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Mar 29, 2016 - Perito Moreno Glacier

After driving for miles through featureless grasslands, we came to Calafate, a cute little tourist town that reminded me of Swiss and Austrian tourist towns we have enjoyed. Nestor and Kristina Kirchner, who served as presidents of Argentina for about twelve years, came from this province and shoveled tons of money back home in the Argentinian way. It shows. The town went from 5,000 to 27,000 in about ten years and is beautifully landscaped. The roses are still blooming with gusto. Calafate is the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier, the...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Petrified Forest

My description of Patagonia to this point has been one of glaciers, ice and penguins. A substantial area of the region, however, has a climate that is quite the opposite. This is especially true in Argentinian Patagonia. Like all mountain chains, the Andes determine the weather. While enormous amounts of snow fall on the western, i.e. Chilean, side of the mountains in Patagonia, there is very little precipitation east of the Andes. The area around El Calafate, Argentina is almost exclusively desert. There is, in fact, a very strange...

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Jan 21, 2013 - One Last Solo Hike

As my time in Patagonia and South America comes to an end I took one last day hike in the mountains, and I made sure to do this one solo. There are few things in this world that I find as peaceful and relaxing as hiking by one’s self through gorgeous mountain scenery. I love the idea of being able to take a seat on a rocky ledge or alongside a clear stream for as long as I like to contemplate the beautiful surroundings. I’m sure you may all be getting tired of seeing pictures of mountains, but I never tire in taking them. The rest of the...

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Jan 19, 2013 - An Awesome Sight

In the course of my travels Mother Nature has wowed me with some dramatic sights. She seems, though, to have saved one of the best for last--the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia. The Moreno Glacier is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which is the second largest ice field in the world outside of the Poles. Last week I was telling my hiking partners that glaciers are somewhat overrated as tourist attractions because they tend just to look like dirty snow. Boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Perito Moreno Glacier...

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Sep 4, 2006 - Parque National Los Glaciers

At the encouragement of Seba at our hostel we took a boat trip through the parque nacional los Glaciers. We knew it would be a lovely trip but we werent prepared for the extent of the beauty of the park. Firstly this area is known as the hielo sur (south ice) and is the largest icecap outside of antarctica. It did feel like what we imagine it must be like to sail through Antarctica, and it is as close as our budgets will allow. There are about 47 glaciers in this area with the largest of them being Perito Moreno (the fastest advancing),...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Jan 31, 2006 - El Calafate & the Supertrek

Hello again, finally! We've been having so much fun (and have been in a few places with slow internet connections) that we've fallen way behind on our trip journal updates. So, here's what we've been up to for the last 24 days... It all started with Sharon's dream of trekking on glaciers... This was one of the main reasons we came to Argentina... After Bariloche we flew south to El Calafate, a touristy yet charming small town on the edge of a huge lake in the middle of nowhere in Patagonia. Driving from the airport into town all you could...

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Jan 27, 2006 - EL CALAFATE - Argentina/ English at bottom

Willkommen zum 2. Teil meines Suedargentinienberichts Die Reise von Bariloche nach El Calafate an sich, war ein rechtes Abenteuer. Obwohl es Luftlinie bloss 750km sind und auch eine Strasse, die Ruta 40, existiert, muss man, um die oeffentlichen Verkehrsmittel benutzen zu koennen einen riesen Umweg machen. Wir, Ross und ich, sind am Samstagnachmittag um 15.30h in Bariloche in einem Mittelklassebus (fuer mich ok, fuer Ross etwas eng) abgefahren. Ross heisst uebrigens Gerber zum Nachnahmen weil sein Grossvater Schweizer ist. Woher der, der...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Jan 21, 2006 - Perito Moreno Glacier

Back in Argentina we travelled to El Calafate to see the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier, five kilometres wide and 60 metres high. According to the guidebooks you are almost guaranteed to see chunks carving off, but after almost an hour hanging out on the icy walkways, we were beginning to think we'd just picked the wrong day. Then, just as we were about to leave there came a sharp crack and a rumble, as a whole tower gave way and crumbled into the lake. Cool, we thought. But the show didn't stop there. The lake began to bubble as a...

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Dec 20, 2005 - Perito Moreno Gletscher

Hallo Zusammen Langsam wird mene Zeit hier knapp und plötzlich muss ich Sachen streichen, welche ich noch gerne gemacht hätte. Nicht weglassen wollte ich jedoch den Perito Moreno Gletscher in Argentinien. Also habe ich mich für einen Tagesausflug von Puerto Natales aus dorthin entschlossen. Das hiess zwar vor allem Autofahren, insgesamt etwa 12 Stunden, um dann 2 Stunden lang den Gletscher bestaunen zu können! Das tönt jetzt wahrscheinlich ein bisschen verrückt, aber es hat sich gelohnt. Wir sind morgens um 7.00 Uhr losgefahren, und im...

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Ecuador - Chile

Dec 5, 2005 - Moreno Glacier - words are hard to describe

Wow, I got butterflies in my stomach at the first sight of this glacier. Absolutely incredible. My guidebook says its 'one of earths most active icefields'. The glacier is an amazing 60m in height with sharp, blue jagged ice-peaks - and large icebergs floating below. My first real view of the glacier was from a boat. I think I took about 6 seperate photos to get a full panoramic shot of the whole glacier. Big chunks of ice fall from the glacier - its like this loud crack of thunder. Everyone grabs for their cameras like they're grabbing for...

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The long way home

Dec 1, 2005 - El Calafate

The reason for coming here is to view Perito Moreno Glacier. This glacier was one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, but now is static. We believed that we had signed up for a boat trip to see the face, which it partially was, for 25 mins, the remainder of the day we took a very slow walk along the western side of the lake in-front of the south face and viewed the glacier from all 5 viewing platforms. The glacier is 40-60m tall above water level. The submerged ice moves at a rate of 30cm a day, but due to reduced friction at the...

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Mar 31, 2005 - Moreno Glacier

More Photos later. WHat a magnificent sight- the sun was shining and the ice was calving left right and centre. Brilliant. Still, the 7 hours on a bus to get here wore me out, so I just had to sit and observe- WHat a hard life I do lead!!!! Staying in El Calafate- tourist mecca, but convenient to get to El Chalten tomorrow

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