El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate Travel Blog

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Approaching the Glacier by boat on the way to Refugio Moreno where we started the ice treking.

El  Calafate is a small but very touristy town which is only 80km from the very famous Moreno Glacier (which was the main reason for crossing into Argentina at this point).

The glacier was very cool (no pun intended), we went on a hike on the ice (wth ´´cramp-ons´´ attached to boots to avoid slipping) and an up close look at the glacier on a boat. Pieces fall off all the time from the front of the glacier, and we saw a massive piece rise up from the waters which had broken off the face UNDERNEATH the water! it looked really cool as about an apartmetnt building size piece of ice raised out of the water. Weather was beaut, sky blue and not freezing like our chile patagonian experience to date.

El Calafate is CHEAP compared to Chile. We have a great excahange rate going with Argentina which means lots of cheap meat meals (for AC), and a hostel (da los Manos) which is a cute little house with about 20 beds. Turns out as usual to be full of Aussies, with BIG jars of vegemite (we are nearly half way through our supply and it has been two weeks). 

Argentina has cheap, cheap beer! 2.50 argentinean pesos for a litre - Fantastic! And when we left we picked up a litre of Vodka for 6.00 argentinean pesos, you little Anzac!

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Approaching the Glacier by boat on…
Approaching the Glacier by boat o…
Looking towards the Glacier from R…
Looking towards the Glacier from …
Sarah and I heading towards the ic…
Sarah and I heading towards the i…
AC in front of the Glacier. We got…
AC in front of the Glacier. We go…
AC being strapped into his crampon…
AC being strapped into his crampo…
Trekking on the ice. Single file, …
Trekking on the ice. Single file,…
One of our ice hiking guides showi…
One of our ice hiking guides show…
At the top of the trek.
At the top of the trek.
Scotch on the ice with some Englis…
Scotch on the ice with some Engli…
Bar on the ice, what a ripper!
Bar on the ice, what a ripper!
Before the big break off.
Before the big break off.
After! Big chunks of ice rising fr…
After! Big chunks of ice rising f…
Back in the boat. One of the chunk…
Back in the boat. One of the chun…
Us at the front of the glacier. It…
Us at the front of the glacier. I…
Looking down one of the lakes the …
Looking down one of the lakes the…
El Calafate
photo by: Vlindeke