The journey to the glacier Perito Moreno
• trip to the glacier Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno Glacier - one of the most famous Patagonian glaciers. It is located 78 km from the town of El Calafate, which can be reached by plane. Glacier Perito Moreno has 250 square meters. km and is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian part of the glacier, located in the Andes on the border of Argentina and Chile. This ice plateau - the third largest fresh water reserve in the world.
It is not the first day we are in the Los Glaciares National Park, but a walk through the woods, admiring the mountains and rocks, and glaciers and almost never seen. Although, in fact, in these parts such huge ice fields that languages their glaciers on one side slide into the Pacific fjords of Chile, on the other hand, in Argentina - in lakes, from which the rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
From El Chalten, we went to El Calafate.
On the bus to the glacier Perito Moreno buses depart twice a day - morning and afternoon. Tickets are sold at the rate of once back and forth. That is, the bus brings you to the glacier, you walk a few hours, and then catch a bus at the designated time and go back to the city.
Glacier Perito Moreno slides into one of the branches of a huge lake Argentino. On the shore of the lake and worth of El Calafate.
One of the entertainment here - a boat trip on the lake and the observation of the glacier from the water. Pleasure is worth about $ 20 a head, and we decided not to participate in it. Especially, in a boat stuffed such a crowd of people, both on the ferry with illegals trying to escape from Africa to Europe. All landed at the pier, the driver said he would take us a half hour. Something we thought that it was stupid to sit on the ground and went to the side viewing platforms, to whom kilometers 6. As it turned out on the road, the bus driver we misunderstood - one and a half hours, he will take away from the dock those who went on a boat trip, and those who refused the pleasure he povoz after 15 minutes. We learned about this when the bus overtook us on the road :)
Well, nothing, but a walk through the woods, met a couple of birds and other animals. And yet, due to the fact that they walked, and not on the bus, got on the viewing platforms are not the front door, and on the "rear". Hence, as the time to walk much more interesting.
So we met the glacier Perito Moreno. Fog is not strong, but the biting wind, the minimum number of people.
The average height of the ice tongue Perito Moreno over the water - 60 meters.
From the photographs scale hard to understand. Here the ice with the bush.
But, to a large tree.
The speed of the glacier - about 2 meters per day. That is, every day, from somewhere in the fog creep up two meters of fresh ice.
However, on some tricky universal plan, every day from the edge of the glacier breaks off in the middle of two meters of ice. How the glacier as it stands on the site.
Thousands of people gather here with cameras to take pictures of how rattled icebergs calve from the glacier. Us, so that right from the icebergs, no luck, but small pieces, about the size of two or three-storey house, nevertheless, broke off.
Why is this place dirty ice? Because here periodically glacier tongue reaches the opposite shore of the lake, dividing it thus into two parts. He picks up the dirt on the bottom. Between the cut portion and the main lake over occurs. Sometimes the glacier so dispersed that completely covers the connection between the parts of the lake, leading to the rise of water to tens of meters. Then the water there are two options - either to make a spectacle with catastrophic dam failure and flushing of all living things around, either, as it was recently, pierced in the glacier cave and let the water flow out there. As a result, between the coast and the glacier formed arch bridge. On the Internet you can find great photos and the arch itself, and its collapse.
The width of the tongue Perito Moreno - 3-5 kilometers.
In this picture we see a two-kilometer fragment.
The color of the ice is very much dependent on the lighting.
This is not unusual, because the ice - a crystal.
When the sun shines, then the dark cracks breaks saturated blue.
Yes, and water from which it is composed, also changes color depending on the weather. Here's a little bit of sunlight broke through the mist and clouds.
Somewhere, arrange walking tours for tourists. Cats, ice axes, all the cases. Is expensive, and I do not think that these trips more outstanding than wandering among the cracks and seracs in the Caucasus.
If you look down you can see the men on the observation paths.
And here is the same boat from which we refused. We asked the Russian-German couple, which lent money on this attraction, whether it was worth it. Say they do not feel sorry, since I came here, why not skate the whole program, but if there was a choice between the boat and viewing tracks - unique, only tracks.
Do not even know what else you can tell.
A visit to this part of the park is worth the money. If I am not mistaken, the 215 pesos per person. In the US it is 17-20, depending on the course.
From here to the city - 75 km. So far, the glacier Perito Moreno.