Blogs from Perito Merino National Park, Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America


Another early start this morning for our tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the most important of the 13 glaciers within the Los Glaciares National Park. Ahem, once again we didn't need to be up quite as early as we were. The person on the desk last night failed to alert us to the fact that the tour operator had telephoned to advise us that our pick up time this morning would be half an hour later than we were previously advised. Eventually the minibus arrived to collect us and after a few more pick-ups between our hotel and the outskirts of town we were on our way to Los Glaciares National Park. As we drove along Route 11 we were able to look back towards El Calafate and watch a beautiful pink sun rise over ... read more
Lago Argentino
View across Brazo Rico (Right Banch) of Lago Argentino to Glaciar Perito Moreno
Sailing towards the face of Glaciar Perito Moreno

At 7:30 Saturday morning, after another mind boggling breakfast, our driver Miguel and his wife, Sybill, picked us up for our crossing into Argentina and El Calafate. We were warned that the border crossing requires lots of patience and that it can get really backed up during heavy tourist season. There are two windows, and a couple of guys processing a considerble amout of peole. Even though we had tried to get an early start, we got stuck behind one of those obnoxiously large tourist buses that create a crowd just by themselves. Holy Cow! It was a slow process to say the least. At last, we got through the bureocratic nonsense and got back in the van heading down this dirt and rocks road (did I mention most of the roads were dirt roads?) towards ... read more

FACES OF PATAGONIA: When the best laid plans come unstuck if you find No Hay. "Serendipity" is Travelblog's middle name. Where wonderful things happen by accident...awesome finds when you are not looking for them...lucky to do so...quests leading to the delightfully unexpected. Horace Walpole first penned the meaning in 1754 describing how princes in Serendip (Sri Lanka) were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”. So used correctly the use of the word requires the wisdom to make the connection that something great has happened by fortuitous occurrence. So I got to a Travelbloggy kinda way. Is a change of plans brought about by an unforeseen event, maybe a disaster, that leads to missing your quest entirely, but you have a great time that serendipity? ... read more

PATAGONIA: The F*ckido Stupido...The World's Stupidest Man. I've been called many names in my life. But when my one true love is spitting & cursing at me with wrath and indignation...that only makes my smile broader...Am I lacking intelligence? Or is there one hell of a surprise hidden under my manic grin? ***** After a couple of days driving in the most spectacular locales of our trip to and out of mountain passes between Chile and Argentina...rarely visited regions of the wildest and most remote wilderness areas of Patagonia...4WD heaven...photographer's heaven...rocking to the best rock & blues on the planet...leading my love to just one more highlight...and then she loses it like never before. What's wrong? What's a fella gotta do to give a gal a good time? No one can say I'm not trying!!! ... read more

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