The mini-hiking to the Perito Moreno glacier has already become a classic and it invites you to visit this famous mass of ice, with deep emotion, adventure, and low risk.
I was anxiously waiting for the minibus which arrived punctually at 8 o’clock in the morning. The weather conditions were optimum: a clear and warm morning, ideal to meet the Perito Moreno glacier for the first time.
The fame of this glacier remains for several reasons: it is the only one in the whole Patagonian glacier basin that is not retreating, but staying in balance. This means that its mass of ice maintains a stable relationship between accumulation and retreat.
And to our privilege, it is one of the few glacier formations in the world that is originated at hardly 1,500 meters over sea level, and which descends to the 200 meters. This enables enviable access and observation.
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Level of Difficulty: Medium.
Timetables: From 8am to 5pm (approx.)
Recommendations: Mini-Hiking Tour: Limitations: due to the degree of effort and difficulty implied by this tour, it is only suitable for people between 10 and 65. Big Ice: Restrictions: due to the strong physical demand and soil difficulties, this tour is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 who are physically fit, considering the hike will take 7 hours across ice and forest. To Take into Account: People with overweight problems should NOT take part in this tour. For such purpose, the following parameters should be considered as NOT SUITABLE: weight in kg surpassing twice their height in cm less 100 (for example: a person who is 1.70m: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant women; people with any degree or kind of physical or mental disability that might affect their attention, pace and/or coordination; people with central or peripheral heart failure, reduced heart or vascular capacities, or people carrying stents, pacemakers or other kinds of prosthesis; people under anticoagulant treatment, degree III varicose veins -evidenced as thick and multiple-, heart arrhythmia; people suffering from breathing disorders such as EPOC, asthma, emphysema, etc.