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Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier in the province of Santa Cruz is an experience to live as many times as you can. That wonderful mass of living ice seduces the visitor in an incredible way.
What tourists can imagine in the 78 kilometers of travel from the city of El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park , where the glacier is located, is simply little about what is lived in that experience.
The journey from access to Lake Argentino is endless for people with excessive anxiety. With intelligence, the National Park authorities have installed two viewpoints before arriving to calm the cravings. Already instead, and as you descend along the long walkways that offer various observation points, you feel the resello of the Perito Moreno glacier on the faces. Giant pieces of ice that have come off, float in the lake like small icebergs.
Unlike most glaciers in the world that are retreating, El Perito Moreno is unusual as it is stable. As it loses mass in its terminal, where it meets the vivid turquoise waters of Lake Argentino, it also continues to grow at its source.
Seeing the glacier from elevated platforms, the tourist cannot fully capture its immense size. It is 30 kilometers in length , and covers a total of 250 square kilometers. Greater than the size of the City of Buenos Aires . However, what you can experience is how active it is.
Whoever has patience will get what they want and so happens in this region of the world. Just sit down and watch the gigantic mass of ice. Sooner than later, large pieces of the glacier will fracture and break before the visitor 's eyes. The process will result in a shocky bellow when they crash into the lake. It's surreal and wonderful.
One of the excursions takes a catamaran to travel all its north face. As the boat approaches the 70-metre high ice wall the feeling of finitude seizes the spectators.
Above, you can see blade of clouds behind the icy peaks. The captain of the ship explains that the road changes every day. It is enough to visit him two days in a row to realize that he is alive in his own way.
There are also trekking tours that take you to walk around parts of the glacier, surrounded by the beautiful Patagonian landscape of forests and mountains.
If you want to know more about continental ice after your visit, you can visit the Glaciarium, a modern glacier interpretation centre on the outskirts of El Calafate. There, multimedia exhibits explain how ice is formed and how glaciers move and shape their surroundings. They return to the origins of the Universe and the various glaciations on Earth, and cover the first explorers and scientists whose research gave a better understanding of the processes involved. There is also a large 3D model of the southern Patagonia ice field and the many glaciers in the region.
The least curious tourist , from the scientific point of view, has a reason to visit the Glaciarium - the Ice Bar . Announced as the only bar in the world made entirely of glacial ice, including seats, tables and glasses, the Glaciobar is so cold that it can only be entered after putting on the coats and gloves provided by the sturdy bar staff. Even then, you can only stay on the bar for 20 minutes or risk becoming a permanently frozen device.
Publication Date: 04/12/2019
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