Know Balmaceda Glacier
Located in the west side of Balmaceda Mount, the glacier is a unique view and a must-see attraction in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park. With 2035 meters of extension, the Balmaceda offers a real show when its icebergs detach from the east side of the glacier. Nevertheless its activity is in retrocession, losing ice due to global warming. Still, it's a wonderful place to visit, that may not exist in the near future.
Attractions: Iceberg sighting.
Activities: Trekking, hikking, high mountain tours, climbing, sea and river kayak, rafting, birds match, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.
How to get there: Santiago-Punta Arenas: Airway.
Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales: Land route, by Route 9 north.
Puerto Montt-Puerto Natales: Seaway.
Puerto Natales-Balmaceda Glacier: Seaway, through travels within Bernardo O´Higgins and Torres del Paine National Parks (summer season).
When to go: All year long.
Weather: Cold height weather. Its temperatures are lower than 0°C. The rain – usually as snow- surpasses 2000 milimeters per year.
Services: Housing, food, transportation.
Surroundings: Las Montañas Channel, Castillo Hill, W Network: Torres del Paine Base- Valle del Frances-Grey Lake, network: Cordillera Paine Lake, Puerto Natales seashort, Dos Lagunas, Calvo Fjord, Bories cold-storage plant, Balmaceda Glaciar, Gulf of Almirante Montt, Balmaceda Lake, Azul Lagoon, Verde Lagoon, Paine Mountain, Cueva del Milodon Natural Monument, Bernardo O´Higgins National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Antonio Varas Peninsula, Puerto Natales, Alacalufe National Reserve, Serrano River, Ultima Esperanza Inlet.