Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

November 14

We left Puerto Natales, Chile on November 13th taking the bus across the border to El Calafate, Argentina.  The main attraction in El Calafate is the Perito Moreno Glacier.  We found a hostel close to the bus station once we arrived in El Calafate and we arranged a ride with the owners to the glacier the next morning.  Yep - my Spanish is that good!  At least what I can remember from High School Spanish classes is enough to kind of get by.  

We met up with our friends, Bell and Ely, at the glacier.  Our plan for the day was to set up shop on one of the benches with our sleeping bags, wine, and good food, and literally watch the glacier collapse over the several hours we planned on staying in the park.  We had a blast!  It really is exciting watching huge chunks of glacier crash into the glacial lake below.

Our first glimpse of the Perito Moreno glacier.  It's really impressive - unlike any glacier we've ever seen.  And it's one of the few glaciers in the world that's still growing.

The glacier has a bright blue tint to it that is so beautiful.  The pictures just don't do it justice.

Bell, Ely, Gene, and I enjoying our glacier-watching day 
(our lazy, hike-free day)

While we were watching, there was a huge piece of ice that fell taking a large portion of the front of the glacier with it into the water.  Bell happened to get a play by play of photos during the collapse.  Here's what it looked like:

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