Day 30 May 17 2016
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
I’m reposting visits to some of my favourite places, today I’m taking you to El Calafate in Patagonia, Argentina, situated on the southern border of Lake Argentina. I was on a 105 day trip to visit the countries still on my ‘want to do’ list, (this is where the name of this blog comes from see ‘105 days’ from the menu for more about this). It was a very busy trip, visiting 14 countries, I wrote about every day of the trip and recorded the number of flights; modes of transport, as they were quite diverse; hotel stays; etc. I took these photos on a very cheap smart phone, so the quality is not always great, but good enough to give you some inspiration.
El Calafate, Argentina
Today I have booked to go on a local excursion, the morning started with several pickups from hotels in a clapped out minibus before moving into a coach to get to the port to board the boat to go icebergs hunting 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 a 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 anything. So we 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.
There were some tiny bits of ice floating in the lake, which has a turquoise colour due to glacier lime.
On the way back to the port I got a couple of photos showing the cloud here, how it hangs around at a very low level.
As it’s my last day in El Calafate I’ve included some photos of the town.
So this is my last day in Argentina, and in the Argentine part of Patagonia.