Published: January 16th 2011January 6th 2011
We were meeting Dave on the 7th of January and to get there on time we had to take a 28 hour bus ride. We were a little nervous about this but it turned out to be not to bad at all. The first six hours on the bus we watched three movies back to back. The time sure did fly. Then by that time it was almost time to sleep, then another movie, and we arrived in El Calafate!
The main event in El Calafate is the famous glacier moreno. To view this glacier we took an all day boat trip out to the biggest lake in Argentina. Our first stop on this trip was the many icebergs in the lake, and it was a sight to see. The icebergs made the water color of the lake a beautiful green while the glaciers ranged in color from white to electric blue. We continued on then came to the first glacier of the day and everyone on the boat was in shock. It was a huge glacier on a mountain that came all the way down straight into the lake and must have been 5km long and 1km high. We sat
and watched for some time and viewed large pieces of ice fall into the lake. This would make a very large intense sound. We left the first glacier then headed to the biggest glacier moreno. When we arrived everyone on the boat was silent as we all were astonished at the size of this thing. Again we watched large pieces of ice fall and create massive explosive sounds. It was a day we will never forget.
Our next stop was El Chalten, the hiking capitol of Argentina. Our plan was to stay there for five days, and we ended up hiking everyone of those days. The highlight of El Chalten is the massive Fitz Roy looming in the back. The first day we arrived we took a short 2.5 hour hike to the mirador to view Fitz Roy. We were very lucky because it was a clear day, no clouds in the sky, 80 degrees outside, and a perfect time to take pictures. We got some amazing pictures! The next day we were not so lucky and was a very windy day, and when I say windy I mean can hardly stand on the ground without the wind knocking you
over windy. We hiked four hours then came to a lake with a view of a large glacier behind. When we arrived at the lake the wind was so strong it pushed me over and ripped Daves glasses straight from his face. Eric was fearless and jumped in the wind and claimed to "fly." The other long and grueling hike we did that week was the hike to view Fitz Roy from Laguna de los Tres. We once again were very lucky and had another beautiful day. We left early and arrived there four hours and 16km later. The view from the top of the mountain was stunning, with two different color lakes at the base then the massive Fitz Roy staring us straight in the face. During our time at the top it started to snow a little and it made the experience all the more memorable.
The week with Dave was coming to an end, and it was an amazing week. Eric and I both were very glad that we were able to share these amazing experiences with him.
There are more photos below