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El Calafate

Who knew that glaciers were cold?

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So after spending a night in the rubbish oil refining town of Rio Gallegos, we got a bus to El Calafate, to see Perito Moreno glacier. The town itself isnt actually as bad as we thought, a bit touristy- but most places around here are. So anyway, we booked ourselves on another bus which took us to the 'Parque Nacional los Glaciers'. When we got off, it was freezing. Really cold- El Calafate is a bit chilly, but nothing like this. I guess its the wind blowing all the chilled air off the ice or something, but I was very unprepared for this level of cold, I didnt even have a hood I could pull up to stop my ears from freezing. Luckily, Sadie had better foresight, and had predicted (silently) that a huge chunk of Ice 5km across would be a bit chilly, and had worn lots of layers- so she let me borrow her coat (complete with hood). Lifesaver. Anyway, Perito Moreno was amazing, we´ve never seen a glacier before and it was just so surreal- spiky towers of blue-tinted ice stretching on for miles.

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Perito Moreno is one of the last advancing glaciers left, and it moves something like 2m a day, so its constantly cracking and creaking, with huge chunks of ice falling off into the water every now and then. It was pretty impressive.

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To give an idea of how big it is, Perito Moreno is the world´s third largest resevoir of fresh water. Huge. So we spent 4ish hours walking along all the balconies that overlook the glacier, waiting for the next big chunk of ice to calve off while all the american tourists clap and cheer. Its pretty funny, but you can see why its a bit touristy, cause its awesome. So after walking around getting chilly for hours (we could have stayed longer), we got the bus back and decided to head to Puerto Natales in Chile next (to do Torres del Paine) instead of going to El Chalten first.

Posted by St Martins 10:04 Archived in Argentina

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Nice one Son! I like the haircut too, no wonder your ears got cold!

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