I took advantage of the help with the kids to have a guilt free trip to see the Perito Moreno glacier near Calafate. I did ask Lorena along as well but she said it would be too cold for her, her loss 🙂
I’ll keep it short, but if you want to spend your hard earned cash on something you’ll never forget, then this is the place to go. I flew down from BA, a journey of around three hours (who knew Argentina is so bleeding big?) Then got hotel transport into town. I was there two nights and three days, so I spent a whole day going out to the glacier, a day horse riding and a day mooching around.
It is worth noting that it was cold but not freezing and the days in July are VERY short (think the UK in January). So by the time you’ve done a couple of things it’s night time again and the joint ain’t exactly jumping….
The glacier trip is an organised affair which I not a big fan of, but it’s the only way to do it really. You drive out to the middle of nowhere (mind you, you’re already there really), then get on a boat to get nearer the glacier. The atmosphere is pretty convivial and I got to know my fellow passengers, I think being in the presence of something as WOW as this makes you need to share it with someone.
We saw a few desprendamientos when massive chunks of ice fall off the glacier face, but of course they’re already over by the time you get your lens cap off. Then you get some grub in the visitor’s centre (is there anywhere that doesn’t have a visitor centre?) Then back home to contemplate what you’ve seen.
The other highlight was the horse riding with a Gaucho of Hungarian stock who was as mad as a march hare and never shut up the whole time. He ended up inviting me back to his place for some Escabeche de Conejo which was to die for. By the way I got the horse riding through the hotel who could organise pretty much any tour I wanted. And I booked the hotel and glacier tour through Say Hueqe Tours who were great.
The sheer size of the Patagonia is hard to describe and I would happily spend a month wandering around in this region alone (especially in the Summer). If you want space then come here, for a Brummie boy like me this much emptiness was mind blowing.