Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier

Daryl: Today we took a 2-hour bus ride to the Glacier National Park near Calafate, Argentina. When we got there we went on a boat ride to see a huge glacier that dropped down into a lake.  Sometimes pieces of it would fall off.  It was pretty cool.  There were a lot of people on the boat and they all wanted to be outside.  It was so packed that it was easier to see the glacier from inside – but you couldn’t get good photos from inside.

Then we went back to the dock and the bus took us to a spot to hike and see the glacier.  Unfortunately, it turned out that literally overnight the company that we went with decided that instead of leaving that place at 5:00 it was 2:30.  That was pretty frustrating, but oh, well.  It was a pretty cool place.

Davy:  Today we went to see a glacier.  We had to take a two hour bus ride to get there. I slept almost the whole way.  It was so boring!

We ended up going on a boat to see the glacier up close.  It was neat!  It took an hour to do the boat trip.  The boat was so crowded!

When we got back we walked on the path for a couple of hours.  Then we came back to the bus and went back to Calafate.

Mom and Dad walked around town while Daryl and I went back to Pile’s house and watched TV.

The Andes on the way to Los Glaciares Parque

Photos just don’t do this justice.  That wall of ice on the front is as high as a ten-story building.  Imagine the size of this glacier…


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Perito Moreo Glacier in Argentina


Pile graciously opened up her doors and allowed us to invade her house for a couple days. Thanks again Pile!



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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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12 Responses to Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier

  1. Lisa Bergren @TheWorldCalls March 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  2. GotPassport March 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Just wow! One of these days.. 🙂

  3. Talon March 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    VERY cool! Did you get to see any calve?

  4. nancy March 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    We saw plenty of smaller pieces break off and crash down – like the size of a car or so. We kept hoping for one of those great big chunks, but it didn’t happen. Darn!

  5. Miss Britt March 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm #


    I love how “meh” the boys are about it. lol

  6. Gayle March 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    So you did see it calving – even if just small pieces the size of cars (yeah right – not so small!). That must have been truly amazing! I won’t believe you guys are getting jaded about your amazing experiences – I’ll just chalk it up to TIRED and ready to be home – for however long!

  7. Barbara Wolff March 7, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    This glacier moves down and comes against the walkway side. Then it has a lake building up on either side. Eventually the lake on the left pushes the ice mass thru to the right to allow the water to flow out. Right now the glacier looks pretty far away! When I we were there some 5 years ago it had just broken thru and the glacier was still almost at the lower viewing terrace. Maybe this too is the shrinking of glaciers from global warming! Do you know? Did they mention that? All the same it is the most magnifcent landscape and brings back my fond memories. Davy I agree though that the flat patagonia can become borring!Especially since you have been pedaling it for weeks. Its been the same for weeks Right?? I bet Nancy enjoyed that first row front seat top view though! I drove three hours to Calafate from the Chilean side torres del Paine. A one day trip. long on the bus short at the glaciers…but tremendous!

  8. Ian March 7, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Perito Moreno is in-fact advancing, not receding, but the images of dramatic ice crashing down was too big a temptation for anti global-warming campaigners to resist using. Shame as it makes them look dishonest when the message is essentially wise.

  9. Deb Smythe March 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Gorgeous! Your pictures are just incredible. You are quite the photographers. When you said you only saw pieces as big as cars falling off I had to chuckle. When we were up in Alaska, we didn’t see anything near that size so enjoy!

    Safe travels to you all for the remainder of your trip!

  10. Jacqueline March 8, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Awe inspiring natural beauty!

  11. me March 11, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    The real spectacle takes years to prepare. The glacier grows continually, until it traverses the lake and reaches the land.

    At that point, it closes the lake flow, splitting it in two, creating a natural dam. Water rises until the dam breaks, and that is the great spectacle.

  12. Lisa March 16, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Magnificent! Boy, scenes like this balance out all the tough times! We’re praying for you, Jesus is with you!

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