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driving, El Chaltin and El Calafate

26 hours in a bus, sorry, a truck, its all semantics to me...

storm 10 °C
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We spent the following two days on the road in the heat of the vast Patagonian Step... with no air conditioning, a full bus, few toilet stops (yes...no toilet) lunches on the side of the famous Route 40 (which had been planned to be fully paved by 2007, lets just say that 2020 is probably a bit more realistic..... after the end of day one, completely knackered and covered in dust, we arrived at the somewhat desolate town of Perito Moreno, and stayed at a very simple and somewhat dated hotel, whose name I dont recall.... thank god....

We finally began to the feel the weather change, which was like heaven to me, as I thought the sun and heat was going to chase us all the way around the world, we saw the Chilean Flamingo (fat and pink), many Guanachos (cousin to the Llama), Condors swooping each other, hares, ducks and a whole lot of dirt and shrubbery, somewhat reminiscent of the spinafex region between the Pilbara and the Kimberley.... we are both very glad to be flying out of Patagonia.

We finally made it to El Chaltin, a cute little town build around tourism in the Fitzroy national park.... Los Parque Nacionale Glaciers.

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Yesterday we did an Ice trek on Viedma Glacier, apparently the second largest on the South American continent, according to our new amigo, Mark from London... It was amazing.... we walked on the ice for about 2 hours which was truly surreal... the shades of grey, blue and white were so vibrant and the sound of the melting ice was everywhere..... we stopped at the highest point and the guides chiped away at some clean ice.... making us all a baileys on ice from 400 year old ice.... a real treat, although after being offering a top up, and of course graciously accepting the offer,I had to be a little more careful on the way down...

Tomorrow we do a tour of Perito Merino glacier.... which is said to be a visual wonderland!!

Thats all for now kids... hasta luego! See below fr more pics

Glenn Pilkington and Philip McDaid, Glacier Explorers.

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Posted by GIseger 12:21 Archived in Argentina Tagged ecotourism

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Oh my fecking gooooooooooooooood!!

Looks amazing!!!

Miss you Shaniqua - sorry that I didnt get to catchup - but home now and when back will be better than ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heehee.........

Taryne xxxx
Koda and Fenix xxx :)

by Snakewhips

wow didn't realise you were doing so many glaciers... its an awesome backdrop :)

by kiitsch

baileys with 400 year old ice, now thats on the to do list :P sounds like an amazing trek, must be surreal travelling on ice tho :)

by kiitsch

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