Blogs from Los Glaciares National Park , Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America - page 7


Liebe Leser! Waehrend Ihr alle im Fasnachtsfieber steckt (oder auch nicht...), bestaunen wir hier die Wunder der Natur am suedlichen Ende unserer schoenen Erde. Das toent jetzt vielleicht etwas pathetisch, aber wir sind wirklich ueberwaeltigt von den wunderschoenen Gletschern und Bergen, die es hier gibt. Aber der Reihe nach, der Anfang war naemlich alles andere als ueberwaeltigend: Die Busfahrt von Puerto Madryn der Atlantikkueste entlang nach Rio Gallegos war lang und eigentlich recht langweilig, muehsam und unbequem. Die Strasse liegt leider nicht direkt an Kueste, man sieht nicht viel vom Meer, sondern nur trockene Steppe. Und mit dem Bus hatten wir ein bisschen Pech - wir haetten wohl doch die teurere Version nehmen sollen. Von Rio Gallegos aus ging es dann direkt weiter nach El Calafate am Lago Argentino, dem groessten See Argentiniens. Nach 24 h ... read more
vom Boot aus
nochmals vom Boot aus
ganz nah

After 46 hours of busing in 3.5 days, we finally arrived. The southernmost point of our adventure: El Calafate and El Chalten, both situated in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. These glaciers are another example of Argentina´s national wonders that we had no idea even existed until we got down here. That's one of the coolest things about traveling, you get to see and experience amazing things that you had no idea even existed. Sure, everyone knows about Maccu Pichu, The Great Wall, Mount Everest, etc. but for every one of those places, there are 10 more just waiting to be discovered. Things were about to get hardcore. As Californians, these glaciers and the icebergs that come crashing off of them were a rare and special sight (though honestly, seeing these has got to be a pretty ... read more
Blue Tunnel
Upsalla Glacier
There it is!

December 20, 2007 We arrived in Buenos Aires from our first flight around 9am local time. The flight was easy and Dave and I both slept about 8 hours of the 10 hour flight - can’t ask for better than that! We made it through customs and got our baggage with no issue. That was a relief since we’d heard all sorts of stories about the BA EZE airport. We found our driver awaiting us, and hopped in the car to drive across the city to the other airport - Aeroparque as they all call it. We arrived in time to find chaos at this airport just in the sense that there were many, many lines to check in, no kiosks, etc. You just had to pick a line and stick with it, hoping that no ... read more
glaciers 2
A & D
Dave's feet

... strange title you may say, but it is true and I thought you might like to know. This is going to be quite a short blog as time is limited, but such is the life of a globetrotter... Anyway, we left behind lovely Bariloche on a cool, crisp, sunny morning and boarded the bus from hell. Well, maybe it wasn´t that bad, but now being used to cama buses (where your seat reclines very far and you can sleep like a baby) it was difficult to get comfortable on a standard comun bus (similar to National Express in the UK or Greyhound in the US). The next two days were spent travelling south covering hundreds of miles along Argentina´s Ruta 40. The going was tough but it was a great way to see Patagonia and ... read more
Cueva de las Manos
Laguna Torre
Patagonian sunshine

We´ve never seen as much ice before as what we´ve seen over the last 10 days or so, or realised how beautiful it is. The glaciers are part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest continental ice after Antarctica and Greenland. There are literally glaciers everywhere. Sadly many of them are slowly melting but, the Perito Moreno glacier visited from El Calafate is one of only two in South America that is considered ¨stable¨(the other one is Bruggen glacier in Chile). It grows a staggering 2 metres everyday in the middle of the glacier which results in a 40cm growth in length - on our trip to see it you can actually hear it cracking and groaning, loud thundering sounds from the constant movement. We saw a couple of chunks of ice fall off ... read more
Sparkling in the sun
The North face
A wee dram

Tot: 2.581s; Tpl: 0.035s; cc: 7; qc: 54; dbt: 0.0369s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 2; ; mem: 1.4mb