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Perito Moreno Glacier 

50.4833° S, 73.0500° W

  • For most, if not all of us, walking on water is an improbable dream. But if you’re willing to stretch the truth a little and walk all over the next best thing, you could do a lot worse than making a trip down to this icy gem in the south-west of Argentina’s Patagonian region. The Perito Moreno glacier, with its 97 square miles of ice, truly is nature in all its glory. Sure, manmade wonders of the world can be inspiring, they can be stunning…but this is something else.

    One of the major tourist attractions in southern Patagonia, you can take your pick on just how you want to experience this gargantuan glacier. There’s a viewing platform from which you can take in the sheer magnitude of the formation, or if you’re feeling like you want to get a little closer, there are boats that will take you on a ride across the frigid waters to get a close-up view of the shimmering, 240 ft tall wall-like front of Perito Moreno. If a boat trip isn’t for you but you’re eager to experience nature at its unreal best, the intrepid amongst you can go all ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ and take guided walking tours over the ice.

    Pictures may be beautiful, but what they aren’t able to convey is the range of noises that are produced from this beautiful behemoth – the creaking and groaning, loud cracks, and the smashes and splashes that echo around as the glacier calves. This really is a full sensory experience. Life often feels like’s its running at a million miles an hour, but seeing and hearing Perito Moreno in all its slow moving, glacial glory is a reminder of greater forces at work. Time, nature and the elements wrapped up in one huge expanse of frozen water. Shutting your eyes and just listening is the best advice we can give you.

IMAGE CREDIT: pclvv
March 13th 2015