The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing. The reason remains debated by glaciologists. The Perito Moreno Glacier is 3 miles wide, 19 miles in length, and is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice and has an average height of 240 ft above the surface of the water. It has a total ice depth of 558 ft.
We spent 3 nights in El Calafate, Argentina, (Patagonia), located in the southern part of South America. Patagonia is a region shared between Argentina and Chile. Some glaciers are split between the two countries, talk about slippery ice field.
Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park and is the closest to El Calafate. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia, because of its extensive walk ways you literally get up close to this glacier. The walk ways start at the visitor center and works their way down to the the top level of the glacier. Look at the photos, as we got very close to the glacier. We heard the glacier thundering but did not see it calve as the walkways lead to only two of the three faces of the glacier. We viewed the third face by boat.
This ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.