The creaking signals the fluidity that surrounds you, the power of nature harnessed in this expansive sea of ice that twists, turns, advances or retreats depending on Mother Nature’s whim. A colossal chunk of frosty blue ice breaks away from the sheer cliff of ice that you sit below, creating an almighty crack and splash in this otherwise eerily quiet landscape.
Best time to visit Patagonia
• Southern Argentina has a very similar climate with reversed seasons compared to the Northern Hemisphere
• The weather in Patagonia is unpredictable due to the South Pacific westerly air current, with high winds and occasional storms even during the summer
• The region's high season falls in the months of January and February when temperatures are slightly warmer
• October, November, March and April are cooler, but it is less windy and crowded.
Patagonia holiday highlights
Close to the border with Chile, in Argentinean Patagonia, lies the extensive and geographically spectacular Los Glaciares National Park. From the serrated peaks of the Fitz Roy massif and the town of El Chalten to the north to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier in the south, the park encompasses glacial lakes, Patagonian forests, Andean peaks and a portion of the vast Patagonian Icefield. The icefield is the largest outside Antarctica and throughout the park you can witness snaking glaciers and ice filled channels and fjords and of course, the absolute highlight of any visit to southern Argentina, the Perito Moreno Glacier – 19 miles of slowly shifting ice.
Originally a shelter for wool traders and their flocks, the 'national capital of the glaciers' El Calafate flourished in the 1930s when the Argentine government created the nearby Perito Moreno National Park. When staying in El Calafate enjoy the flora of the area including the plant from which the town gets its name; legend says that those that eat its fruit will always come back for more. It's either that or the magnificent landscapes that will draw you back.