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Jan 24, 2011 - Leaving Calafate / Patagonia

Today we are leaving El Calafate in the Patagonia region and flying up to Bariloche in the Lakes region. Patagonia is a wild area; ceaseless winds, immense vistas, snow capped mountains, vivid glacial blues, and an emptiness that fills the soul. It will be sorely missed. Caio for now

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Jan 20, 2011 - El Chalten y El Calafate

We returned to El Calafate after a week in El Chalten; low-tech Eden to `modern suburb`. I guess there is a compromise/tradeoff to be accepted. Small is `natural`, but limited, while bigger gains while also losing. Bus ride, 1 1/2 hour, from Calafate, to the headwall at Glacier Moreno as well worth it - there were frequent `calving` of six story apartment building `bits` falling with distant gun shot sounds; the relative sound/size is not only indescribable, but incomprehensible. It looks and sounds `small`, but when you accept the relative...

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Dec 18, 2010 - El Calafate

Got our tickets yesterday for 8 am bus to Calafate, 1/2 full, spitting rain as we walk to terminal (which is only 1 year old). altho cloudy, once out of El Chalten and away from mtns in valley, the rain stops and we see panoramic views of lake, distant mtns, plains in fore ground...difficult to describe. Plants/trees prolific near water ways, near mtns but thin out further away to sagebrush-like stuff other than right close to the road. Along the sides of the road artemesia-like white leafed plants, mounding,yellow flowering, deep green...

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South America Plus

May 20, 2010 - À la conquête du sud (de l'Argentine)

On roule entre le ciel bleu et la steppe patagonique, une plaine quasi désertique, puis entre les deux commencent à apparaître des montagnes toutes blanches. De temps en temps, le bus freine pour laisser passer des ñandus (petites autruches-émeus) ou des guanacos (des vigognes en plus poilu et musclé). On arrive dans l'un des endroits censés être parmi les plus chers du voyage. La Patagonie est réputée pour être la région la plus chère d'Argentine. Or c'est la basse saison car ici l'hiver commence et ce n'est pas encore les vacances...

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May 3, 2010 - El Calafate

El Calafate (27th - 30th April) After spending 4 nights in the bustling and noisy city of BA, I was somewhat happy to be getting back to a smaller town vibe. We arrived in El Calafate bright and early on the 27th as we caught a 3 hour flight from BA. Flying is a real treat for hard core backpackers like us and a good break from the usual 20 hour bus rides. El Calafate is a small-ish town in the region of Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated on the southern shore of Lago Argentina. It owes its reputation to being the nearest town to access...

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Apr 16, 2010 - Sweet home, El Calafate

This morning was cold with 100% chance of rain and snow. Still the youthful brits and yanks set off on day long hikes as I ate my breakfast wondering, should I too be foolish or should I be smart and have a nice warm coffee somewhere. As I walked down the road iot became clear that at 9:30am this town was dead, just about everyshop was closed. I was getting desperate when i reached the other end of town and had a coffee at the petrol station. Yes who was being foolish now? As I walked back towards the hostel, which I knew was warm and...

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Apr 13, 2010 - Patagonia mix

Todays entry is going to be an ecletic mix of whatever I think of... Why? Well because I didn't do anything exciting today. Mostly walking around town, eating and booking hotels. So rather than bore you with those details, i'll try and provide you with some other short tales that have happened so far in my visit to Patagonia. I probably didn't mention the fact that my hotel is on the old El Calafate airport runway. Technically speaking if I had an aircraft of somekind and if i wanted to break a law, I could just fly straight on down the...

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Apr 11, 2010 - Welcome to El Calafate, its a lovely -1 degrees outside

Before i start about todays events, i thought i'd mention another thing from the other day. I was Rick-rolled on the bus. technically you can only be rick-rolled by receiving an email, but i believe hearing the words "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down....." at any time constitutes a rick rolling. For those like my parents and grandparents who are unlikey to know what rickrolling is, its when someone sends you a link on the internet, that then plays Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never gonna give you up". The youth of today and the...

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Jan 23, 2010 - off to Ushuaia

Today I am off to the end of the world - Ushuaia. I am very concerned about my luggage weight, and also how windy it is going to be. My driver picked me up promptly and drove very fast to the airport. I queued with everone else with my excessive luggage. When it was my turn I put a cherry smile on my face (difficult I know) and approached the checkin desk. They never batted an eye at the weight excess! Phew I then noved to the cashier desk, thinking that somewhere on the paperwork issued to me was a charge for the excess as well as the tx...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 22, 2010 - more glaciers

Today my schedule was to look at some more glaciers and have lunch at the Onelli Bay. Unfortunately we got as far as the entrance to the Upsala Glacier but could go no further as the pass was blocked with huge icebergs. So no lunch in Onelli Bay - and no getting off the boat. The boat was a huge catamaran and had a bar and snack area and lots of viewing areas, but I am now done with keep looking at icebergs and water. I did amuse myself however by buying the package where photographers take pictures of you during the course of the journey...

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June's Sabbatical

Jan 21, 2010 - Crampons on!

After a hasty breakfast I was picked up from my hotel at 8.30 this morning. We were transferred by coach to the Parque National Los Glaciaires where a number of glaciers are located. We were transferred by boat to the Perito Moreno Glacier which is a moving glacier that is not reducing in size! It is not as big as the San Raphael glacier but the ice calving off is quite something. Today I went trekking with crampons on the ice! It was quite scary at first, climbing up and over the crevices in the glacier but was well worth the effort. And...

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June's Sabbatical

Dec 30, 2009 - Perito Moreno, El Calafate

Rob and I agree that yesterday was our favorite day of the whole trip so far. We didn´t really know what to expect when we signed up for our trekking on the Perito Moreno glacier. We saw a few glaciers in Puerto Natales and they were pretty amazing, but we had no idea what we were about to experience. We loaded into our bus, which was packed with people...all pretty young. There was one lady who was older (probably late 50s or early 60s), but that was the first sign that we were in for a very active day. We drove for over an hour when the...

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