The hike starts with a boat ride on the Brazo Rico lake side were we see the glacier from a different point of view and really close by. There are pieces of ice floating on the lake as they have fallen of the glacier earlier today.
The most beautiful glacier in the world
Once we arrive at the point where the glacier touches land we get a quick explanation about the formation of it all before we start our actual ice hike.
The guide explains that there are many glaciers in the nearby surroundings which are bigger and older, but the Perito Moreno glacier is the one that’s the mos accessible and according to many, to most beautiful.
Ice is pretty dangerous. If you fall down you”ll cut your hands on the sharp pieces, so you need to bring some gloves for this hike. Also, your shoes are important. With some sport shoes or hiking shoes you’ll be fine, but you can’t enter the glacier with just that. The guys from the hielo & aventura company will provide you with crampons. They will attach them to your shoes so that you can walk safely on the ice without feeling a slippery surface. I also like to wear a thermosuit underneath my hiking trousers and sweater for some extra comfort in this cold place. Oh, and don’t forget the hat!
How to warm yourself up at a glacier
The hike finishes with some Famous Grouse whiskey on the rocks – of the glacier – and a typical Alfajor cookie with the Argentinean dulce de leche. Now that we’re all warmed up again it’s time to ice hike our way back and say goodbye for now to the glacier to how it is today. Every day the glacier changes, and today’s trail won’t exist anymore by tomorrow due to the natural movement. Where we walk the glacier it moves about 15 centimeters per day, but on the front side it moves two meters a day. Luckily this glacier is not effected by the climate changes (yet), and for every piece that breaks the glacier creates a new part at the back. Nature is amazing.
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