We spent 4 days in El Calafate Argentina. This is where Perito Moreno is located. This is well worth the visit - Argentinian Patagonia. There is the Rio del Hielos that is a boat ride on Lago Argentino, Argentina’s largest lake. It is not the round lake you are thinking of. This has several arms that head out to some amazing glaciers. We saw the largest glacier in Argentina at about 4 kilometers. It was disappointing but Ice blocked us getting closer. The next glacier we got really close. It was fun to see the blue and white up close. The blue in the glaciers is cause by compression of the ice.
It did not compare to Perito Moreno. This is the sight to see. We took the boat again and saw the glacier calving from the boat. It was amazing to see this huge column of ice, 150 feet tall, fall away from the glacier into the water with a huge splash… and then come floating up and rise out of the water before settling back - crazy cool to see that. We were then taken to the “trails” on the peninsula across from the glacier. We were able to walk and see the north side again from land and across the middle to the south side. It has to be a mile across the front of the glacier. There were minor calvings with boulders and large rocks size ice falling here and there. It sounded huge but in fact were just small rock (ice) slides. then on the north side whoa! A huge calving again. I saw the splash and then it rising up out of the water before settling again. ten minutes later it happened again. There were some smaller sliders for the next few minutes. This was a cool day.
We were heading to El Chalten on our final day. We got to the bus station and the price was now 610 pesos per person each way instead of 420 pesos. Really? $80 each for a day trip…
We decided not to go. It could have been a good day and it could have been totally cloudy and we see nothing. We should have done a three day trip but Sally was really sick and she needed rest. Another time or see all the amazing stuff in the States. It is really is easy to return. We know the lay of the land so to speak. We did see the Perito Moreno which is the big draw. It was amazing. It rivaled Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine.
A day of rest turned out to be good for us. We booked a bus trip for the next day back to Punta Arenas. Next is a flight to Puerto Williams and a ferry trip back to Punta Areana along the path the Beagle took with Darwin in 1835.
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