Ventisquero Waterfall, South America, Chile


Address -: Ventisquero Waterfall, XI Aisén, Queulat National Park ,South America, Chile

Some of the most impressive falls in South America are the comparatively little known Ventisquero Colgante Falls. Falls start from the base of Ventisquero Colgante - the Hanging Glacier and fall down from a hanging valley, shaped by this same glacier. The blue wall of this ancient glacier is towering high above the waterfall, but few hundred metres from the ice is growing lush rainforest.
The hanging valley of Ventisquero Colgante has been shaped by ice. As the climate became warmer, this 50,000 years old glacier retreated and a cliff wall of incredible proportions opened.The ablation process is on-going and a powerful stream of meltwater flows from the base of the glacier and immediately falls down from the giant wall.

Ventisquero Colgante glacier was discovered only in 1875, during the hydrographical research led by Captain Enrique Simpson Baeza. Captain reported that the snow of the glacier is just 100 m from the bank of channel. It is not entirely clear whether he saw the waterfall and whether this waterfall was visible at all - but it is clear that the glacier has retreated since then and now the ice is 8 km from the edge of channel.


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