Our time in El Calafate actually was quite short, as we spent more time getting there and leaving than actually at El Calafate. Unfortunately, there isn´t much between Bariloche and El Calafate to catch our eye, and as our time was running short, we ended up traveling for 32 hours via three buses to span the distance, leaving just after 5pm Friday, finally arriving after 1am Saturday night (Sunday morning)!
El Calafate itself is a tiny town that seemingly exists as a tourist hub for one of the world´s natural wonders nearby: Perito Moreno Glacier. Spanning 30 KILOmeters in length and 60 meters in height, it is actually growing while most glaciers are receding (about 2 meters a day).
We took a tour to the glaciers during the afternoon of Sunday the 14th. The views from afar showed us the extent of the amazing glacier as it protuded into the lake between two mountains.
At the national park, we took a boat ride to get up close to the icey crags which towered above us. They seemed to almost glow a bright blue in some spots -- quite gorgeous -- and reminded us of Superman's lair. The highlight was when entire towers of ice would come crashing into the waters below, creating a bomb-like blast sound and spraying tons of displaced water into the air.
Miradors and walkways were set up throughout the park, affording us great views along the length of the Perito Moreno Glacier. What a cool and unique place!