Perito Moreno Glacier

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We booked the standard day trip to the glacier through our hostel (Marco Polo Inn) and it didn't disappoint - a comfy bus took us to the national park and we had 3 hours to wander the boardwalks opposite the face of the glacier and keep our fingers crossed that we'd be in the right place when it carved. An additional fee got us an hour long boat ride for a closer view of the south face.

The glacier was really pretty - the blue of the ice, the dark mountains behind and the milky waters of the lake (because of the high mineral content) all combined to make an absolutely stunning vista. The drama of the scene was further enhanced by the creaking and cracking of the ice - when a large section collapsed it sounded like thunder, others like gunshots. I'm not sure why but we found ourselves quite obsessed by the icebergs, we'd never seen real ones before and they were just so cool (literally). When we got a bit too chilly (despite being wrapped up in our thermals, such a good look, not) we headed into the cafe for a hot chocolate which was sublime! So thick, so sweet, yet also slightly bitter (Bridget says "just like me"). So good. So very good.

After our day at the glacier we returned to the hostel for a bottle or two of wine and an asado with the staff of the hostel providing the entertainment. I gave in about 1am but Bridget showed more endurance and went down to the lake to watch shooting stars. All in all a good day :-)
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