Travel Diaries #8: A day of white at Perito Moreno

The looks on there faces said it all. As I checked into my hostel, others were arriving back from their day at Perito Moreno Glacier. The day had been perfect. Not a cloud in the sky as far as the eye could see. A crystal clear day, beaming with sunshine. Mountainous panoramic views surrounded the cute little town of El Calafate. An exciting day lay ahead. Night fell and I swapped stories with new found friends. Outside the snow began to fall.

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As we arrived at our first stop, the balconies, I knew we would not be so lucky with the weather for our tour of Perito Moreno! Snow had been falling all night and it was stopping. Although visibility may not have been the best, it didn't affect my experience of the giant ice block. An eerie silence fell around us. There was no one in sight as we were the first to arrive for the day. Snow crunched underfoot until arriving at the first viewpoint. A spectacular sight. Icy coldness sat before us and all around us as we marvelled at the incredible glacier. Snow capped everything insight, the blue grey water rippled and chunks of ice floated all around.

I had signed up for the 'Big Ice' tour of Perito Moreno Glacier. The third biggest glacier in the world. Towering 70m above water and spanning 5km wide this glacier was one of the most famous in the world.

After visiting the viewing balconies we made our way over the icy waters to the cottage by the forest beside Perito Moreno. Snow flew sideways as we trekked along the winding pathway. We caught glimpses of the giant glacier through the snow-covered trees, a magical sight. Passing waterfalls and flowing streams we arrived at the ice.

Fastening our crampons and harnesses we were ready to go. Everything around us was white as far as the eye could see. Marching in a line we passed bright blue glacier pools, freezing streams and cracks and crevices in the ice. This was more difficult than normal as snow covered the way. Three hours later we arrived at the ice cave. Eating lunch we didn't stay still for too long as we began to freeze to the core. Atop of the glacier we made out beautiful snow capped mountains lining the horizon.

At this point we it was time to turn back. No longer could we battle the surrounding whiteness! Marching on our line we backtracked the glacier to the forest and finally the warmth of the cottage. Hear we attempted to throe out. Not until on board the boat back to land were we able to get warm. Sipping whisky and passing the beautiful Moreno one more time. Trekking Perito Moreno is an amazing experience, even when the snow falls all around.

 
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