I just got back from my trip to Perito Moreno in Southern Argentina. Perito Moreno is the most know glacier in Southern Argentina. It is protected by a National Park of the same name.
Here is my TOP 5 why you should go there:
Discover a new kind of blue
The glaciers in Southern Argentina are scenic as they are thick and they open up into Lake Argentina – giving them a large size and a blue color that is just too beautiful. This is different than what you see in the Alps say.
Hear the ice break away from the glacier
On a warm sunny day – the ice breaks right in front of you. If you are patient enough you will see huge chunks of ice breaking off and falling down 150 feet with a loud thunder. Nature at it's best!
Use Miles/ Starpoints for an almost free flight
El Calafate is just 3 hours from Buenos Aires but ticket prices often exceed 15 cents/ mile flown. Argentina also has the unfortunate idea of charging higher prices to foreigners than locals with Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Argentina.
LAN does not release much inventory on this route to partners so booking with Avios can be hard. I transferred 20,000 Starpoints to LANPASS which will give you 50,000 Kilometers which is enough for a trip to Patagonia and a trip to Iguazu from Buenos Aires.
Take a boat trip right up to the glacier
While you can do that on a multi-day cruise – do this when you are at the Perito Moreno park. It's about $15 and boats leave every 2 hours.
Walk on a glacier
From the same pier you can join a Mini Trekking tour that takes you up on the glacier – so you'll be able to see the magic blue colors up close.
I really enjoyed seeing this wonderful part of nature. I hope you take the time to go out there too.