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Oct 6, 2013 - Parques Nationales de los Glacieres

Los Parques Nacionales des Glacieres Turned out we were a large group of about 20 people, with folks from Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, and Australia. Our guide Nadia is very knowledgeable both about the history of the town and the glaciers. As we drove the 80km to the park, passing the estancias or ranches that are still in operation spotting steppe horses, sheep with their young, condors, and of course cattle. The weather turned from sunny and warm to overcast and drizzling, not too different from Vancouver. This turned out to...

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Oct 5, 2013 - El Calafate

El Calafate So sorry boys and girls...so much to do, so little time and a few technical glitches - web site crashing trying to upload video - (I'm determined to figure it out as I need to upload them so I can get them off ipad as I'm having serious issues with space), that I haven't sent you updates in a few days now. After requesting our hosts lay on breakfast 30 min early so we could make our ride to the airport, our driver showing up equally early. Mmmmm, Sebastien again, does the guy not sleep? We were feeling a little anxious at our...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Buenos Aires City Tour

Well our first full day in Buenos Aires. As mentioned, our previous night was less than ideal, but a scrumptious omelet and great Argentine coffee and we were off to our city tour. Our guide Joanna was very charming and our driver Manuel was equally knowledgable and amusing, joining in on our banter. Realizing that most Portanos can a least understand English even if they don't speak it very well. The tour was a whirlwind visit to some of the famous neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires including the microcentre with the main historical building...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Buenos Aires Our first day

Ok boys and girls, so much to catch you all up on. During everyone's siesta, I ventured out on my own to get my bearings and to hunt out a locale for dinner. Beef was on my mind for some reason. We are staying in a section of town called Palermo which is divided into micro-sections such as soho, hollywood and centre. We are in Hollywood because there are at least 5 TV stations, two cell phone and one newspaper head office located here. There are 13 million residents of Buenos Aires and is actually larger than all of Spain (which they are...

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Mar 16, 2013 - Everything can change in a second

Nearly didn't get to write this latest entry. You see we were driving down Ruta 40 towards El Calafate when over to the left way back near a fence on the other side of the road I spotted a guanaco. These are to Argentinian drivers what kangaroos are to Australians. Another car was approaching on what was otherwise a long straight stretch of highway through barren land. Suddenly the guanaco charges rapidly, galloping towards both cars. It's a sight I'll never forget. Luckily Jim didn't see any of this or he might have reacted with disastrous...

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Feb 8, 2013 - El Calafate

2/8/2013 A semi rest day. We stayed at camp today and walked the town. El Calafate reminded us of a miniature Banff or Jasper. The main part of town is 8 blocks long filled with many booking agencies and gift shops. The town has a population of about 25,000 and gets about 100,000 visitors per year.

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Feb 7, 2013 - El Calafate

2/7/2013 Our first sightings of the Andes. Not all that impressive until we get nearer to El Calafate. This small mountain town on the foothills of the Andes reminds us of Jasper or Banff in Alberta, Canada. El Calafate is the jumping off point to visit the Moreno Glacier. After getting our campsite in El Calafate we headed out to Moreno Glacier for a one hour boat tour. We have seen many glaciers in our time and while looking forward to the cruise did not have high expectations, WE WERE WRONG! Moreno Glacier is a sight to behold. On our...

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Jan 18, 2013 - Torres del Paine-Day 2

We are having a wonderful time, except for the frustration of the Internet and this "my trip journal" site. The last two nights I tried to post, but it wouldn't save, so I couldn't send out e-mail notifications. Hopefully this will go through. Tomorrow we leave for our cruise (Punta Arenas to Ushuaia.) That is the one part of the trip that definitely has no Internet service. If this message goes through, I will attempt to go back to my El Calafate posts. Most likely, you will have to wait for the rest of my photos & details until after I...

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Jan 14, 2013 - Perito Moreno Glacier & Laguna Nimez Bird Reserve

This is the third time I have typed this update! Maybe this will work this time! We are staying at the Hotel Kosten Aike- a somewhat Swiss decor hotel, but very much influenced by the Teheulche Indian culture & heritage. Two things really surprised us. One is the heat! We came with all cold weather clothes and the temperature has been muy caliente! (Hot!). Secondly, it doesn't get dark until 11:00! On our first day here, we had a private driver take us to view the Perito Moreno Glacier. Mario was great, & we really enjoyed our day. He drove...

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Jan 13, 2013 - Iguazu to El Calafate

Up early today to fly to El Calafate, via Buenos Aires. Long travel day! But we were very fortunate that out flights went as scheduled. "On time" seems to be a rarity for this airline, but we have been very fortunate that our first three legs have gone VERY well. Unfortunately, there was a 3 1/2 hr. scheduled layover in BAs. Finally arrived in El Calafate, found a taxi & headed to the Hotel Kosten Aike. More later.

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Jan 7, 2013 - Glaciers and icebergs, southern Patagonia

Wow! Wow! Wow! Even on a rainy day, the glaciers in southern Patagonia are absolutely spectacular. Perito Moreno glacier took my breath away with its sheer size; people appear like tiny ants on the surrounding 4 km of catwalks that offer superb opportunities to watch and listen to the glacier which regularly 'calves', sending huge chunks of ice into the surrounding glacial water. Perito Moreno is one of the few 'stable' glaciers, not receding as is now the norm. In size, it is about 30 km long, 5 km wide and about 60m high. We have had...

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Dec 14, 2012 - Glacier Perito Moreno, El Calafate

Day trip to Lago Argentino (largest lake in all of Argentina, some 1600 sq km) and the utterly fabulous Glacier Perito Moreno. Mixed group of around 20 of us, mainly Spanish speakers and one other Brit. Couple of photo stops along the way and then a catamaran on the lake taking us up close to the glacier itself. It's one of the world's few glaciers that is not receding and ice calves off the glacier every 10 minutes or so, crashing noisily into the water. Then a trip to the main look out point where there's a series of viewing balconies...

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