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Dec 8, 2012 - Amazing Patagonia

First off, we apologize for not uploading any photos but for some reason, it is taking painfully long to download them to the site, so you may have to see them post trip. We just completed the southern Patagonia leg of our journey. Today we flew to Ushuaia which is the most southern city in the world. We have lots to catch up on.... We arrived in El Calafate, a town of approx. 6ooo people on November 2. This is the major hub for serious trekking and tourism in Patagonia and therefore, is the sole reason for its existence. The town is...

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Dec 5, 2012 - Week 10 - Puerto Madryn, El Calafate, El Chalten (Argentina)

At the start of the week we were still in Puerto Madryn and following our successful day whale watching had booked a bus trip down to the Punta Tombo penguin colony, the most important Magellan penguin breeding ground on the continent with over 200,000 of the little critters during the breeding season when we were there (more than doubling at malting season). As soon as you entered the reserve you could see penguins sitting on eggs and chicks, under bushes and shrubs and hiding in holes, they were everywhere. It was so cute to watch the...

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Nov 12, 2012 - Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier walk today! This glacier is within Los Glaciares National Park and is the most visited as it is the mosdt accessible. Lago (lake) Argentino is below the glaciars and is the 3rd largest lake completely within Argentina. It is an incredibly milky turqoise due to the glacial silt in suspension. What has amazed us over this treip is the immensity of all we are seeing. Everything is on such a grand scale. Our first glimpse of the Perito Moreno Galcier is wonderful but we don´t really get a feel for it´s magnificence until...

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Nov 11, 2012 - Return to Argentina

Travel day today to El Calafete near the Los Glaciares National Park our next watering hole. We stop at the Mayadon Cave where remains of an ancient sloth were found, a short stretch for the legs before we set off again to cross the border again.This time it is much easier as the Argentines don´t really check much! We stop near an Estancia, sheep ranch, as we are changing to bus leaving Carlos and our driver Manuel to return to Chile. Another bus adventure as it is an hour and a half late. More heated conversation on the phone and much...

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May 1, 2012 - Perito Moreno y el Calafate

Nous revoilà en Argentine à el Calafate. Nous en sommes déjà à notre 4ème passage de frontière Chili-Argentine et ce n'est que le début (nous avons passé 2x la frontière sur le trajet pour aller à Ushuaia). On reconnait tout de suite que nous sommes en Argentine aux habitants assis un peu partout dans la ville à boire du mate. Mais, on le sait aussi quand on doit faire 6 distributeurs pour enfin pouvoir retirer de l'argent. En effet, les bancomats ne sont pas chargés régulièrement et il arrive souvent qu'ils soient vides... mais...

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Apr 4, 2012 - wind ice and snow

Left Ushuaia early - what a surprise another pre dawn departure with a huge day ahead. Had to reverse our ferry ride after departing Argentina and going back into Chile. Unfortunately the predawn departure meant that we didn't get another look at the magnificent mountain scenery until we were well past the best of it but the sunrise was absolutely beautiful. The about 100kms up the road we left Chile and back into Argentina waste of so much time. Found a good camp site next to an extinct volcano with a huge crater - Blue Lake and settled in...

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Feb 17, 2012 - El Calafate-Perito Moreno Glacier

Arrived in El Calafate at night and had to fight for a cab to the hostel. Jim and the kids were getting the bags off the bus while I ran to the other side of the bus station at 11 pm at night to try and secure a taxi to our hostel. There were 2 taxis and about 10 people needing a taxi. I offered the driver a bribe if he would wait for me while I found my family. It was late and a long day and I would have done just about anything to secure a ride to our hotel at midnight in a strange town. The driver, we found out later, was 80 years old...

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Nov 7, 2011 - It's Been A Tough Week in My Office ... How About You?

Buenas Dias Amigos! Last night I discovered I had not understood my itinerary correctly. Boy am I happy I saw all I did in B.A. as I will be transferring from the domestic flights airport to the international airport when we arrive back from Ushuaia. Boy I lost some sleep on that one, but I am all good now. To explain last night's post .... when hiking one has to stop moving to take in the scenery otherwise the likelihood of tripping is HUGE. So the phrase stop looking, keep watching was coined which means quit looking around and keep...

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Nov 6, 2011 - Stop Looking ... Start Watching

Hola Amigos!! What an exciting few days I have had! How many of you googled Fitz Roy mountain? Is it not the most amazing?? Imagine waking up to it every morning you lived in El Chalten. The guides in El Chalten have the best office ever. I have fallen in love with El Chalten. It is 26 years old and very quirky and small. They have satellite TV and internet but will not allow cell phones. It is crazy!! We stayed at the nicest little hotel where the breakfast table was laid for us each morning. It was such a nice change from staying at a...

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Nov 3, 2011 - El Calafate: Laguna Nimez

Before writing about today, I thought I'd mention about dinner last night. I woke up this morning with a raging thirst and a headache due to the fact that we had consumed a wonderful bottle of 1997 Malbec (I can't remember the name of the vineyard) with our meal the previous evening. I can't say that as a wine it had much nose and it took a while to open up, but it was quite refined and had great complexity. Generally, the Argentinian and Chilean wines we've drunk on this trip, evn the cheap ones, have been impressive.  But, getting back to...

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Nov 2, 2011 - Perito Moreno Glacier

Today in El Calafate was devoted to a full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier on Lake Argentina. There are actually many glaciers on Lake Argentina, however, the Perito Moreno Glacier is the easiest to reach, is the one of only three not retreating in Patagonia, and is perhaps the most visually spectacular. The day began early at Hosteria las Dunas, as we wanted to see the sunrise. The sunrise unfortunately beat us, as it gets light so early this far south; and dark so late. It was quite light at 0600 when the alarm went off, so we...

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Oct 5, 2011 - Patagonia Region

On Friday I left Buenos Aires with Hannah and Megan, two of the girls I met in Iguazu. We headed south to El Calafate, Argentina for a long weekend in the snow. It wasn't as cold as we had been expecting luckily, but we still had to rent pants and coats for the weekend ahead of us. That night we cooked a dinner in our hostel and ate in front of the sun setting over the mountains and lake in the landscape outside our dining room. We headed to bed early to prepare ourselves for our 7:30 a.m. departure for Parque Nacional Los Glacieres. Armed...

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