After spending roughly a week in the mountains and glaciers of El Chalten it was time to hit the road and head to El Calafate. When we arrived, and in trying to stay within our budget, we moved from the trailer in Chalten to a bed in a shipping container in Calafate! True Style…

One of the reasons we wanted to come to Calfate was to see the spectacular Glacier Perito Moreno, considered number 8 on the great wonders of the world list. After a bit of investigation into the buses to Perito Moreno we quickly discovered that it had rapidly become a day trip tourist attraction with a strict no camping allowed. The bus ticket combined with entry fee to the park was going to blow our budget by quite a bit… We we’re considering hitch hiking when the owner of the camp ground mentioned that the two motor homes next door to us we’re heading that way the next day and that we should ask them.

After much deliberation we left a note on thier windscreen and it turned out to be the best thing we could have done. Not only did they allow us a very swish ride in the back of their fully equipped motor home to the glacier but a friendship with two very lovely couples from Brazil. ~ Thank you Hugo, Nancy, Louis and Giselda! ~

To be in the presence of the Glacier was truly an amazing experience. Fragments of the glacier crack and fall off into the beautiful milky sky-blue water below creating a indescribable sound.

The glacier is one of the few in the world that is constantly growing. As it grows it touches the mountainside and separates the lake in two. With no escape route, the water-level on one side rises above the level of the main lake. There is then a huge amount of pressure produced by the height of the dammed water and it will finally break the ice barrier in a spectacular rupture event. This dam/rupture cycle is not regular and it recurs naturally at any time between once a year to less than once a decade. We unfortunatley we’re not a witness to this, but to just simply be in the presence of this amazing natural phenomenon  is something we will never forget.

Glaciar Perito Moreno
Glaciar Perito Moreno
A huge glaciar 30m high and kilometers across. A perfect tourist attraction.