El Calafate, Argentina

  • Date
  • 24 July 2001
  • Lodging
  • Hotel Kosten Aike
  • Distance
  • 408 KM
  • Total
  • 196949 KM

Today we visited one of the most awesome sights of this trip: Perito Moreno Glacier, a mammoth ice creation that is almost alive making human-like sounds when ice falls, drops, soars or plummets from the massive structure. The sounds reminded me of a growling stomach, exploding fireworks, a door being slammed, ocean waves wandering and even short rounds of bullets being fired.

When Jim and I initially approached the glacier, I admit saying to him, “Great. I can’t believe we drove 1000 kilometers out of the way to see this enormous block of ice.” But once I walked down the slippery footpath and witnessed the enormity of it, as well as the transfixing noises from it – I fell in love. I felt like a fool for ever thinking this wasn’t a worthwhile destination. This is so much more than that. Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most exciting, romantic and mesmerizing places I’ve seen in my life.