Perito Moreno National Park

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Perito Moreno National Park

Perito Moreno National Park
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A trip to this imposing glacier gives you a chance to walk on the ice wearing cleats and to see and hear a truly astounding spectacle: blocks of ice rupturing and floating away as icebergs.
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Seal Beach28 contributions
Perito Moreno National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier are two different places
May 2020
The above photo is Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is not a photograph of Perito Moreno National Park. A gorgeous, rarely visited National Park some 300 kms North of the Glacier in the photograph. Perito Moreno is located 200 200 Kms west of Governador Gregores, does not have much in the way of infrastructure. During my last visit in 2017 the iconic route 40 was being paved. So it is entirely possible, that the unpaved part of route 40 between Governador Gregores and the turnoff to the park might be paved leaving only 75/85 kms of gravel from the turnoff i.e. Las Horquetes to Park HQ. It is a stunning place, a semiarid steppe area in the east, with a stunning area of multi-hued lakes re Nansen, Belgrano, Burmeister, Azara. Since my last visit private initiates have added considerable acreage to the national park although it remains to be seen if the entire area of Cerro San Lorenzo one of the most impressive, majestic peaks in the Southern Andes, is now within the national park. It is very cold, has a very short visiting season, few if any creature comforts, hardly any institutional presence by the Argentine Administration of National Parks (APN). On my two visits to the park. I never saw a single ranger. The campground I stayed in, was very basic, nor did it provide much cover from the ferocious winds hitting my tent, even though it did have a low stone wall that served as a wind break. I am sure my car moved a few inches! There than be grand hiking, trekking little of which is connected to each other. The authorities tend to discourage visiting the western margins of the lakes, which are extremely beautiful a very beautiful example of Lenga forests. Few maps or broshures of the park, are available or made available either onsite or in the APN HQ in Buenos Aires. The longest trek heads out of the northern part into the newly incorporated areas. Depending on the time of the year, might involve some serious river fording. This is not a place to get into trouble. It is far too isolated to get prompt assistance. I do not know if the working ranches i.e. estancias are open outside of the very short Austral summer season. I never saw anyone there! It can snow at any time of the year. Note did not visit in 2020. Last visited in 2017. The park can be accessed by a low clearance vehicle via RP 37, within the park the gravel worsens, although good enough for most vehicles. The gravel road within the park reaches circa five separate areas, unfortunately not linked in a loop. So once you reach one of the ends of the gravel road you have to backtrack. One could leave the car at any of these five separate spots and hike from there.
Written 4 April 2021
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Seal Beach28 contributions
Incorrect excursion information
May 2020
A very beautiful, relatively difficult to access isolated national park. None of the excursions listed under this national park by Tripadvisor actually go there. Those refer to and visit a glacier of the same name i.e. glaciar Perito Moreno in Los Glaciares national park over 500 kilometers to the south of Perito Moreno national park. To further complicate matters there is a charming Argentine town also called Perito Moreno located near Buenos Aires Lake some 300 kilometers to the north of Perito Moreno national park. They are three different places, but are often confused as one and the same. Despite what Tripadvisor says, there are no organized lake excursions in Perito Moreno national park. In fact there are no regularly scheduled excursions in Perito Moreno national park at all. This is an extraordinarily beautiful national park. However it barely has any infrastructure, does not have organized activities like the kind incorrectly listed by Tripadvisor. Is difficult to access, costly to get to. Has bare bones seasonal lodging on a working estancia i.e. ranch that is mostly closed and hard to book. One can camp but again bare bones camping in an extremely windswept, desolate area in perhaps the coldest part of South America, which receives a miniscule number of visitors due to the difficulty of getting there. I was stranded there in a snow drift by myself, without any institutional presence by the Argentine National Park Administration during my visit. It is gorgeous but not set up for anything but self equiped, independent types. Note. I did not actually visit in the month/year listed as Tripadvisor does not provide that option in the drop down menu.
Written 4 April 2021
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Austin, TX379 contributions
Jan 2020
If you want to see a glacier that is still advancing, this is the one. And the platform that you have to see Perito Moreno Glacier, is outstanding. And the small town nearby and the other glaciers not far away are not to be missed.
Written 13 December 2020
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands151 contributions
Gobsmacking Glacier
Mar 2020 • Family
This is a world class destination. However, to fully appreciate the majesty of the glacier I would advise getting there as early as possible before all the tourist buses arrive. We were at the entrance to the park just before the gates opened at 8 AM, but it was well worth the early rise as our experience was massively enhanced by being almost on our own. For us, two hours was more than enough time - unless you’re planning the guided glacier hike - The cafe/restaurant (good choice/reasonably priced) didn’t open until 10AM, so we enjoyed breakfast before driving back to Bariloche on a completely empty road - where we indulged our inner Top Gear racer dude!
Written 9 September 2020
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Moonachie, NJ75 contributions
Wow :)
Mar 2020
Stupid title of my review, but can a human really "review" a glacier? :) Nothing I can say can fully describe the splendor of a glacier, especially this one. What I do feel qualified to review, is the set up of the park. I'm not sure if I went on a "busy" day or not, but I felt the viewing areas and walkways allowed for a large number of people to view the glacier and move around the area in an organized, uncrowded manner, which made it a pleasant experience that could have easily been chaos with the amount of people who visit. We also took the boat tour, which brought us closer to the glacier. I highly recommend that as well, except that experience did have more of a crowded feel, as is expected on a small boat. But overall - just wow :)
Written 6 August 2020
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Brussels, Belgium29 contributions
Once-in-a-lifetime experience
Feb 2020
This amazing glacier is one of the world’s largest frozen fresh water reserves. We took a guided mini-trek across the ice field. It was expensive, but unforgettable.
Written 3 August 2020
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Dan and Beck
Sydney, Australia31 contributions
The Spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia
Feb 2020
The Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia is the main attraction of El Calafate. If your Patagonia journey is south to north, you may have just completed the W Trek upon your arrival in El Calafate. You are probably on a triumphant but fatigued high! The good news is that you will only be doing very casual walking when doing the Perito Moreno glacier day trip.

The glacier forms part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field; the third largest in the world behind Antarctica and Greenland! The glacier itself is absolutely magnificent.

How to get to El Calafate?

If you are in Puerto Natales following the W Trek, we would recommend booking a bus to El Calafate for the following morning you arrive back. We paid $20USD/person and the bus departed 7:30am. Be aware that the ticket will have 1pm as the arrival time to El Calafate. However, the border crossing took us nearly 2 hours so your actual arrival time will be closer to 3pm. Because you will be seeing the glacier the next day, this is nothing to be stressed about!

If you are coming from the opposite direction, you’ll likely be catching a 3 hour bus from El Chaltén down to El Calafate for around $18USD/person.

Getting to the glacier

Luckily for us, the previously mentioned friend of ours had rented a car and kindly drove us to and from the glacier. Otherwise, we would have definitely needed to get the return shuttle bus for $800ARS ($12.50USD) as there is no public transport option.

As of May 2019, the most common option is a 7:30am or 8:15am departure with a return from the site’s car park at 4pm. The journey takes 90 minutes so this will give you ample time at the glacier!

Booking the shuttle bus to Perito Moreno glacier the day before departure is highly recommended. So when you arrive into El Calafate mid afternoon, we know it’s tempting to head straight to your accommodation. But considering the main bus station is on the outskirts of town, we’d recommend booking these tickets there and then. This will save the hassle of having to head back to the bus station that same day.

Visiting the glacier

Once you have arrived, the entrance fee is $700ARS ($11USD). The glacier itself is truly breathtaking. A boardwalk system is made up of about 4km in interconnected paths. It is made for a leisurely stroll. Take photos and patiently watch and wait for the spectacular show of a thunderous boom and subsequent ice break and fall. Although sad times with global warming contributing to this more than it should! You will even have enough time if you wanted to do a 3 hour return boat tour ($1200-1500ARS/$18-24USD). We opted not to as we had a fantastic time just casually strolling the walkways. We believe it’s not always necessary to do a tour just for the sake of it. Although we’re sure the boat tour wouldn’t be a bad experience nevertheless.

Getting out of El Calafate

Seeing the glacier was the only activity we chose to do as part of our El Calafate day trip. Because you will be back in town by 5:30pm, if you are heading north, we recommend getting a bus that same day to El Chaltén. We booked a 9pm departure for $17.50USD/person. It arrived into El Chaltén around midnight. This maximised our time in El Chaltén; an amazing town for outdoor enthusiasts.

Alternatively, if you will be getting the bus to Puerto Natales, leaving El Calafate the day of seeing the glacier will not be possible. This is because the only departure times during peak season are 7:30am and 8am.
Written 26 May 2020
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a h
Australia1,437 contributions
Wonder of the world
Mar 2020 • Business
One of the wonders of the world GREAT place to visit in March when the school holidays finished. A boat trip and glacier walk is a must.
Written 2 May 2020
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Palos Heights, IL7,206 contributions
Go early, take the boat tour, then take time to view the glacier from the walkway and it many viewpoint.
Oct 2019 • Couples

El Calafate had proclaimed itself the “capital nacional de los glaciares” with good reason as it was the gateway to Argentina’s Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The park contained about 1/3 of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the 3rd largest after Antarctica and Greenland. This icefield gives rise to 48 named glaciers but there are an estimated 356 glaciers altogether. We had explored part of the northern portion of the park in El Chalten and seen the glaciers at Cerro Fitz Roy. We had also see - at a distance - the largest glacier, Viedma, empty into its namesake lake.

In the southern portion numerous large glaciers flowed into Lago Argentina including Upsala, Onelli, Spegazzini and Ameghino. The most famous, however, was Perito Moreno primarily because it was easily accessible by land and thus the most-visited. Glaciar Perito Moreno was about 80 km away from El Calafate, about a 90-minute drive.

A quick explanation of the lay of the land. Glaciar Perito Moreno empties into one of the many western arms of Lago Argentina. It is one of the very rare glaciers that is not on a continuous retreat but is considered “in equilibrium”. Unlike tidal glaciers such as those on the coast of Alaska or ice shelves on the edge of Antarctica, Perito Moreno does not float on the surface on the lake but actually rests on the lake bed. Thus, when it does advance to its maximum and crosses the lake to come up against a headland, Peninsula Magallanes, it cuts off a part of the lake to the south, the “Brazo Rico” or Rich Arm, from the Canal de los Tempanos (Iceberg Channel) to the north. The latter connects to the main body of Lago Argentina and thus icebergs calved off Perito tend to follow the current north. Brazo Rico, when cut off by the glacier, fills with water rising up to 30 meters (almost 100 feet) above the level of the rest of the lake. Eventually the pressure of water erodes the ice creating a tunnel undermining the front of the glaciers eventually resulting in the rupture of the ice dam and an sometimes dramatic emptying of Brazo Rico into the rest of the lake. An ice bridge created and, as erosion continues, this eventually collapses in a spectacular fashion.

One can take a local bus from town, or rent a car. There were many Perito Moreno glacier tours on offer in El Calafate including hikes on the glacier itself. When at the glacier one can stick to land and walk around on the many-layered raised walkways facing the glacier but I strongly suggest heading out onto the water on one of the several boat tours available. It looked like there were boat tours departing from both the south side (Brazo Rico channel) as well as the north side (Canal de los Tempanos); ours was from the latter. There were kayak tours available as well but I did not see them approach the front of the glacier.

The boats themselves did not come close. The front or terminus of the glacier at its highest was 70 meters or so above water level and extended 100 meter below. The thickness of the glacier would thus be the equivalent of a 55-56 story tall building. Other numbers include a length of 30 kilometers or just under 19 miles and a width of 5 kilometers or 3 miles. The iceberg advances fastest at the center, just over 2 meters a day but only 1/3 of a meter daily on the edges due to the friction of the valley wall. One could the hear the continuous sounds of the glacier creaking, cracking and sometimes booming. It the several hours we spent there we unfortunately did not witness a “calving” or a significant collapse of a portion of the front of the glacier that gives rise to icebergs.

The intense blue color of parts of the glacier was astounding. This is due to the effect of hundreds if not thousands of years of compression of ice has squeezed out the air bubbles making the ice crystals larger. This in turn means that glacier ice absorbs the longer wavelengths of the light spectrum - yellow and red - more effectively than the shorter wavelengths making the ice appear more blue.

We had lunch at Nativos de la Patagonia after our boat tour and had a window seat with a view of the north-facing part of the glacier. We then spent an hour or so exploring the walkways facing the glacier, seeing it from different levels and points of view.

It was a truly inspiring experience. I would have wanted to go out onto the glacier itself but that will have to wait for another visit to Patagonia.
Written 27 April 2020
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Mar 2020 • Couples
The Perito Moreno glaciar is extraordinary! No comparison to any landlocked glaciar in the mountains. We took a boat trip and were lucky with the weather. It was an unusually sunny day with the sun on the Perito Moreno's northern face. The effect was amazing! The views from the balconies were also worth seeing, even after the boat trip.
Written 16 March 2020
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