The Perito Moreno Glacier Rupture
This glacier is one of only 3 Patagonian glaciers that are still growing and advancing today, while all other glaciers in the Southern and Northern ice fields of Patagonia are receding and shrinking. The reasons for this still remain an issue of debate among glaciologists. Every 4 to 5 years, a phenomenon known as a ‘rupture’ occurs at the glacier, and glaciologists of Los Glaciares National Park have recently confirmed that the cycle of the ‘closing of the glacier’, which eventually leads to its rupture, has officially begun. In rare occasions, such as the one of the last 2 ruptures, this phenomenon can occur within just a year of the previous one. The last recorded rupture of the bridge occurred on March 10, 2016.
Here are the years of the previous ruptures in the last 4 decades: 2016, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2006, 2004, 1988, 1986, 1980. Read more here --→ Perito Moreno Glacier Rupture Phenomenon.
Trekking on Perito Moreno
There are two types of trekking available to adventure seekers on the glacier. The first one is the mini-trekking option that takes about an hour and a half and the other is the big ice option that takes about 5 hours. It is up to you to choose how long you want to remain outdoors on ice.
Winter trekking is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have while in Patagonia. If you want to trek on ice on a glacier, why not do it on the most beautiful glacier in the southern hemisphere, the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina?