Sunday 13 February 2011

Patagonia - Argentina (3)

The last part of the Patagonia trip: El Calafate!!
The first time we saw the Perito Moreno glacier... no words...
how beautiful & impressive nature can be!
 We stayed at Hostéria Los Notros (Los Notros), just opposite the Perito Moreno, what a pleasure to wake up every morning!! Los Notros is situated about 80 km from El Calafate in the Perito Moreno National Park. It's such a peaceful place, totally relaxing.
 View from our hotel room... every morning I quickly checked if the Perito Moreno was still there ;-)

 Hiking on the Périto Moreno, quite an experience!

 Apparently it's not enough to only see the glaciar, Thom also wants to feel it!
After the hike some whisky on the rocks was served... 'rocks' freshly cut of the Perito Moreno...
 On Lago Andino, on our way to the Upsala glaciar. We expected a quiet boat ride... we were completely WRONG! It was WIIIIIIILD!! Glad I took some medication against motion sickness... I would not have 'survived' without!! But again, I've said it more often, the beauty of nature we saw was all worth it... and even more!
I really hope you can see the gorgeous blue colour... no tricks, no photoshopping, just nature... breathtaking!
The Upsala glacier
The Upsala Glacier forms a tongue of ice which is 50 km long, 10 km wide and many hundred meters thick. In its central part there is a dark area, a consequence of the accumulation of rocks, sand and clay brought by smaller glaciers (tributary to the Upsala) which got trapped within this glacier after two ice tongues converged.
The Perito Moreno glacier: 5 km wide, 35 km long and 70 meters above the lake... there are hundreds of meters below the water, can you imagine??

Time to leave Patagonia... luckily we still had some days left in Buenos Aires, absolutely one of my favorite cities in the world!!
The virtual tour of Patagonia is finished... I hope you liked it. The digital album is finished too :)
Time to move on to the next one (still quite some work to do!!).



Mariette said...

Dearest Chantal,

What a most interesting trip this was. Nature is of such beauty that it's hard to describe it adequately!
Those are treasured memories for a life time.
That whisky on the rocks has a double meaning there! Guess you do warm up from it.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!



Pauline said...

Die gletsjer; indrukwekkend!
Wat een prachtige natuur daar.
Liefs, Pauline

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics! At least you had sun, but even in the rain the perito moreno is stunning!

Bisous, Eline

It's me said...

Ik ben sprakeloos...zo mooi !!! prachtig land......geniet van een heerlijke zondag liefs van mij...............❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤......❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤.......❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤.....

Unknown said...

chantal dat MOET inderdaad een belevenis zijn geweest die reis!! wat een machtig mooie plaatjes heb je ervan gemaakt! En dat uitzicht.....eenmalig!!!!
Waar gaan "we"nu naartoe??;)


Madelief said...

Hoi Chantal,

Wat een indrukwekkende foto's! Zo bijzonder om onderaan de gletscher te staan en te genieten van de rust, de overweldigende natuur en de prachtige kleuren van de bergen het water en het ijs om je heen! Van een vakantie als deze kan je bijna niet anders dan compleet uitgerust terug komen!

Een fijne nieuwe week!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Bela said...

Chantal, dear, I could be hours just here...sitting...looking at all wonderful images you posted on the last days!
Much love to U!
Have a wonderful week!

Unknown said...

Mooie beelden die bij mij fantastische herinneringen naar boven brengen. Ook wij hebben immers uren gewandeld in de buurt van die imposante Perito Moreno gletsjer (over de loopbruggen). hoe prachtig en indrukwekkend is het daar!!!!! een echt natuurwonder! Liefs, Hilde

Hillary said...

I travel vicariously through you. Looks like an amazing trip!


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