Saturday, October 29, 2016

Patagonia - Road Trip - Part III - Perito Mereno Glacier

After departing El Chaltén, it was time to drive to our next destination. The views on the road were as awesome as ever and the weather was great.

I had left our choices slightly open for a couple of days during our trip. We didn't have to rush to town and could just take it easy on the ride. As usual, 'traffic' just didn't exist.

The drive had been short and the town was big so we had no problem getting a good meal and a nice rest. Breakfast in the morning was sparse but we were fine to set off on any of a few routes. We could have immediately headed to Torres del Paine National Park back in Chile. We could have headed back toward the lakes or El Chaltén's hiking. My husband really wanted another option - visiting the Perito Mereno Glacier. The next day we took a short drive out of town to get there.

I could have done any of the three and been happy but I knew it was probably raining hard in Torres del Paine. The glacier seemed like a great choice. Even though the weather had turned on us, I knew we'd made a great decision as we got our first glimpses of this massive glacier.

The weather was not ideal, but it still was a great day. Crowds were low. We did basically all the hiking routes.. much faster than we expected. Alas, it was an excellent site to see.

The sign above is warning about the deadly potential of this force of nature.

This was a fabulous sight to see, and very easy to reach by car. We skipped the boat ride (I'm not a big fan of boats). But I didn't think we missed much; it was simply spectacular from any angle.

The glacier is massive, one of the few in the world that is expanding (and not retreating). It is around 70 meters high and is 250 km2 (97 sq mi), and 30 km (19 mi) in length; it's one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in the Andes.

It was time to head back into the quaint little town. The evening before we'd had a chance to stroll around and it's a nice little place. It was a great place for a rest before hitting the road again.

Next stop, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine...

Check out other parts of the trip here
Patagonia Trip Report


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