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Mar 24, 2017 - Sick day

On longer trips, I get sick sooner or later. This is my sick day. Mo is with the group looking at glaciers, and I'm home, sick. I mentioned the Plague Truck earlier, and we have noticed many tourists with the same hacking cough. It may be caused by airborne dust, but it's certainly not India-style air pollution. Regardless, I could not get out of bed this morning, feel like I've been beaten with a stick, can't eat, and worst of all even coffee does not taste good. Stress probably contributes. It's been cold, the truck days long, the...

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Dec 1, 2015 - Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Day 14 Overland to Calafate. The wind was still blowing when we left Tuorres de Paine National Park for Calafate. By air, Calafate was about 40miles NE but high mountains stand in the way of a road. Instead we had to go east out on the Patagonian steppe.We took route 7 easr to La Esperanza then north on 5. The ranches were few and far apart here because the few that are here are BIG, one was 250,000 acres. It was a long, rather boring 150 mile/6 hour ride with nothing to see except mile after mile of grassland populated by mostly sheep. It...

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Dec 31, 2013 - Arrived

Después de hacer escala en Ushuaia El Calafate nos recibió fresco y con lluvia. La combi nos dejó en la intendencia del parque, donde hablamos con Matilde quien nos llevó al alojamiento y nos explicó cuestiones básicas de la experiencia del voluntariado y "reglas" de convivencia, es simpática y al mismo tiempo seria, asi que promete bien. Compramos viveres para varios dias en La Anónima, supermercado patagónico por excelencia (changuito lleno). El hambre (no comimos mas que una sopita quick, galletitas y sandwichitos de miga) y el sueño...

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In Patagonia 2014

Nov 19, 2013 - Windy Calafate and the glaciers

So we left Bahia Bustamante - again with sad hearts, it really was such an amazing place. Being so remote, it took us around two and half hours to get to Trelew airport for our flight to Calafate. We were there quite early, thanks in part to the way that our driver hurtled down the highway towards the airport (not quite as scary as it had been in the dark, but scary nevertheless!). The flight to Calafate was around two hours, and quite bumpy on the approach, due to the wind, but at least the box of snacks was different, we were becoming...

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Nov 25, 2012 - Wind and Ice

A short day's driving along well made roads took us to Calafate. This part of the world is famed for its strong winds and we got to experience it again today. Apart from the buffeting and noise, that we are getting used to, I noticed that the steering wheel was decidedly not straight - for about an hour. Those tyres will have be working hard again! Glorious sunshine greeted us in Calafate, a town that has become a major tourist destination due to the nearby Moreno glacier. Although we have a day off tomorrow to visit it, we decided along...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Dec 28, 2011 - South Patagonia, mountain paradise

Our first stop in Patagonia was El Calafate, a lively town by a beautiful lake and next to the spectacular Glacier Moreno. We had the chance to go trekking on the glacier, walking with our ice-crampons next to huge crevasses, into ice caves and witnessing huge chunks of ice falling into the lake. Quite something. El Calafate is also where we spent New Year's Eve, at our cool hostel Nakel Yenu, where we had a huge barbecue, and the wine was served from a 10 litre bottle. HAPPY NEW YEAR indeed! Then we headed 3hours North to El Chalten, a...

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Blame it on Rio!

Jan 26, 2009 - perito moreno glacier

guided excursion to the Perito Moreno glacier, a very active glacier on the south arm of Lago Argentino. The Perito Moreno Glacier, a 60m-high relict of the Ice Age, creates a unique geographic event approx. every three or four years. As it advances, it pushes out across the surface of the lake, cutting the lake into two separate sections. As water pressure builds up on one side over the years, the glacier eventually explodes open with a torrent of water and a fury of calving icebergs. Although this spectacular event no longer occurs as...

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round the world

Dec 13, 2008 - Calafate, Argentina

Ravi -- 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...

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