Welcome to the Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Undoubtedly one of the world’s most impressive glaciers towering over the icy water, Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park is a must-see phenomenon and a highlight for many on a luxury trip to Argentina. Since its UNESCO inscription almost 40 years ago, watching the baby blue ice break away from the glacier and plunge into the ice field below never seems to get old. Read on to learn more about one of Argentina’s most beautiful natural wonders.

What makes it so special?

Glaciers form when large amounts of snow accumulate in an area quicker than the rate it melts, leaving behind a large mass of frozen ice, over milenia this becomes so compacted an ice river is formed, leaving these beautiful glaciers around the world.

Whilst most glaciers in the world retreat, Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina is one of the few in the world that advance. This means as the glacier grows in size, cracks and crevasses appear at the terminus resulting in chunks of ice breaking off into the ice field below. Hour by hour the dense mass of ice moves slowly but consistently carving into Lake Argentino, often depositing large icebergs. 

With boardwalks along the glacier perimeter and numerous viewing platforms scattered throughout, you’ll be lucky enough to hear the loud thunder of the ice as it breaks away and crashes down into the ice field. Whilst there are many glaciers in Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is by far the most spectacular and unique. 

Where is Perito Moreno Glacier and when is the best time to visit?

Los Glaciares National Park sits tucked away in the south west of Argentine Patagonia, next to the border of Chile. The UNESCO-inscribed National Park is home to over 600,000 hectares of mountain peaks, forests and glacial lakes so there’s a lot to explore here. Visit in February or March if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and get the best views of Perito Moreno Glacier. 

What else can you do on a trip here?

The blue hues of Perito Moreno Glacier aren’t the only things to see in Los Glaciares National Park and the surrounding area. Wander through the plush pine forests, wind your way around freshwater lakes on mountain bikes and ride on horseback through Mount Frías, mastering the Argentinian terrain. Lace up your walking boots for a hike on top of the glacier where you can enjoy a picnic on the ice with a glass of Argentinian wine in hand. For something a little more bespoke we’ll even arrange a special kayaking experience on the water below, allowing an utterly unique perspective of the ice towers above. Trust us, you’ll be talking about this for days to come.  

Where can you stay?

A day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier is easy while staying at your luxury hotel in La Anita Valley, Eolo.  Lying between Los Glaciares National Park and El Calafate city, Eolo is perfectly positioned for a short drive or boat ride to the glacier. With every suite boasting incredible mountain views through its floor to ceiling windows, watching the sunset over the valley after a strenuous day of hiking and kayaking in Los Glaciares National Park is the epitome of relaxation.

Itching to hear the ice of Perito Moreno Glacier crack?

Discover South America’s most jaw dropping landscapes including the glacial formations at Los Glaciares National Park. Get in touch with one of our travel experts to start planning your bespoke holiday to Argentina today.  

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