After we finished our epic hike, Ben and I headed over to Argentina to see what we thought was the largest glacier in South America – the Glacier Perito Moreno.
This is a lie.
The Glacier Perito Moreno is the THIRD largest glacier IN ARGENTINA.
The largest glacier in Argentina is just next door to the Perito Moreno, it is called the Viedma Glacier.
Our plan was as follows:
- 6 hour bus from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina). We used Turismo Zaahj, which was very comfortable. There were two border crossings, one to exit Chile, one to enter Argentina. Both require everyone on the bus to disembark to go through immigration. Each crossing had multiple buses parked outside while their passengers cleared immigration. Stay 2 nights in El Calafate.
- Day trip to Glacier Perito Moreno – 1.5hr bus from El Calafate to Glacier Perito Moreno. Cost of bus was Argentinian Pesos 800pp, entrance to park was Argentinian Pesos 700pp. Bus picked us up at 8.40am, and we depart from the Glacier at 3.30pm.
- 6 hour bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales, stay one night in Puerto Natales.
- 3 hr bus from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas, stay one night in Punta Arenas.
- Flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago.
Wow, the Glacier Perito Moreno is huge! This glacier is the third largest glacier in Argentina. The largest Glacier is Viedma Glacier, but I think it is not as accessible as the Perito Moreno. I was pleasantly surprised at the effort they have gone through to construct a great trail with wonderful little lookouts showing you different views of the glacier. It was really awesome to see this massive wall of ice. It is quite active, it calves right before your eyes! There are opportunities to hike right over the ice, but I really wasn’t game to try it.
In hindsight, it wasn’t really worth doing this whole 4 day detour just to see the Glacier Perito Moreno. If I had my time over, I would instead have planned to see the penguins from Punta Arenas. Having said that, El Calafate is a super cute town, and it was nice to explore a little bit. Things are also way cheaper in Argentina compared to Chile.
La Zaina, El Calafate, Argentina – we had a Calafate Sour (made with the local Calafate berry juice), Malbec red wine, guanaco carpaccio (Guanaco is a type of llama, and it is delicious! this meat was so so soft, seriously the best carpaccio we have ever had!), beef and lamb empanadas, half a baby sheep with rustic potatoes and the Patagonian trout with risotto. We also had the homemade lavender flan with dulce de leche – Argentinian Pesos 2010.
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The pics look unreal 🙂