El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier
El Calafate Travel Blog› entry 5 of 35 › view all entries
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!