These are temperate glaciers, which means they are at the melting point throughout the year from the surface to the base of the glacier. (Polar glaciers are always below the freezing point.) All of the glaciers we saw were receding with the exception of Perito Moreno in Argentina. The Skorpios III is the only ship that takes passengers into the southern ice fields. If you want to see these spectacular features of nature, book your trip soon!
- It is the height of the summer down here so it was very hot and humid in Rio, Iguassu Falls and Buenos Aires. We had several people who felt ill for 24 hours or so, probably due to dehydration.
- We had perfect, temperate weather in El Calfate which should have been cool and windy.
- Torres del Paine was hot, sunny and no wind. This is highly unusual as it is normally cold, overcast or drizzling and very windy. We had temperatures of 88 degrees one day, the hottest on record by 9 degrees! The local people were exhausted by the heat.
- The Chilean Fjords were cold (50’s) and drizzling. We were glad we had down jackets and rain gear.
- Santiago and Valparaiso are comfortable and sunny.
- And, Easter Island is expected to be hot and humid again.