Anyone for ice?! – A Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate

First of all we should probably apologise as our blogs have been pretty sporadic of late. The reason being that we have been enjoying the outdoors a little too much. Despite the cold weather…Lauren is much happier in 30 degrees…we have been out exploring the wilderness of Patagonia and all the sights it has to offer.

After taking in Ushuaia and ourIMG_7778 brief trip over to Chile to visit Torres del Paine (and to not do the W Trek) we arrived in El Calafate. It was s relatively short journey of 5 hours or so, which involved a border crossing where we were forced to consume all the fresh fruit we had on our persons…thankfully just two apples. (Chile and Argentina wont let you bring it across the border, despite each others fruit produce being readily available in the supermarkets either side of the border!?)

Any way with our vitamins topped up we had arrived in El Calafate, a small city in the Santa Cruz province, named after a small blue berry common in Patagonia. A charming little city with enough small shops and restaurants to keep you amused but like Ushuaia it is a gateway for yet more of Argentina’s natural beauty. Like most we were eager to visit the Los Glaciares National Park and its highlight the Perito Moreno Glacier and wow did we pick a good time to visit. It may have been cold but the sun was shinning…

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Buses to the Glacier are easily picked up from town, and your entrance fee is paid upon entering the park. A boat trip to the glacier is also available for an additional fee and we highly recommend doing so. It really is spectacular and gives you a great view and allows you to appreciate the towering height of the ice…even if the wind can get a bit cold…

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After that you can while away the rest of the afternoon, like we did, on the boardwalks through the National Park, taking in different angles of the ice. We recommend finding a quite spot and just listening to the continual thunderous cracks of the ice moving and breaking off. It’s difficult to describe in words just how spectacular this glacier is. To give you an idea it is up there as one of our all time top sights around the world, only narrowly missing out on the top spot to the Angkor Temples. Like the Angkor Temples there was a fair amount of hype that surrounded the glacier…but did it live up…yes one hundred times…

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Back in El Calafate, although our stay was brief, we also had time to visit the local bird sanctuary, Laguna Nimez, and gawp at the flamingos…they really do look bizarre when they fly. It’s a pleasant way to spend a few hours and is only a short walk from town.

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Final tip…

Stay at Hospedaje Lautaro, our home away from home! – a lovely family run guest house, where Dario and Belen go out of their way to make you feel at home. Also only a few minutes walk from the bus station.

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