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Nov 25, 2019 - 10,000 glacier pictures!

It was back to El Calafate for our last full day before heading across the border to Chile. We had pre booked a full day tour out to Perito Moreno glacier, with our pickup being 8:30am. Unfortunately, the weather was once again not cooperating but hey, after nearly 9 weeks, you can’t expect sunshine and clear skies every day. The glacier is approximately two hours away and by the time we got there, the weather had deteriorated. The one-hour boat cruise to the base of the glacier tested even the hardiest of tourists; it was VERY windy and...

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Nov 23, 2019 - You snooze, you lose!

My weather app informed me that the skies would be clear and it wouldn’t be too cold (well too cold for here anyway) so I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to photograph the amazing mountains that surround El Chalten. I set the alarm for 5am, wanting to make sure I was in position and ready for when the sunlight hit those mountains. Even though official sunrise was 6:35am, it was still very light outside as I made my way to the trek up to Mirador de los Condores. The lookout is approximately 40 minutes from our hotel but the first 20...

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Nov 22, 2019 - Hiking again, minus two toenails!

After an in-depth study of the El Chalten hiking map, we decided to opt for a transfer to the start of one of the “easier” walks and make our way back to town. According to the map and the tour operator, this required a moderate level of fitness and should take approximately four hours. We opted for the 9:30am transfer and after an hour of bumping up the stone road (this is the major highway too, connecting Argentina to Chile) were ready to get started. Unlike the previous day, the sun was shining and there was a cooling wind – read head...

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Nov 21, 2019 - Welcome to Argentina

After 28 hours of travelling (Vienna/Frankfurt/Buenos Aires/el Calafate) we finally arrived at our destination in El Calafate. This is the starting point for our Patagonian adventure and the reason I have been carrying around all this photographic equipment with me! By the time we checked in to our hotel, it was around 4pm. Unlike where we had come from, the sun sets here at 10:30pm, not 4:30pm! All this daylight is doing my head in! Craig has been thrown with the time difference and jet lag, so he decided to take it easy in the room. I...

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Dec 17, 2017 - Afternoon hike to the Lake on the estancia next to Eolo

So it's Saturday afternoon and we requested a stroll down to the Lake, when we informed we would need a guide as well as full artic gear, we thought they must take us as some Lilly liveried townies. However they stroll ended up as an 1and half hike across the Patagonian Plato with a gale force Westland wind driven across the Andes. It fine from the balcony with a glass of red wine. Anyhow worth the visit as one our Guide Rodrigaz had brought some mate( said like mattea ) and two there were flamingoes all in perfect condition and coloured in...

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Dec 17, 2017 - Peirto Moreno Glacier

Today Sunday 17th December and woken at 05:00 by what can only be described as a howling gale may be force 9 or 10. We have been told that Eolo is the Greek god of the wind and is Patagonias Spirit, the wind always blows here... I thought we was going to lose the roof. Up early so off to breakfast just incase last nights meal had left any gaps.. Off to the Peroto Morena Glacier, a place which all Argentinias must visit a bit like their Mecca. And again we were not disappointed. Our shared transport was with Italians so apart from a verse of...

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Dec 17, 2017 - Our First Photographed Condors

Following the glacier trip, we have an opportunity to walk around the South and North face of the glacier which we take with relish. After watching, looking and hearing the grauncing, grinding, cracking and the occasional calving and crashing of the ice, we saw our first condone. At this particular time the rain and sleet closed in being driven by a fierce wind from up the glacier some 50km's at its peak in Chile or should I say bloody chilly. So I tried to capture these large graceful birds dominating the skies with such ease and skill. We...

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Dec 17, 2017 - Cataraman Trip to Upsala and Spegazini Glaciers

This morning which Saturday16th we were packed by our hotel with a backpack full of food, just in case we got hungry for a snack!!!!! We have to be driven the 7km from the hotel to meet the bus on our shared transport, yes the one Alison to wanted so she could speak to somebody else, well guess what, there the other 6 people were all Argentinian and our limited Spanglish got as far as Buenos Dais and Adios. Anyhow it is a different voice. So we head to a Cataraman were we board and head to the Glacier. Spegazini is one if he largest...

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Dec 15, 2017 - El Calafate Eolo Hotel

Early flight out of Bariloche, which was fortunate as that the airport is small and there was only 1 flight, as the flight board indicated Gate 3, the announcement confirmed ad Gate 1 and we were finally loaded by Gate 2. Arrived in Calafate in 11c and raining, met by hoyhay or George and was taken to the Eolo. I thought that the Belmond hotel in Inguassa was pretty special, but Eolo is about 1 hour out of El Calafate half was up a mountain, again in the middle of nowhere and run on generators. We were taken to one of four upper suites and...

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Apr 17, 2017 - 25 March 2017 - Jaramillo, Argentina

A long drive today to get to our basic campsite which was an old estancia (ranch). Our cook group was cooking and we threw together a slightly mexican meal of mince, onions, garlic , tomatoes and all the veggies we could find, plus plenty of chilli and corn chips. It seemed to go down well and no-one went hungry. The weather is turning wet but at least it's not so cold now. We were up early the next day ready for an 8.30am start to see the petrified forest at Jaramillo. After a bit of faffing around waiting for a guide, and the rain getting...

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Apr 17, 2017 - 23 March 2017 - El Calafate

Another border crossing today back into Argentina as we head to El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glacier. El Calafate is named after the calafate berry we have seen all over the area - if you eat one of these berries, so the saying goes, you will return to Patagonia. We shall see - I ate a few! The town was originally a sheep station and trading post but tourism is its main claim to fame these days. Nearby is the Perito Moreno glacier, 30km long and 5km wide where it spills into the lake, and an ice face of 170m (only 70m of this above...

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Mar 27, 2017 - Camping

We have camped several nights since we entered Argentina. Dragoman provides rugged, overly-worn canvas A-frame tents that would be at home at Army basic training, though they are so heavy to carry they would be punishment on the back. Once set up, they are reasonably roomy for two Americans or three Dutch girls, have vents, and could withstand gale winds if properly staked. Annoyingly, the zippers on the doors are the perfect height to tangle in Mo's hair. Our rain fly leaks a little in strong rain. When fully zipped up, the heavy canvas...

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