One of the highlights of visiting Patagonia is visiting the many glaciers in the area. Some you can hike (like Grey) and some you can admire from a distance from the water (besides Grey, Serrano and Balmaceda) and are quite accessible from Puerto Natales by a boat tour). I got to tour these beautiful glaciers by boat and it was very enjoyable. But there was even more than the glaciers to enjoy!
On the way to the glaciers from Puerto Natales
The boat left from Puerto Natales and the route over was beautiful. Even if that had been the purpose of the trip, that would have been worth it. But, of course it wasn’t and that the glaciers would be even better. Nevertheless, the way over offered many great sights!
I hiked Grey in my trek in Patagonia earlier this year (see here for that story). But in 2010 I saw it from a distance when I traveled around Patagonia when I sailed on a boat tour around the glaciers near Puerto Natales. It was a neat place to visit as we got to walk to an area on the opposite side of Lake Grey from the glacier and face the glacier and watch the ice floes.
Before I go on to the other two glaciers… a couple of images that I like from this boat trip.
Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers
We also visited the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. These glaciers kiss the water like Grey glacier does but in what seemed a narrow and steeper “face” as it hits the water. We were able to get off the boat in one of them (the Serrano glacier) and hike around the shoreline near the glacier.
And more beauty
Seeing the glaciers so close was nothing short of spectacular. These “things” are magical and I expected they would be. But I also saw some beautiful sights that had nothing to do with the glacier: the unique flora in the immediacy of the glaciers and that was unexpected.