Perito Moreno by motorbike: face to face with the ice cathedral
The excursion to the Perito Moreno National Park, and the extraordinary vision of the glacier, constitute not only an enthralling experience for a motorcyclist, but also an incomparable display of nature.
After a night at El Calafate we dedicate the whole day to the exploration of the majestic ice cathedral that has become famous throughout the world for its beauty and the peculiar nature that distinguishes it: this is actually one of the very few glaciers that is advancing rather than retreating, and for this reason is often the subject of discussions on climate change.
Once our group has arrived at the entrance to the National Park, it will be accompanied by a local certified guide who will take us on a walk of around two hours, during which we can explore and admire the two flanks of the Perito Moreno glacier, in addition to learning the story of the National Park.
Among the world’s glaciers, Perito Moreno has a unique morphological conformation, such as to have surrounded it with the aura of legend. Stretching over more than 250 square kilometres, the glacier front advances by two metres a day, sliding into the water of the Argentino Lake and generating a breathtaking multicoloured cliff. The water pressure against the natural dam of ice periodically causes the separation of blocks and enormous spires, which explode outwards, falling into the water with the characteristic and impressive crash.
The front of Perito Moreno advances at a speed of around 700 metres a year, even although it loses mass through this practically analogous rhythm, which means that, leaving out small variations, the front has neither advanced nor retreated over the last 90 years.
In the course of the afternoon, our clients will have the opportunity to observe the evocative beauty of the Perito Moreno glacier from another angle: on board a boat that approaches within a very few metres of the cliff of ice, offering an exclusive view.
By coming so close to the ice cathedral one can sense the surreal silence that accompanies the eternal movement of the Perito Moreno, sometimes suddenly shattered by the crash of a block separating itself from the cliff to hurl itself into the waters of the lake: a scene full of emotions, not only because of the acoustic effect but above all because of the history enclosed in these enormous shining blocks, which before reaching the extreme limit of the glacier have travelled on a journey of many decades.
After our return to the hotel we then get ready for the following day by visiting El Calafate, a city where our clients are free to organise their own evening, dining separately or together as a group.