First view of the Perito Moreno glacier

From El Chaltén, we drove south to El Calafate to access the Perito Moreno glacier, which is on the southern edge of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Perito Moreno glacier is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which is the second largest non-polar ice field and the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world. The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the only remaining glaciers in the world that is still advancing.
The visit to the glacier was one of the most magical places we visited in all of South America. The glacier face is 60 meters tall and is absolutely stunning. The park has an extensive walkway which allows you to get up close to the glacier and hear it move, crack, and calve while we stood and watched. It is hard to describe how incredible the glacier was to see and hear. We took a boat ride that allowed us to get even closer to the glacier and were able to see a several large pieces calve off of the glacier and create a sizeable wave and some beautiful icebergs. Just look at the pictures!

View from the walkway

View from the walkway

Looking up the glacial valley

Calving

New iceberg

View from the boat

BIRDS

During our time in El Calafate, we saw several Andean Condors. These birds are the largest flying bird in the world by weight and wingspan and are one of the longest living birds as well. They are easily identified in flight by their size and the white collar around their neck. Because they soar so high, we were never able to capture a good picture of them.

Andean Condor in flight – Cruz del Condor, Peru – 23 September 2010 – ©Herrmaennchen

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