Day 30 May 17

Countries 4    Hotels 12    Cars 32

Flights 8:flying time 40.12 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 2    Elephant 1    Boat 1

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 4   Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 6    Coach 2    Catamaran 1


 

Today I have booked to go on a local excursion, this meant the morning started with several pickups from hotels in a clapped out minibus before moving into a coach to get to the port to go and see icebergs.  There really isn’t much else to do here apart from bird watching, they do have a great variety of birds here, I’ve already seen flamingos and condors.  So it was this trip or walking around town, a no brainer.

We set sail on this catamaran at 9am along the Lake Argentina, iceberg spotting. This was the first iceberg we came across.  Only approximately 14% of this is above the surface of the water, although this looks like two icebergs, it is actually just one, what a whopper.

The plan was to go to the Upsala glacier, where we would have seen more icebergs, unfortunately the weather was against us, with very low cloud that meant we wouldn’t have been able to see them. So we just went to the Spegazzini Glacier, named after an Italian botanist, it is 10.5 miles long, with an area of 51.7 square miles.

It has a high calving face, giving origin to icebergs of very different shapes and colours. The glacier is grounded on the bottom of the lake, which in this area is around 492 feet deep.

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There were some tiny bits of ice floating in the lake, which has a turquoise colour due to glacier lime.

 

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On the way back to the port I got a couple of shots showing the weird cloud here, how it just hangs around at a very low level.

As it’s my last day in El Calafate I’ve included some shots of the town.

So this is my last day in Argentina, and in the Argentine part of Patagonia.

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