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Dec 15, 2009 - El Calafate

Day before yesterday 13.12.2009 we spent 6.5 hrs on the bus from P. Natales to El Calafate. Most of the time on the dirt road- Ruta 40, that goes across the whole Patagonia and it is often the only way to get around-Chileans use it as well to access their most southern areas. It just ROLLS on and on through the Antiplano. Yesterday 14.12.2009 we had a rest day,did the washing- two loads at 18 pesos each, and enjoyed the many cafes and restaurants.El Calafate is actually quite pleasant, touristy town. Today 15.12.2009 we took the...

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Nov 28, 2009 - El Calafate - visiting the Glaciers...

We have today visited the Perito Moreno Glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glacieres. It is situated some 80 km from El Calafate. It is remarkable in many ways. Unlike many other glaciers it is actually increasing in size and not receding. It is also very easy to visit because it has a peninsula located directly opposite so the national park has built many walkways and viewpoints enabling all visitors to get a good view of the glacier. Additionally, the glacier is also very active calving small icebergs all the time. There is also a glacier...

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Nov 22, 2009 - Patagonia - Argentina and Chile

As we sit and try to put into words the last 3 weeks in Patagonia we are struck with our inability to express ourselves. Perhaps it is because we have been away from South Africa and travelling for 325 days and our brains are now no more productive than a dairy farm in the Sahara desert; or perhaps it is because Patagonia is all that you imagine it to be. Glaciers, soaring peaks, furious wind, snow and that “end-of-the-world feeling” that is difficult, if not impossible to describe. We began our journey south through this region of...

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Nov 11, 2009 - Return to Argentina - El Calafate

After our trek in the Torres del Paine National Park we had one last night in Chile before crossing over to the Argentinian side of Southern Patagonia and heading to the town of El Calafate. El Calafate is a nice town, although quite touristy because from there you can visit the Los Glaciares National Park and the Perito Moreno glacier - the only glacier in the world that is stable and not receding. We stayed a few days and we made a trip to the national park and visited the glacier where we went for a mini trek on it with the help of...

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Oct 31, 2009 - Speed bonnie boat

A bit of a baptism of fire today, in preparation for my upcoming Antarctic trip... It was a rather grim early start at 6.30am in order to get a bus to the harbour where we boarded a catamaran. I had checked the weather the previous night and the first line of the forecast was "windy" but assumed this was par for the ocurse in Patagonia. However, "windy" must actually be quite serious when used in this sense because as we arrived at the lake (biggest in Argentina) it was pretty obvious that this was not going to be a nice serene sail that...

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Oct 30, 2009 - Ice and more ice

Today´s trip was to the Perito Morreno glacier and the national park. We had quite heavy snow and no view for most of the bus trip but as we arrived at the harbour, it lightened up so we were able to get great views of the ice from the boat although you really did have to show no mercy when it came to trying to take photos with some of the other passengers. I know I´m British and therefore quite happy to queue but I really was losing my patience with some of the prats that kept jumping in front of you7pushing you out the way. Annoying. But...

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Oct 17, 2009 - El Calafate

El Calafate is a pretty little mountain town that sits on the shores of Lago Argentina. The centre of town has a very touristy feel, but not in the negative way that this is often meant. It is a nice place to just meander around. I lost count of the number of quaint little shops I walked past that were selling home made chocolates. I came here due to it´s proximity to the Perrito Moreno glacier. I am told this is one of the largest glaciers in the world and that it is also one of the worlds only advancing glaciers. While the rest of the...

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Sep 7, 2009 - Patagonia - El Calafate

Am Montag Nachmittag haben sich Ines und mein Weg getrennt, sie ist nach Mendoza in den Westen argentinies und ich nach Patagonien im Sueden gefahren. Alleine bin ich nicht lange geblieben da ich mich schon am Flughafen mit einem Australier angefreundet habe, Brandon, mit dem ich dann auch die ganze Woche verbracht habe. Am ersten Tag sind wir hier ein bisschen die Gegend erkunden gegangen. Unbeschreiblich schoen und zu sehen auf meinen Bildern. Am zweiten Tag sind wir dann in einer Gruppe von etwa 30 Leuten zu der Gletscherexkursion...

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Mar 27, 2009 - Argentina: Buenos Aires and Patagonia

Ah, Buenos Aires, city of Tango, BBQ, and my familia. I hadn’t planned on being back so soon, but I decided to follow my bliss and someone I cared about needed me. And so off I went. I arrived in Argentina on a Monday and for the first few days, I enjoyed some QT with Gisela and reconnecting with my family, although I had seen them only a couple months before. It was the first time I had been there more than once in a year, and the familia was certainly happy to see me. Aside from a few dinners, though, I was there to focus on helping...

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Mar 24, 2009 - Argentinian Patagonia

Hola Chicos New photos have been updated to the last entry, so if you are at all interested, please do take a look! We have had a spectacular week in Patagonia - but it has been thermals and windbreakers all the way. Cold and WINDY - every night has sounded like a hurricane! From Calafate we went to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. We drove into the park, and then onto a boat across lake Argentina - which is very large, towards the shores beside the Glacier, where we donned our crampons and trekked across the ice for an hour or two, complete...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Patagonia - the intrepid trekkers return

After 8 days deep in the Patagonian wilderness we´ve returned to civilization (and some sort of local festival). We now have some serious km´s of trekking under our belt - some in fairly extreme conditions. As part of the World Expeditions group, we completed the ´W´trek in Torres del Paine. After a day in a bus crossing the border back into Chile, a half day ferry ride navigating the fjords, a brief stop for a look at another glacier, 2 zodiac rides, another bus and finally a catamaran, we arrived at our first refugio at the start of the...

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Feb 9, 2009 - Glaciar Perito Moreno

After our camping expedition to Mont Fitzroy, we were suppose to have a rest day; however, as the weather was good, we decided to do a trip to the Perito Moreno Glaciar. A few facts to start - the glaciar is situated in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Los Glaciares National Park, and is nearly 19 miles (30km) in length and spreads over an area of 97 square miles (250 sq km). It is one of the several "stable" glaciars left in the world meaning that it is not receding. It is part of the Southern Patagonia ice field which is the third...

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