Moreno Glacier and other ice cubes

Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
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Trip End May 15, 2007


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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

While we were in Ushuaia we had a brief moment of madness when we thought we'd spend the money we've saved for the wedding on a trip to Antarctica. However, after putting on our sensible heads, we decided to go to see glaciers and icebergs at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in El Calafate instead...and we were by no means disappointed.

As soon as we got to El Calafate, we headed straight for the booking office to cram in as many icy excursions as we could. We opted against ice climbing - as quite frankly it just looked too much like hard work - and booked ourselves onto two tours to see both the North and South Glaciers.

On the first day, we went on the 'Todos Glaciares' boat tour which was a full day excursion to the North of the National Park. We piled on as many layers of clothes as we could manage (while still being able to move our limbs) and stood out on deck of the catamaran to take in the beauty of the icy masses. 'Beautiful' does not even touch on the wonder of seeing an iceberg for the first time...I was actually rendered speechless (which David was very pleased about considering I haven't shut up for 3 months). The pictures only go a small way towards showing the blueness and mystical qualities of the ice.

The Perito Moreno Glacier (which is considered the main attraction near El Calafate) was also absolutely stunning. We went there as part of a tour which included a boat trip along the face of the glacier and a short hike. We ate our lunch on the catwalks in front of the glacier while watching huge chunks of ice calve off the glacier and go crashing into the water below. It took us a while to realise that the smaller of these chunks are actually the size of a car! The scale of the glacier is practically impossible to comprehend.
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