Howard Johnson Hotel Cerro Calafate
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... s streets like giant predators ( or so it seems). There are three main glaciers that people can visit, with Perito Merino being the biggest, most spectacular pick and with the best infrastructure.
Other than the glacial experience, Calafate doesn't offer much else. We did, however, enjoy a wetlands bird sanctuary at Nimez Lagoon on the edge of Lake Argentina. Here we walked an interesting self guided pathway through the wetlands as cold winds ...
... but I had managed to keep moving if only thanks to a decent tailwind.
I stocked up on water at a police post and decided to have a go at the remaining 90k to El Calafate. That would mean a hundred miles for the day, but a day saved. I finally enjoyed a flattish road and a tailwind for 40k, which helped cover the distance. I crested a rise to see a huge valley in front of me, dropping away to the lake on which Calafate is sat. Sadly, I had also turned into ...
... avalanches in the lake and predicted another one within 12 minutes… and he was right. Fortunately Merlin was watching the glacier when the avalanche started so we all had a great view, even before hearing it.
By now, conditions were perfect and we had a group shot. Merlin suggested the experience couldn't be improved, but of course we found something – a condor please… unbelievably ...
... called into an estancia on the way. Our rationale was to avoid all the other tourists on the walkways ( 4kms) who arrive early. This turned our to be a good move because our guide dropped us at the opposite end from where most start so that we walked towards the glacier. We were lucky to hear and see a carving of ice fall off, hit the lake, and rebound through the surface of the lake. The boat trip to the southern face completed ...
... large glacier closer to Chile as well.
Meal wise, we have heard so much both before coming and while here about how the Argentinians love their meat and how good the meat is. Well they do seem to love it, as there are plenty of large helpings on display, but for routine meals the meat is no better (and often worse) than we eat at home. But of course compared to elsewhere in South America it would be good.