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One big chunk of ice...Patagonia, El Calafate

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The city or village itself is not much to look at. It really only exists to accomodate travellers wishing to see the famous glacier, Perito Moreno. Luckily we managed to book a really nice hostel, a bit out of town, but with a great personal touch to it. The sourounding landscape is still nice though

El Calafate, Patagonia

El Calafate, Patagonia

The managers made an Argentinean Asado, BBQ, in the evening and everyone in the hostel joined the feast. Vegetables or side dishes are not really big here, its just mainly massive chunks of meat, we are talking 5-10 kilo chunks of meat. The meat is of great quality, but they insist on cooking it very well done unfortunately, but hey still tastes damn good.

It was also good chatting with some other backpackers. Starting to get worried about improving my spanish though as everyone speaks in English.

Next day we were ready to finally see the world famous glacier Perito Moreno. Two of the guys from the hostals join us for the trip. There were actually quite a few options to see the glacier, but in the end we decided to go with the cheapest, public bus. What I thought was strange though was that the bus arrived at 10am and would leave at 16pm, what would we do for 6 hours? Would we not get bored just starring at the ice?

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia


Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

However, nothing was further from the truth. In the end we could have stayed longer if possible. This glacier is really something else. What makes it so special is not the size, though 60 meters high, but more that it is a constant moving object. This glacier actually grows 7 meters per years, but in reallity much, much more as every day 1000s of tons of ice falls of the glacier front into the lake.

We were lucky to see three hugh chunks fall off into the water. Images cannot really show how cool this is in reality. The pieces look small, but these below might be weighting a few hundred tones. When these falls off it makes a sound like thunder, followed by a big splash noise. Increible!

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Glacier Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Posted by hmontonen 08:21 Archived in Argentina

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Hey Henrik, Sonia just passed me your blog. We had the same blog (travellerspoint)for our round the world trip. I've taken a look at the photos of Perito Moreno... can't be leave we were there too in January. You guys have a great time and enjoy this wonderful experience.

Big Hugs

Nick Rolle

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