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Los Glaciares National Park is the largest continental ice extension after Greenland and Antarctic, with about 50 glaciers. I knew the only one that keeps renewing itself since the beginning of times. The parts surrounded by mountains grow almost 8 inches a day, and in the inner part up to 2 meters a day.
Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno seen from de boat

Its size remains the same as always, because everyday huge chunks of ice break off and the make a scary noise. When the central part reaches the other side, it forms a barrier, almost closing up the southern arm of the lake. The ice ends up breaking off due to the movement and pressure of the water; it turns into a bridge until it finally falls. The last rupture was in the beginning of 2010, I could see the ice blocks forming a bridge.

Where the bridge appeared, months after the rupture
Where the bridge appeared, months after the rupture
Ice breaking off
Ice breaking off

Local bird
Local bird

It was 60 meters high and 5 km long. I visited the Argentinean side, but it continues on the Chilean side with a different name. In the central part of the Glacier, there are observatories and footbridges, which allow you to see Perito from several angles. It is fun to watch the ice falling down. I stared and waited, and as soon as I heard the noise I started shooting photos, for hours. Different types of birds came along to pose for the pictures. I wish I had stayed longer.

Footbridges
Footbridges
60 meters high
60 meters high

Translated by Lúcia Maciel
English teacher
Contact: luciamaciel@territorios.com.br

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Advertiser, tourism content generator, Territorios’s creator, photographer and travel guide. From the last 12 years, reports her travel experiences focusing on culture and ecotourism on her award-winning blog (Best Content Travel Blog at FITUR Madrid 2017).

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