5 impressive glaciers to visit in South America
Updated: Mar 7
South America is a destination that boasts lakes and snowy mountains worthy of a movie. Its impressive ice cathedrals are an attraction among tourists seeking adventure and nature. There is something magical about the glaciers that surprise you, but you will want to go through them, and even more so if you visit Patagonia, the southernmost area, distributed between Chile and Argentina.
Patagonia is famous for its wildlife, low temperatures, and breathtaking landscapes that excite any traveler. It is the aquatic paradise of orcas, sea lions and giant whales, but also a mountain chain and ice floes will appear on your trip. Let's get to know some of the most popular glaciers in Patagonia.
Popularly known as "the eighth wonder of the world", Perito Moreno is one of the many glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, in Argentina. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and forests of lengas and ñires, the ice cover some 195 km2, that is, more than the surface of the Federal Capital. Tourists can go within 300 or 400 meters of the glacial tongues or go on a walk on ice or "minitrekking". The dramatic shapes of the icebergs will amaze you.
The Martial Glacier is located in the mountain range, just above Ushuaia. You can get close to it through its trails, in a short walk to the main viewpoint. In addition to trekking, the area has a ski slope and winter sports learning, including not only snowboarding and alpine skiing, but also cross-country skiing or Nordic skiing. Really an extreme adventure.
Serrano and Balmaceda
The Serrano Glacier and the Balmaceda Glacier are located in the Magallanes Region within the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. In its surroundings live species of birds such as cormorants, and it is home to plants such as coigües, ñires and ciruelillos, which you can see along the way. In addition, you will be able to contemplate the calm waters of a lagoon with floating icebergs, while listening to the landslides of the Serrano glacier. An amazing experience!
One of the most unique glaciers in South America. Located in the commune of Puerto Cisnes, Chile, the Queulat Hanging Snowdrif glacier is a tongue of ice that nests on a rocky mountain and leaves tourists speechless. The vegetation environment of the area makes the view of this natural phenomenon even more incredible. The place also stands out as a protector of species such as the black woodpecker, the condor, the chucao, the pudú, the güiña, the puma and the four-eyed toad, as well as an extensive Patagonian flora.
The Gray Glacier is one of the most spectacular glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park and falls into the serene Gray Lake. Its intense blue and floating icebergs make it a beautiful tourist attraction in Chilean Patagonia. For the adventurous, the Gray Glacier trail forms the western arm of the famous Torres del Paine W TREK, which can be done in one day.