Blogs from Los Glaciares National Park , Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America

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Momenteel zetten we onze avonturen verder in Zuid-Amerika. Straks reizen we naar Colombia en Noord-Peru. Maar eerste het vierde en laatste verslag over Patagonia op www.patagoniandreams.com for english version of this entry with more pics, please visit www.patagoniandreams.com... read more
Dark clouds gather...
3000 year old Alerce trees
Bivaouc on the shores of Lago Mascardi


Off to the Los Glaciares National Park today to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. Up at 6am to hunt for a taxi, or bus company to take us out there. Ended up getting a bus tour for a good price, but its still not cheap when you add in national park fee's and a boat ride. Once again a spectacular day, we can see Torres Del Paine in Chile, clearly - some 450kms away. The bus tour guide says that there are only a few days a year like this, and on bad days they get 3m waves on the lake!!! Bus ride is good, we briefly see an armadillo brefore he disapears, as well as some eagles and a condor ripping into some roadkill. We get to the park, and the glacier blows your mind. ... read more
View to Mt Fitzroy (El Chalten)
Sunrise over Lago Argentina
First glimpse of the glacier


Patagonia is breathtaking.Good luck with weather. I might have traded in some Spanish for Italian and Portuguese (portañol) trying to converse with other tourists. Lost in Los antiguos but I'm trying to make my way to Chile today.... read more
Glacier breaking off
Trash
Afternoon hike El Chaltén


Keeping in the national park theme from the Torres del Paine we headed next to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciers. The town of El Calafate sits at the southern edge of the park and it’s here that we base ourselves in a hostel for a couple of days to explore. Los Glaciers National Park is said to be home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Argentina, if not South America, well whoever said that isn’t wrong, its classic coffee-table book Patagonia, you’re surrounded by deep blue skies that go on forever, rising up from the horizon in every direction you look are magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick lush forests. From El Calafate we headed out to the southern reaches of the park to explore the Perito Moreno Glacier, it’s ... read more
2 - Look what i found
3 - Natural Ice Sculptures... llama or a puma probably
4 - View from above


Our heroes spend a long time on a bus in order to go walking. Lots, and lots of walking. Lukcily this walking brings them into contact with some of nature's greatest spectacles and not just tiredness! Hurrah for nature! El Calafate is quite a long way from Puerto Madryn. Actually, "quite a long way" is completely the wrong phrase here, "a soul destroying bus ride" or "one and a quarter days of my life that I'll never see again" would better describe how far apart these two places are. The first leg of our journey began at 8pm on a Tuesday in Madryn, it should have been 7pm but timetables are essentially decoration in Argentina I've come to realise. We stopped in Trelew for 90 minutes for no reason that I could descern, and then pushed ... read more
Lago Argentina
Glaciers
Whisky on the Rocks

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Patagonien. Seit ich Bruce Chatwin gelesen habe, wusste ich, hier will ich hin. Chatwins Ziel war die Höhle von Milodón (wo Resten von einem Riesenfaultier gefunden wurden). Wir brauchten nicht wie Chatwin 6 Monate um die Höhle zu finden, wir schafften das schon am dritten Tag. Wenn ich 6 Monate dafür unterwegs gewesen wäre, hätte mich die Höhle wohl ein Bisschen enttäuscht. Gut ja, sie ist gross und die Idee, dass hier ein 4m-Faultier gehaust hat, fasziniert - aber ja, das Mylodon ist vor 10'000 Jahren ausgestorben und die Replika beim Eingang der Höhle ist aus Plastik. Aber wir kamen nicht deswegen hierher, sondern wegen der Gletscher, der Berge, der Steppe, der Weite... Und ja, wir wurden fündig! Die Gletscher hier haben mich umgehauen! Vor allem weil sie im Lago Argentino, d.h. im Wasser enden, bekommt ... read more
Parque Nacional los Glaciares
Parque Nacional los Glaciares
Unterwegs am Morgen im Parque Nacional los Glaciares


When staying on the fringes of Los Glaciares National Park and contemplating a 4-day trek the next week, you can do one of two things: rest up, or warm up. Jo did the former; I did the latter. On my own. For a blissful and fantastically scenic, and gratifyingly energetic, eight hours. Welcome to El Chalten, gateway to the northern side of this dramatic national park in Argentine Patagonia. We had been driving across eastern Patagonia for several days, and, before that, the Pampas. We had just about had our fill of endless flatness, whether cultivated and lush, or increasingly barren and wind-blasted, so we were childishly excited to see the first hints of Andean peaks. The approach to El Chalten is very dramatic, the rocky pinnacles of the Fitz Roy Range fairytale-like in their snowy ... read more
interrupted breakfast
the Canal de los Témpanos
Lago de los Tres


Since my ankle was still very sore today, I wanted to take it easy and rest it for a day or two. I had given thought to a boat tour on the Lake to some other glaciers, so I went ahead and did it today. It was a nice sized catamaran and full of people. We first went to the Spegazzini Glacier. The day was sunny and beautiful for the most part. The clouds come and go around the mountains, causing it to be dark and overcast one minute, and sunny the next. Also, I wanted to mention the water in the lake. From El Calafate, it looks pretty blue, but it is really a milky-gray-blue color that is so hard to describe. The glaciers bring so much microscopic sediment into the lake that the sediment ... read more
Spegazzini Glacier 2
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Oh my heck! This trip just gets better each day. Today was the Big Ice hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier. This is the reason that I am down here in Patagonia. When I start to plan my trips, I pick up tour guide books and come up with very broad strokes of where I want to go and what I would like to see. From there, I purchase air tickets in and out. That gives a good base of what I can do and then I start picking the who, what, when, where and why. Actually, since I travel alone, it isn't so much about the who as it is the other 4. Big Ice was the why and El Calafate, Patagonia was the where. I can honestly say that I had never heard of ... read more
Dead Ice on the left
Perito Moreno Glacier
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Trip from El Chalten, 30 mins on bus to lake, then one hour to glacier on boat, then walking and climbing with crampons and ice axes, fantastic day, amazing tee shirt weather (unusual in this part of the world)... read more
Climbing area
Hanging on
Viedmar glacier




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