In about a weeks time we will start heading North for the first time in this journey – meaning the trip is coming to an end. Our last southern visit is a small city of el Calafate. It’s the closest town to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the 3 glaciers in the world that is actually growing instead of melting and shrinking away. It’s also part of the 3rd largest ice field in the world after Antártica and Greenland.
Standing at 65meters tall, one of the key attractions of visiting this glacier is that you can witness large pieces of it breaking off. It’s growing, pushing the ice out and with the sun melting away cracks, large pieces fall away and make scary canon like noises. You really can’t witness this anywhere in the world. This is one of the key reasons we came to Calafate and the lamb bbq (Cordero asado cooked slowly over the fire).
And at 500 Argentina per person ($11CAD), you get so much succulent lamb it’s hard to believe the deal.
Instead of going first thing in the morning to the glacier, we drive there around 2pm when the sun is the strongest and more pieces are likely to break off. The only downside is the crowd, but we plan on securing a spot on the viewing platform and bunker down. But we didn’t even have to wait long. As soon as we walk down the viewing platform a huge piece falls off making a cracking sound so loud it’s scary.
So we stay for 2 hours watching and waiting. Each time, it is absolutely worth it.
And while we were waiting, ofcourse we filmed it. The sound of the glacier breaking off really can’t be heard on the video because of all the people, but in person is deafening.
For the above video, skip to 15second mark.
After almost 20,000km on the road, we start heading North toward Buenos Aires. It’s un believe and hard to comprehend we’ve been on the road for that long.