I almost blew across Patagonia....

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Trip End Dec 03, 2009


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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Friday, October 23, 2009

We are currently sitting in our hotel upstairs looking out the panoramic windows overlooking Lake Argentina while the wind HOWLS outside (must be 50 miles an hour!) and enjoying a lovely cup of Calafate tea (made from Calafate berries!). 

We arrived in El Calafate late last night after a three hour bus ride from El Chalten. Our hotel was warm and inviting and very cute with lots of wood and antique furniture. 

After a fantastic breakfast we headed off to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. During our 1.5 hour drive from the hotel we saw lots of Andean condors and eagles overhead, and flamingos in the lagoons. As we arrived at Perito Moreno glacier our local guide Cecilia played the theme from Star Wars to lead up to our first view of the huge glacier! Very funny!

Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most famous glaciers in the world because of its accessibility (you can get really close to the face) and also because it is one of the only glaciers that is not receding. The glacier stands about 30 to 60 meters above the water and about 100 to 150 meters below the water level. It also has a lot of activity, with the ice calving and breaking off into the water with huge crashes and cracks. We spent a couple of hours walking around the face of the glacier. The weather was changing every 5 minutes, from warm and sunny, to cold, windy and snowy. You are constantly adding and then removing layers of clothing, but that we are told, is Patagonia weather for you.

After we returned from the glacier we spent some time chasing flamingos. Yes, flamingos. Across from our hotel is a couple of small lakes where we can see flamingos, so we decided to brave the strong gales of wind to take some photos of these wild flamingos. Unfortunately they were quite shy, so we only got a few good shots, but it was entertaining to try to walk in that wind!

We also had a fantastic dinner in a restaurant overlooking El Calafate. For $12.50USD we had empanada appetizers, salads, fries and a HUGE sizzling platter of meats (chicken, lamb, sausages and beef). Plus brownies and local ice cream for dessert. Literally enough food to feed 4 people for just one person!!! Good value!! All the meats were cooked in an open glass fire pit inside the restaurant and when you left you left smelling like grilled meats!

We are enjoying our trip so far! On to Chile tomorrow, we head to Puerto Natales!
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stumeliana
stumeliana on

Hi from home
G'day Mel and David. The weather we had in Tassie looks pretty much like what you're having in the Andes (though not as extreme). With what you've been eating, you're going to have to do a considerable amount of climbing or you'll come back looking like fat agoutis (can't think of any other obese South American animals!)rather than flamingos.
Love Dad (and Mum)

susanne7
susanne7 on

Hi from Susanne
Hi you guys, sounds like you are having a great time!
Good for you!
If I learn one thing this year- it is to grab life with both hands! AND ENJOY
This blog is a great idea,I really enjoyed the pics.
Keep safe,
all the best
love susanne.

thenahms
thenahms on

Re: Hi from Susanne
Yes, we´re definitely enjoying ourselves! Can´t wait to come home and show you all our whole trip!

Dad, we´ve certainly fulfilled our hiking and walking quota -- three days of 6 - 8 hours hiking up mountains. If I keep this up I WILL come home looking like a flamingo (well a short, stumpy one anyway!)

Dad, we´ll compare your Tassie trip to our Patagonia trip... I am sure we both had some great experiences and photos!

Love hearing the comments! Keep them coming!

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