Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

We made it to El Calafate after our seemingly never ending 28.5hour bus from Bariloche. After getting directions to our hostel from the tourist information desk in the bus terminal, we headed off to find it. We stayed in Che Lagarto hostel which was the same hostel chain we stayed with in Rio. This place however, was completely different. It was nice and all but very very quiet. Itīs not the busy tourist season yet for this part of Argentina. We settled into our rooms and headed out to check out the town. Itīs basically one street with lots of shops selling camping/climbing and cold weather gear. Itīs also ridiculously expensive. A pair of those cheap tinsulate wooly gloves you would buy in Dunnes for 4euro are 21euro here. The food in some of the shops was the same but we found a nice supermarket the second day so that was great. We booked the bus to go see the Perito Moreno Glacier. This Glacier is incredible, its 30kms long by 5kms wide by 75m high. Itīs one of only 3 glaciers in Patagonia that is advancing and we were told that huge chunks of ice breaks off the face of the glacier everyday and crashes into the lake. The bus to the national park where the glacier was took about an hour. Like most places in Argentina a two tier pricing system exits where we had to pay 100 pesos but locals only had to pay 40 to get into the national park! I have to say though that it was worth every peso. We stopped at many viewing points along the way untill we eventually got to the main area and we were left out to go discover the glacier for ourselves. There were raised platforms going in all directions to give you various angles to view the glacier. We spent the next 5 hours walking along these platforms whilst stopping and staring at the glacier wishing that a huge chunk of ice would break off into the lake. For the first few hours we only saw a few small chunks of ice break off but after some lunch, we went back to our favourite viewing point and after an hour we saw a massive break that smashed into the water. It was addictive looking at it and we were delighted that we were rewarded with such a finale. Also I meant to say on the way to the national park we saw Flamingos and Condors which are birds much like a vultur that are only found in the Andes mountains. That night, we cooked for ourselves and sorted out accommadation for Puerto Natales in Chile which is where we are heading to next. The glacier was definetely the highlight of Argentina for us!   
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steve on

glacier looks awesome!!

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