Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Perito Moreno Glacier

Our road trip last week took us through the Argentinian side of Patagonia, basically their equivalent of Torres del Paine. The main difference is that on the Chilean side, you have to do a lot of hiking or boat trips to get the best views whereas on the Argentina side, they have built up enough infrastructure that you can drive right to the views. Each side has its charm and advantages/disadvantages. But when you are pregnant and have a toddler, the driving right up to the view side is nice!
Our first destination was the Perito Moreno Glacier. Here are some pics.

Approaching from afar:

Here you can see just how close you can get. They have built a series of metal walkways that lead you right up to the glacier. You can take the pictures, buy the t-shirt and get back in your car and leave. Again, the Chilean side has its more rustic, exclusive charm since you have to hike or take boats to the best views but sometimes it's nice to step out of your car and look at an awesome glacier.

Nap time:

Not sure if it's a seasonal thing (since it's summer and it was actually quite warm), a global warming thing, or just a normal year round occurrence but about every 10 minutes a chunk of the glacier would fall off and crash into the water. It was very cool but very hard to catch on camera. Fernando got one good shot:

Getting tired on the labyrinth of staircases:

A final shot of the sign on the way out:

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