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Argentine Adventure in Southern Patagonia

It all began as an idea for my family to visit the beautiful country of Argentina. The purpose of the trip was for my family to meet my wife’s family. For years we casually mentioned this plan, but it wasn’t until the end of 2017 that everything came into place.

We arrived a group of eight to the Argentine capital. We walked the cobblestone streets, took tango classes and wined and dined the best Malbec and steak. A beautiful Chorizo house in the nostalgic neighborhood of San Telmo was our home for the week. We also hosted a large dinner for all family and friends at the notable coffee shop La Poesia.

Buenos Aires was just the beginning, our appetizer so to speak. Our main course was our adventure to the remote region of Southern Patagonia. The land of strong winds, braided rivers, beech trees and guanaco. In Patagonia you can never rely on the weather, but luck was on our side. The first excursion we had the opportunity to do a glacial trek on top of the Perito Moreno Glaciar in the Parque Nacional de los Glaciares. This 3 hour guided hike took us through crevasses and past glacial rivers. The final destination was a look out point with a 360 viewpoint of the glacier. Perito Moreno is an incredibly unique glacier in that it is advancing. This contrasts the status of most retreating glaciers worldwide due to global climate change.

 

The Perito Moreno Glaciar seen from the national park walkway.


Our Argentine guide before we began our glacial trek.


Hundreds of miles of glacial ice connect the Perito Moreno glacier with the Patagonian continental ice shelf.

Link to the National Park website:

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

https://www.parquesnacionales.gob.ar/areas-protegidas/region-patagonia-austral/pn-los-glaciares/