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Flag of Argentina  , Santa Cruz,
Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bye Bye Buenos Aires we left and the weather was fine not too hot, not too cold and caught our  flight to El Calafate via Ushuaia where we had a stop off for half an hour.  I can honestly say the flight was the worst one I have ever encountered in my life, it was blowing a gale, coming into land the plane was all over the place I thought my heart was going to pop out of my chest, we eventually landed but the worst of all was knowing we had to take off again, never the less we did and thus arrived in El calafate.  It was evening when we arrived so we just checked straight in and started chatting to a couple from London, so we all had a well earned beer or two...three...four!  The hostel we got for 20 pesos for 3 nights for 11 and it is voted the best in South America, and it is! It has heated floor and a hugh open fire with great views over Largo Argentina which is the largest lake in Argentina.

We got up early to watch the England v Germany game and after 1-4  decided to turn coat to Argentina, we went off to an Argentina bar to support Argentina. Such a great laugh we met up with a few friends we made in the hostel, the atmosphere was great, horns, whistles, hooters and really cheap local beer. The barmaid told us there was ice skating on the Lake after the game so we went down to Largo Argentina to give it a go, however it has started to melt so no go for us! There was a fire dancer so we watched her and headed back to the hostel.

Today we got up early to get a bus to Perito Mareno Glacier nation Park to see the largest glacier in Argentina, the Patagonia's are very very lucky people having this.  At this point in my travels it is the most spectacular thing I have seen....second to Iguassu Falls.  We took a boat trip right up to the glacier which took us right up to it, I couldn't believe how big it was,  28km in length and 8 km wide and 60 meters high, it sweeps through the valley to make a spectacular sight and the best of all you can hear it crack as it moves apparently it moves up to 2 meters a day and the oldest part of it is the front which stands between 250 and 500 years old,.  We stood long enough to witness a hugh piece of ice break away and fall into the water it made such a noise a real treat to see, unfortunately I couldn't get my camera ready to take a picture quick enough.
 We woke up Tuesday to blizzards and snow everywhere so attempted to head into the town, it's incredible to think we have gone from hot in Rio to snow in a matter of 2 weeks.  The crazy thing about this place is when you head out of your hostel a dog will follow you, then you turn around and there is 2, then after ten minuter 3...4...5, before we knew it we came out of the supermarket and there was a pack of dogs sat waiting for us.  One think I find is the days go so quickly and everyone you meet is so friendly , you can make a friend in a matter of minutes.  We have met a really great bunch of people here and are having such a great time, as we are all heading in different directions Wednesday we have all shared recommended hostels, places to visit.  We will all probably meet again later in our travels when our paths cross again in Medozer!

We get a 27 hour night bus north to Bariloche today, that is Argentinian The Lake District so lots of trekking to be done as my ankle seems to be going down now.
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America Del Sur

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