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The Perito Moreno Glacier

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This impressive ice colossus impresses and touches all those who reach it. Because of the spectacular view it offers, the Perito Moreno glacier is considered the eighth wonder of the world. The imposing mass of endless ice surrounded by forests and mountains is a true spectacle that no one should miss. Being able to observe very closely the detachment of ice blocks of different sizes, listen to the rumble they produce, and then observe them transformed into wonderful floating icebergs is a unique sensation.

It is of course especially impressive to stop to observe this voluminous ice monster, a living testimony of the ice age that once had the dominion of our planet. One comes to imagine that one is in a great valley through which probably one day many species of dinosaurs moved. Perhaps it is even possible that some of them find themselves trapped between the icy depths of the lake, between dantesque icy blocks, as if it were a huge inaccessible showcase.

El Perito Moreno is 78 km from He Calafate. There are several companies that travel the route until they reach the area of ​​the walkways that are in front of the Glacier, within the Los Glaciares National Park. Departure times are between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the morning, returning around 5 p.m. In the afternoon, only in high season (starts in October, culminating in Holy Week), there are some excursions that take place between 3pm and 9pm.

They will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the catwalks, where they will leave you about 3 hours to go through them. From them you will have different panoramas of the Glacier, you will be able to appreciate its different heights and shades of blue, and surely you will see imposing ruptures. Then they will take you back to El Calafate.

The transport costs around 40 pesos (less than 10 euros) round trip. To pass to the National Park where the Glacier is located you must pay 30 pesos more, or 10 if you are Argentine.

The images that will remain on your camera will be, without a doubt, a pale reflection of the ones that your mind will keep forever.

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