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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 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 - 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 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 - 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 28, 2016 - overland to El Calafate, Argentina

Before we left the hotel, Ken paid the bill for Internet and laundry service. We had left over pesos and wanted to use them, but the cashier said she would have to add 19% tax for local currency. If we used American dollars or a credit card, there was no tax. Quite an incentive to get more of our currency. Although today was a mostly driving day, it was not tedious. As we left Torres del Paine, we stopped at a few overlooks for some final appreciation of the mountain formation here. With every change of view, we saw a different aspect of...

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Jan 26, 2014 - Bariloche to El Calafate, Argentina

Saturday 25th January 2014 Bariloche to Perito Moreno Town, Argentina (860km) Today is a long driving day further south into Argentina. Left the campsite at 6am, dark but dry. It was a noisy campsite so everyone was feeling tired, so it was quiet on the truck for the first few hours with most people asleep. We travelled through mostly bleak looking landscapes with low hummocky bushes. We saw quite a few guanacos (like llamas or alpacas only bigger) and even some rhea – an emu like bird that we’ve never seen before. We had lunch at a warm...

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Jan 4, 2014 - El Calafate 1-3 January 2014

1 January 2014 Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina) Puerto Natales to El Calafate ~ 5 hours by bus, including border crossing A new Patagonian year and two new stamps in the passport is a nice way to start- one border crossing to leave Chile and one to enter Argentina. No immigration issues and no delays which we understand is a treat. Chile has been a friendly easy enjoyable and spectacular place that gets under your skin and makes it welcoming to stay a while and continue to hike the mountains and soak up the scenery and...

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Dec 28, 2013 - Patagonia: El Calafate and Perito Merino

Patagonia, Argentina: El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 26-28 December 2013 Template text. Argentine Patagonia Christmas Day saw me pass the half way mark on my 57 day trip. The following day also sees me leave Chile behind, heading for the second time to Argentina, to El Calafate, to be precise. The bus reaches the border in 20 minutes, where formalities are pared to the minimum with no apparent baggage...

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Dec 19, 2013 - National Parks in Patagonia

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND THE BEST OF NEW YEAR'S TO YOU. Awe-inspiring visit to a glacier in beautiful weather yesterday. We went on a catamaran close to the face of it then walked to see the other face using the constructed boardwalks and viewpoints (miradors). This is a famous one that is not retreating but still growing from the high Patagonian icefields as fast as it breaks off into icebergs in the lake. Absolutely magnificent. The stopover before this was in El Chalten where we again had wonderful weather and saw unusually crystal...

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Nov 5, 2013 - El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Anticipated a relaxing day with a short one hour flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate. However unexplained problems delayed the flight for a couple of hours. Interesting to note the high stress levels displayed by the locals. Even Ron appeared cool as a cucumber by comparison. Our main purpose in coming to El Calafate in the Central Argentinian Patagonian region was to visit the Los Glaciares National Park, and in particular Perito Moreno Glacier. One might think that after all the glaciers we have seen in the last week or so we would be a...

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