Published: February 11th 2010
February 3rd 2010
Perito Moreno Glacier
Crazy beautiful place with the sound of cracking and crashing ice in the background
Patagonia is a funny kind of a place, for the most part it is empty, flat and dry. You can go for 30 hours through flat arid landscapes with nothing but the odd boarder checkpoint (as I did), but when you do get to something it is always something truly amazing. It is as if mother nature is making up for the boring bits by giving you some of the most extreme eye candy you will ever see.
As you can see from the map I went from the top to the bottom of Patagonia and then back up again. For those interested I visited; Baraloche, El Calafate, El Chilten, Puerto Natales, Urshaia (the end of the world) and Puerto Madryn. I landed in South America in Santiago and spent a week learning a bit of Spanish and handing around with a good bunch of people at the hostel, but going back there quite a few times in the next 6 months, so the Santiago pictures can wait till later.
Anyway, I spent a little under a month here and this is what I got up to:
-Walking (lots of walking)
-Watching Penguins, Sealions, Seal,
Me walking on the glacier
Watch out Bear Grills, there is a new adventure in town!
Elephant Seals, Dauphins, Flamingos, Guanaco, Armadillos and searching for but never finding Puma
-Going to 'the end of the world'
-Drinking tea in Welsh tea rooms
-Being amazed by the vegetarian section in Argentinian supermarkets
-Confusing the locals with my own brand of bad Spanish
-Taking shelter from; snow, wind, rain, cold, sun, dust storms and just about everything else nature has to offer.
As promised I have kept the short and sweet. I hope you approve, but if you want to know more about my travels wait till September and buy me a drink, or if you are cheap Skype me. Here are my pictures from Patagonia, probably my finest yet, if I do say so.
Next up is Buenos Aires and over to Santiago, but I might save those stories and pics till after Easter Island, so the blog will read a bit like Pulp Fiction, but hopefully without the guns and gimp.
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