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The very southern tip of Argentina aka Patagonia is a vast awe inspiring demonstration of nature dotted with tiny towns with big character. We flew into El Calafate and felt like we were at the worlds end. There is so much to see and do in this remote part of the world. Our first adventure was to get the lay of the land so we went on a 4 x4 excursion to El Laberinto de Piedras (Labyrinth of Stone) in the surrounding hills about 25 miles from town. This natural viewpoint gives you a panoramic and geological perspective. You have an opportunity to get your first glimpse of the majestic Condor and amazing views of the Andes, Lake Argentina and the accumulation zone of the glaciars, towards la Boca del Diablo (the Devil´s Mouth). We thought this was interesting and worth the journey, but what we had in store for us over the next few days would leave lasting memories of some of the most beautiful and exciting terrain we had experienced.
The adventure continued as we headed to Los Glacier National Park and the Upsala Glacier. The Upsala Glacier is located near the northern arm of Lago Argentino within the Los Glaciers National Park. At fifty kilometers long, ten kilometers wide, and many hundred meters it is classified as one of three major glaciers in the park. We took and very chilly boat ride that offered us unforgettable views of floating icebergs, the was big enough to hold over 100 people but was dwarfed next to the Glaciers. It was easy to take professional looking photos as every picture looks like a postcard. We docked near Perito Moreno Glacier and donned crampons to hike the stunning ice mass, discovering ice caves, waterfalls and deep crevasses along the way. At the end of the hike we sat in the snow and enjoyed recounted the day with a stout whiskey.
What we did in a few days was just the “tip of the iceberg” of the many other amazing things to do and see in Patagonia. You don’t need to be an adventure traveler to appreciate what this part of the world has to offer