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South America Part 6

Big chunks of ice and a lil' bit more trekking - El Calafate and El Chalten

sunny 14 °C

Travelled to El Calafate to see the famous Moreno glacier and we were not disappointed. Such an amazing sight that awaits visitors here. Some of you may recall it being in the news recently as they had a large rupture of ice on March 4th. We started with a boat trip for an hour to see the south side of the glacier but the really brilliant views are from the balconies which we spent hours walking around taking tons of photographs and watching pieces break off and crash into the water below with a thunderous roar! Made the 20hour bus journey worthwhile!

Then it was off to El Chalten about 2.5 hours away for some more trekking. Hostel hopped here until we found somewhere nice but also got a chance to camp in the mountains on our 2 day trek to see the Fitzroy and Torre mountain ranges. We got up an hour before sunrise in the freezing cold to trek the Laguna de los Tres route and witness the sun reflect off the Fitzroy range giving it a rusty orange glow at 7.30 in the morning. Fantastic! I'm not sure if even the photos capture how beautiful this was. The views along the route were nothing short of amazing and we were blessed with the weather for it! The camping was a lot of fun too! The pasta dish we’d brought for dinner was the only downside of the trip! Ladies I'm picking the pasta sauce next time ;)

Posted by elisasdiary 05:35 Archived in Argentina

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