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Nov 16, 2006 - El Calafate - Land of lakes and Ice

We arrive in El Calafate after midnight. The darkness and isolation of the terminal uninviting and forbidding. We walk the deserted gravel streets to the north of the terminal, skirting flea bitten curs and staring strangers in search of our hostel. Finding it we ring and ring on the hostel bell and start to worry that no one will come. Lights go on slowly from the rear of the building as if their progress towards the front door reflects the night man's rise from slumber. Eventually the front door unlocks and we are ushered into the hostel...

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Andy's Wanderings

Dec 18, 2005 - El Calafate

Having been to glaciers in New Zealand we thought we had them covered, but we were in for a nice surprise. From El Calafate we took a bus to the mighty Moreno Glacier - 50m high, 4km wide and 14km long! Not only that but it also ends right at a huge turquoise lake with a sheer vertical drop. As we stood in awe at the glacier, we often heard thunderous roars which sounded like bombs exploding, the sound was so loud! When we turned to look, we saw huge chunks the size of houses crumbling into the lake. It was an awesome sight and sound which...

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Oct 28, 2005 - El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glaciar

Perito Moreno Glaciars Awaking shattered as usual we packed our final things before quickly stuffing down our breakfast whilst waiting for the bus. On time this morning, we jumped on board excited about the prospect of seeing the Perito Moreno Glaciar. Before we started our adventure some 4.5 months ago this glaciar was high on the priority list of things to see - one of the main reasons for visiting Patagonia! With such high expectations the Glaciar had a lot to live up to and it didn't disappoint. We arrived at the park entrance where,...

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May 24, 2005 - El Calafate / Moreno Glacier

It was a 5 hour bus ride to El Calafate, which took us across the Argentinian border about an hour in to the journey. The border crossing had to be the most simplest yet - jump off the bus and go into a wooden shed to get your passport stamped and don`t worry about that whole customs lark!! Pretty much as soon as we`d gone across the border the scenery changed and to become flat snow-covered plains, with mountains in the background. It was spectacular stuff and took your mind off the fact that the bus was being driven at full speed on a...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Mar 15, 2005 - El Calafate and El Chalten

This firstly is the glacier Perito Moreno which we went to see, from lots of different angles. we went on a boat up quite close to it and watched massive bits of ice fall off into the lake which were really noisy! Second are the photos from our day doing the ice trek, we walked on the glacier and swung from ropes and did some ice climbing the only bad thing was the 11 hours that it took to get there and back, although we obviously ran the last bit!!!! We spent a week down here in Patagonia, which is beautiful, we would have liked to go...

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Jan 30, 2005 - El Calafate, Argentina and Los Glaciares National Park

I don´t have many good things to say about El Calafate or Los Glaciares, so I´ll keep this brief. The claim to fame here is the Moreno Glacier. It´s 30 kilometer long and has a 60 meter face. The glacier advances 2 meters a day. (Sorry, I´ve given in to the metric system.) All this movement causes chunks of the glacier face to fall off and crash into the lake below. This is all very impressive and you can see it with very little effort since there is a parking lot within in short walking distance of all the action. But after seeing Glacier...

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Dec 28, 2004 - A Big Glacier

As if we hadn´t seen enough ice in Antarctica - on this day we made a special day trip to one of argentina´s biggest glaciers. It was big and icy. You will have to wait until i get home to view my special action sequence of shots of a bit of the glacier falling off into the water. They´re really exciting. Honest.

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