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From the Rain Forest to... Glaciers

El Calafate


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When I came to El Calafate, I originally had not planned on staying. However, I heard so many cool stories from going to see the Perito Moreno glacier that I had to see it for myself. The Perito Moreno glacier is over 32 km in length (the size of the city of Buenos Aires!). It is also one of the few glaciers in the world that is still growing.

Go South Young Man

Go South Young Man

When we arrived at the glacier, it started to rain and didn´t let up for the whole day. Thankfully, it was a light rain and I had remembered to bring a jacket. We first walked along the lake shore that faced the Southern portion of the glacier. After we finsihed this hike, we took a bus to the North face and it was absolutely stunning.

The Southern Face

The Southern Face

The North Face

The North Face

Pieces where the glacier has calved can be seen in the foreground

Pieces where the glacier has calved can be seen in the foreground

In Awe

In Awe

Since this glacier is one of the few that is still growing, I did not expect it to be calving. We saw about 4 big chunks of ice fall off during our hike of the North face. The sound is even more incredible than the site in that it bellows like a distant thunder. I tried to take some video of it, but I wasn´t able to get any footage. The first piece that we heard fall actually came down right after we turned around from taking pictures to walk up the trail, it is a site to behold.

On another note, it´s crazy how long that it stays light here. My first night here (December 20th) was also the summer solstice, or longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. I took some pictures of the town (below) at 11 PM, and it still was not dark yet. The town was celebrating the change of seasons with fireworks and live music.

Eternal Sunshine of the Southern Kind

Eternal Sunshine of the Southern Kind

Tomorrow, I´m headed to the main part of my trip - Torres Del Paine. Pray for me that I have good weather! Me Voy!

Posted by mbeymer 19:56

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