Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico
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... isolé très ému: TOUT SIMPLEMENT WAOUW
Ce soir on prend un bus de 19 heures entre Argentine et Chili puis Argentine vers Ushuaia.
We started our trip to Patagonia in El Calafate, a village in the middle of vast wilderness. It was such an increadible feeling to fly over a completely uninhabited area. Our plane was the only one in the airport, no need to wonder which luggage claim is yours:)
About 80 km from ...
... town. The engine took 10 years to acquire! Apparently paperwork was 'difficult' and it had to come from London. When it was installed in the boat, it was too heavy and the bow had to be weighted down with rock ballast so it would sail on an even keel!! Cracking piece of marine design! Following this, we were all herded into 4x4s to go to see another section of the glacier from the land. We were told to sit 5 per side, although there were only seatbelts for 4. The ...
... them, so here are some facts (from Wikipedia): The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. The 250 km2 ice formation, and 30 km in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. The ...
... and also that on that day in Ushuaia (400 kms south), you can watch the sun descend to the horizon and then rise again!
Our hotel is interesting. Its basically a collection of log chalets, small but comfortable. Our bedroom overlooks Lago Argentino.
At the time of writing this we've done the glacier trip but now I'm off for a beer. So I'll keep you in suspense. Also more on the Argentine beer scene follows tomorrow.
... the world eventually! Suddenly though, a huge valley opened up in front of us, the Chubbut valley where the Welsh eventually settled to farm because of the water supply and hence fertile land. I had read about them coming here and became fascinated by the whole story. I'm not normally interested in the welsh I have to say.
Trelew airport was very nice; small, calm and efficient to the extent that we actually flew ...