Chilean Fjords, Brujo Glacier, Strait of Magellan

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
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Trip End Aug 17, 2013


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Flag of Chile  , Patagonia,
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Chilean Fjords were beautiful. We were surrounded with blue waters and snow-capped mountains. The captain and crew said it was the nicest day there that they had seen in years.
The next morning, I woke up to floating ice chunks outside our balcony. They were broken off from the Brujo Glacier. It was the first glacier I had ever seen, and it was huge. Definition of a glacier: Ice chunk that is moving under its own weight. Our Travel Guide Benjamin said to imagine it like this - you have a big bowl of pudding, and you push down in the middle. It comes up over the sides. That is sort of what happens with a glacier. Usually the ice becomes so compressed with all the weight on top of it, the air bubbles are squeezed out. That makes the ice blue (when there is air, something happens with the light waves and makes it so the blue doesn't show). The blue color is really pretty. My new favorite color is actually "glacier blue" now. It's very similar to the color of the Carribean Sea, which was my last favorite color.
On that day, we traveled through Canal Sarmiento. Then we entered the Strait of Magellan. It was super windy in there! I had major difficulty just getting the doors open. We just went part-way into the Strait to get to Punta Arenas (info on next entry). Then we went back out the next day.
Punta Arenas, Chile
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