PIO XI GLACIER
Know Pio XI Glacier
Located in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park, Pio XI Glacier is another must-see place in the region. Pio XI is as big as Santiago, with a surface of 1265 squared kilometers, which grows 50 meters in height, length and density every day. This is a unique quality, all the other glaciers in Patagonia and in most areas of the world are losing extension, whereas Pio XI keeps growing everyday. Pio XI Glacier, the biggest one in South America, offers a unique view of the landscape, wether you chose to see it from a boat or standing on it, if weather conditions permit it.
Attractions: The biggest glacier in South America. Only glacier that keeps growing every year.
Activities: Hiking, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.
How to get there: Santiago-Punta Arenas: Airway.
Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales: Land route, by Route 9 north.
Puerto Natales-Pio XI Glacier: seaway, by special tours or charters.
Santiago-Puerto Montt: Land route and airway
Puerto Montt-Puerto Natales: Seaway.
When to go: January, February, March, October, November, December.
Weather: Cold high 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.