my 7 month long backpacking trip around South America, and I had no idea how I am going to get myself all the way to Rio de Janeiro on the little money I had left, but I had to choose both options.
I did not regret the decision for one minute.
The tour started early in the day (or should I say night, because it was still dark). Groups of other explorers like me were put into a bus and transferred to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, everyone anticipating to see the glacier.
Suddenly the bus driver started slowing down and pulling over. He put some distinguished classical music on (Mozart I believe). Something I believe that he does every time to make the tourist laugh, but it worked. Then and there we got the first glimpse of the Perito Moreno glacier. It was stunning.
After a short walk to the starting point, we were all equipped with crampons. Our trekking guides tied them to our boots individually, to make sure they were all properly attached. We also received a short training on how to walk with the crampons tied to our boots. Keep at least one meter distance between each other or don’t walk back without looking what is behind you. Doing so you could step on someone else’s foot and it could lead to some serious injuries.
Follow your guide all the time if you don’t want to fall into one of the 30 meter deep crevasses!
The whole trek on the glacier lasted for around 1,5 hours. I believe I have never taken so many photos during such a short period of time. Every way I looked there was something worthy of photographing, from never-ending crevasses through ice to blue glacial lagoons and ending with incredible views of the Lago Argentino.
Our guides also had a little surprise waiting for us at the end of the trek. We all got a taste of whisky served with the glacial Ice. Good way to warm up and celebrate after seeing something so incredible.
The whole excursion ended with us retuning to the north shore and going to the viewing platforms to admire the Perito Moreno Glacier for the last time. It was middle of May and all of the trees had just turned into autumn colors in the Southern hemisphere. If I can recommend anyone going there, this is the time of the year you should do it
Is there anything that you have seen during your travels that made such a huge impact on you, as the glacier on me? Share your stories in the comments!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me somewhere in the mountains.