The footbridge area allows visitors to admire the front of the Perito Moreno Glacier and witness the fall of ice blocks from a close distance. At only 30km from the entrance to Los Glaciares National Park.
I was going down the steps in silence, expecting to reach the first viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier, only 85km from the El Calafate town center, inside the Los Glaciares National Park.
We had already bordered the Brazo Rico of Lake Argentino and gone through the forest of lengas, ciruelillos, calafates and larches that ornamented our path, along 30km from the entrance to the protected area to the footbridge sector.
But the front of the Perito Moreno was awaiting us. I knew that the pass between the Canal de los Témpanos and the Brazo Rico was closed. The volume of water of the latter was increasing at a rate of 5cm per day. I was also imagining that, in the event that the natural dam would persist the whole summer, a new break-off might take place, just as the last one in 1984. Every now and then I heard it crack, roar as an incredible living mass.
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Level of Difficulty: Low.
Recommendations: There are daily transfer vehicle services from El Calafate to the Park. Take many photo films and a small snack in order to make a picnic nearby.
Contact: Intendencia Parque Nac. Los Glaciares
Avda. del Libertador 1302 (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina Tel: +54 2902-491755