When we arrived at the glacier, we first went underneath into the ice caves. After that, we put on crampons and then used a
ladder to cross over to the glacier which is what Jackie is doing below..
As we walked on the glacier, we walked right by holes that were 50 yards deep or more. In the picture on the right, I climbed
up into the hole in the glacier to have my picture taken.
The second glacier we visited was the Prieto Moreno Glacier. This glacier was bigger but the short
ride across the lake was not as thrilling. Moreover, this glacier has become a much more popular
tourist site so that there were a lot more people--nevertheless it was spectacular. I told an American
couple from Chile that we met at a b&b that I did not think we would have been permitted to do such
an excursion in the US. They laughed and said concern about liability was not an issue in Chile and
One big surprise for us was the glaciers in Argentina and Chile. Patagonia has the third largest
mass of glaciers in the world. This is not because it is that cold. Rather, at this latitude there is no
other land mass in the world except South America. All of the moistures hits the Chilean side of
Patagonia and drops immense amounts of moisture as snow which works its way down as glaciers.
Our first visit to a glacier was very exciting. We boarded a boat to go across the lake. The winds on
the Argentina side of Patagonia are vicious. When the boat rounded the point the pilot turned back.
He circled several times for an hour and kept returning. Finally, someone came and asked if we
could come back tomorrow and we said no. After consulting the other dozen or so passengers, the
captain decided to go for it. We crossed the lake with waves crashing completely over our boat
before arriving at a protected cove by the glacier.
For being in a fresh water lake, I was surprised at the size of the icebergs--bigger than any we saw
on our trip to Alaska.