The glacier sweeps and twists it way down to the lake, a 30km horizontal mountain. Its final, crowning act: giant hulks of ice crashing into the waters that eventually envelope it, the thundering cries of the ice echoing through the lake’s valley, the waves formed by the ruptures lapping against your boat. To tour Patagonia’s Perito Moreno Glacier is to witness nature’s genius, a symphony of the whitest whites and bluest blues, of miniature ice storms and groaning, heaving cliffs of water. Earth’s building blocks on full display in widescreen.
From the viewing deck Perito Moreno’s immensity is awe-inspiring, its hulking power immediate. Getting onto the glacier reveals an entirely different perspective. Don crampons, zigzag penguin-style upwards and be prepared to be blown away by the glacier’s hidden face. Here, nature is at its most creative: an unexpectedly intricate icescape of ridges and crevasses, where crystalline white peaks plunge into glowing blue valleys, waterfalls of the purest water feed sinkholes, and ice caves emerge onto grand frozen fields and pools of otherworldly blue. All the while, creeks ripple across the glacier’s surface, suffusing everything with a reflective, filigreed splendour. The real treat is that this is an exploration for everyone: no technical ice-hiking skills are needed. Just bring your sense of adventure, and a desire to see out-of-this-world scenery.