Posts tagged El calafate
A quick day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier

I woke up early to book a tour to the Perito Merino Glacier, which is pretty much El Calafate's sole attraction. Located only about 50 miles from the small town, the Perito Moreno Glacier, part of Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park, is one of the few glaciers in Patagonia that, despite global warming, is actually growing.

I initally wanted to book an ice trek, where you can actually go on the glacier with crampons, but the tour was full, since they only have one per day. I was a disappointed initially, but decided that I was probably too tired to have enjoyed it. I also did a glacier trek on the Franz Josef Glacier when I studied abroad in New Zealand, so I told myself I wasn't missing anything.

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Entering Patagonia through El Calafate

As expected, I won't be able to blog about my journey every day, but I've been jotting my thoughts and experiences down in my journal to share later. Having left the urban metropolis of Buenos Aires, I now find myself with spotty Internet and phone connections, but luckily the surrounding landscape over here makes up for it! 

On the second day of my trip (Dec 7), I flew into El Calafate, which is in the Patagonia region. I didn't expect much of the airport, but the cleanliness, modernity, and spectacular view of Lago Argentina on landing was an awesome welcome into the town.

For some reason, I imagined El Calafate to be a small town, with maybe 10 blocks of buildings; yes, a silly and unfounded idea. While the downtown was maybe that size, the extended area was quite large, with locals' homes spread across a patch on the foothills of the surrounding mountains.

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Being impulsive!!!

I have very exciting news! I'm departing TODAY for a two week trip to Patagonia! Since returning from Bike & Build, I've spent most of my time applying to jobs, working part-time, and doing some craft projects here and there, so my unemployment period hasn't felt as adventurous and relaxing as I had hoped. After accepting a job that doesn't start until January, I decided I should really take advantage of the time, which to me, obviously meant traveling!

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