At first I thought you’re kidding me a whole day looking at ice? I mean I wanted to see the Glacier, that is why people come here after all but a whole day?
It was amazing and pictures just do not do it justice.
Here is El Calafate by the way. We took the bus yesterday from Ushuaia, there are certainly longer trips by bus however most sane people take a Cama or at least a Semi Cama seat. We had a plain old bus.
We got up at 0400 hours, as one does, and walked to the bus station, the only good thing I will say about that was that a beautiful sunrise greeted us.
Anyhow four boarder crossings including one section were the bus was shipped across the water by a barge and about 18 hours later we arrived at our next port of call.
Rob and Zey were staying at a different hostel since our was booked up for the night however through the wonders of phones and email we arranged to hire a car for the day.
We all met up down the main street and head off for the Los Glaciers National Park. It was created in 1937 encompassing approximately 600,000 hectares and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.
It was about an hours drive from El Calafate to the park and the glacier we were going to see, the Glacier Perito Moreno. Now to start I wondered what the heck we were going to do out there all day but you honestly can spend the better part of a day out there. I almost wish we’d gotten organized earlier to get there just that little bit earlier.
My first thought on seeing the glacier wasn’t terribly intelligent or thought out it was simply ‘oh wow, that’s really cool.’. The glacier is seriously impressive.
As we’d purchased our tickets earlier we wandered down to the little pier where we were meant to catch the boat. It was immediately obvious that there was going to be a slight problem with catching the boat.
There was a whole heap of ice blocking the pier and the boat was stuck out in the lake unable to come in to dock. We waited for a bit and other tourists came down looking around for the boat commenting in overloud voices that it was late. I kind of pointed out the blatantly obvious to them, pier, ice, boat…
It took them awhile to catch on and further explanation, I mean honestly it should not have taken that much brain power to see what the problem was. We wandered back to the ticket office confirming that the trip was cancelled and got a refund for the ticket.
After a little consultation we jumped back in the car and headed back down the road to the other pier that we’d passed on the way in. We arrived just in time and claimed some tickets.
It was incredible to get so close to the glacier, not even the incredibly rude tourist group could spoil it. It was stunning and well worth the AR50 to get on the boat.
After the ride we headed back to the viewing platforms to explore just a little bit more. If we had time I probably would have signed up for the mini trekking on the glacier. Oh well.
We headed back to town and booked our bus tickets for tomorrow. We are heading a little further up to El Chalten
Dinner that night was unremarkable however he company was good. The one point of interest that caused some laughter was the sign on the toilet door.