Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Hiking – Crampons on!

With the skies over Europe mostly closed to air traffic as a result of the Icelandic Volcano, were I to choose a destination I could get to from Cape Town today – there would be no hesitation in my mind! ARGENTINA! Specifically Calafate in the chilly South where a crampon hike on the ice of the Perito Morena Glacier is a must do!

I was lucky enough to enjoy two weeks in Argentina during January 2008, and long for a return…. There is much to share about the areas we visited, but as a start I’d like to feature Parc Nacional Los Glaciares’ Perito Moreno Glacier – where we did some hiking in crampons.

For our trip we made our bookings directly with Mayra Brill at Mayra@ArgentinaTravelServices.com who offered lovely accommodation at affordable prices, personal service and excellent local advise. We highly recommend her and will request her services when we return – hopefully soon soon.

Getting kitted out in my crampons for hiking on the ice – at first it felt a bit strange, but makes the ice hike a wonderful and much safer experience. I wanted to keep going ….

Taking a drink of water out of one of the pools found on the ice during the hike.

After hiking for a few hours, we came around a corner to find that one of the Guides had set up a whiskey station to warm us up – The Famous Grouse Whiskey on ancient ice picked of the glacier…. Rather yum!

Last look at the Glacier before boarding the boat to cross Lagos Argentina to the mainland.

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