Making our way to Patagonia
We booked a flight from Buenos Aires down to the mysterious lands of Patagonia and that was the only route in our minds! We tend to draw the line for bus transportation once they surpass the 24 hour mark. And… a 2-day bus ride through the Patagonian pampas, seeing absolutely nothing isn’t high on our bucket list. Anyways, as we arrived to Calafate we were greeted with a giant glowing glacial lake, strong Patagonian winds, and plenty of rain. Patagonia was one of the destinations that we were absolutely thrilled about! As we made it to our hostel we got down to business and started researching our tour options for the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. As we narrowed our decisions for the glacier we decided to go with the Mini Trekking option. The Mini Trekking option, included 2 hours of gazing at the phenomenal glacier, a boat tour, and 1.5 hours trekking on the glacier. Lets just say we definitely made the right decision and don’t regret a dime.
Lets talk about the Glacier
Perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers in Patagonia that is actually increasing in size due to its specific geographical location as it’s wedged between the Andes.The ice is over 400 years old, can move up to 20 cm a day, and is over 19 miles long!
The Mini Trekking Tour
The tour picked us up from our hostel and we began the scenic drive admiring the sparkling lakes, snow capped peaks, and rugged wilderness. As we approached the glacier everybody on the bus became extremely anxious and we practically jumped out our seats! Our guide told us to meet back in 2 hours and we thought to ourselves, pshh… that’s plenty of time. So, we quickly headed to the viewing platform to catch a glimpse of this natural wonder! As we made it to the viewing platform we sat there content eating our sandwiches and gazing at the glacier. The glacier was absolutely mind boggling as the ice plunged into the glowing waters. The glacier towered above us with its vivid blue colors, jagged edges, and unreal mass. We were lucky enough to see some decent size pieces of ice plunge into the fridged waters creating huge waves that washed ashore. This scene was Priceless and the sandwiches were good as well! 😉
On the Ice
We quickly loaded up and hopped on to the boat that toured the other side of the glacier. As we arrived we were introduced with a huge piece of ice crashing down as the guide spoke to us about the glacier and trekking. Epic Intro to the Ice Trekking let me tell ya!
We strapped on our crampons and head into the unknown! Danny and I were so ecstatic the entire time, we loved exploring the glacier, wandering around, and admiring the glacial waters that sat on the ice.
At the end of the tour our guide treated us to some whiskey to warm us up from being on the glacier. A tasty treat to end a perfect day. He even said this wonderful line, “This is the first time the ice is older than the whiskey!”- Amazing!