If you were to visit just one glacier in your life, Perito Moreno would be a good one to choose. It stands above the blue glacial water of Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park. Considering tourism in Argentina has not risen like in the UK and parts of America, Perito Moreno is still growing.
Named after a 19th century explorer, the Perito Moreno Glacier is currently 19 miles long and has an average height of 240 feet above the water. This ice field is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world, and has in fact been turned into a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981.
You can walk along special pathways that allow you to check out the glacier from a few different vantage points, as well as from a boat that takes you on a 45-minute trip around the base. Apart from this, there are also trekking tours that take you out to walk on parts of the glacier itself, surrounded by the beautiful Patagonian scenery of forests and mountains.
Best time to visit: The glacier is a year-round destination. However, during southern summer (November to March), the weather is more pleasant, with the most sunshine, but it is also quite crowded then. The temperatures are mild, especially from December to February. However, the weather is quite unpredictable so dress in layers and always carry an umbrella.
How to get there:
The small city of El Calafate in southern Patagonia, Argentina, is a gateway to Perito Moreno glacier and close to El Chaltén, which boasts the famous Fitz Roy. It has an airport, thereby making air travel the most popular means of commute to the glacier.