Tuesday 4 December 2012

In the mountins at last

Well that was a long trip! We left the hostel in Puerto Madyr at 12:30 yesterday and two coaches later arrived at the hostel in El Calafate 17:00 this afternoon. Not quite up to my brother Mark’s record of 41 hours in Australia, but not something I want to repeat in a while. The good news is that hopefully the truck will be with us for the weekend. It has now been offloaded in Montevideo, Uruguay, so now just has to clear customs and then drive the 3,000 or so km down to where we are! The delay has supposedly been caused by Hurrican Sandy, but it is mostly down to good old fashioned South American incompetence.

El Calafate has quite an Alpine feel to it. It sits on the South shore of Lago Argentino and has snowy peaks in the background. Tomorrow I am going to visit the famous Parque National Los Glaciares, 50 km away. The main attraction within the park is the Glaciar Perito Moreno, one of the few glaciers in the world that is actually getting bigger. The glacier can be seen up close from a series of walkways, so hopefully I should be able to get some stunning photos. At present it is not too cold, but is very windy and therefore I will be digging out all of my winter gear from the bottom of the rucksack. Thermals here we come!


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