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 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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