Patagonia - The ice glaciers

Trip Start Mar 26, 2008
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Trip End Mar 26, 2009


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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

From Buenos Aires I decided I really wanted to go to Patagonia, the very south of Argentina to see and walk on the massive ice glaciers.  I chose to fly to save 2 days on a bus and on the flight over when we got close I looked out the window to see the sun shining over beautiful snow capped mountains as far as the eye could see.

El Calafate is the the small town which everyone stays at near the national park to visit these glaciers it is a little village in Patagonia Argentina. It is unusually sunny, quaint and has a ski town feel. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province,  Its name comes from a little bush with yellow flowers very common in Patagonia, with dark blue berries.

As soon as I arrived at my hostel I booked my first tour to the glacier. We drove into the park to take our first view of the beast. On first look you see from a distance a massive see of white which ends in a flat wall. Then you realise the size of this thing. It spreads from one mountain to the next, is 70 meters tall from the water level and goes even deeper under water level and goes back 5 km !!!

Then we were taken up close where they have wooden walkways surrounding it for amazing close up views. The size really hits you in the face up this close... its as tall as 3 story building has an amazing colour then comes the sound. Every now and then you hear echoing creaking, craking then huge thuder like crashes as massive chucks fall and hit the water below.  This glacier is the only advancing glacier in the world !

In the afternoon, we strap on metal spikey shoes and walk on the edge of the glacier. The walk is very easy but it was brilliant to actually be on this monster. The light shone through it and looked amazing. The sun was shining but suddenly changed in seconds then 10 minutes later the sun was out again, crazy!  At the end of the walk they cracked ice of the glacier and made everyone a whiskey on the rocks.

The next day I went on a boat all day seeing some other glaciers and sailing past huge blue icebergs. All in all Im so glad I made the effort to come down here. It was a completely different experience and a great one.
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