Perito Merino, Fitz Roy and Viedma Glacier
So, after the last night in Puerto Natales (where I literally laundered money), we took a bus ride to El Calafate. Here and El Chalten, which we spent the next 4 nights, were the towns close to the glaciers and each day we had a new experience.
Perito Merino - the most famous glacier on the Southern area of the park. This glacier produces a cyclic phenomenon of foreword and backwards movement, with spectacular ice falls from its front walls. We visited this by minibus, had a boat ride to closely view the southern side and then a few hours to walk around the bridges to the viewing platforms to see the other sides.
Fitz Roy - on the Northern extreme of the park, the granite peaks, lakes, woods and glaciers together. Mt. Fitz Roy stands at 3,405m. We trekked to the highest viewing platform. As Dianna, a fellow traveller who refers to me as 'Kaillie with an accent', describes most of this walk as 'PUDs'. Pointless Ups & Downs. This gave me a little too much time to think and I felt a little homesick. The steep incline at the end and the stunning view thereafter helped change my thoughts however! A pretty good way to end February 2015!
Viedma Glacier - a large glacier that is part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. It was raining as we left for the glacier trekking, and we had a full rainbow this morning. We took a bus and a boat then put on our crampons and set out in the glaciers. The caves and tunnels were amazing - unfortunately my photos do not do them justice which is a little disappointing...
We are now ready to leave El Calafate for Ushiaia. I am pleased to be flying this morning as I am sick of mini buses and local buses! Had been sick of flights in the first tour!!
In case you visit these towns, I can recommend the following:
El Calafate -
Don Pichon. I honestly believe this was my best steak ever!
Roble Sur - a really nice hotel
El Chalten -
La Tapera and La Cerveceria - both lovely restaurants. The second is also a microbrewery.
Ciao for now!