El Calafate

It is a totally different world down here! After arriving on Saturday afternoon (3 hour flight from Buenos Aires,) we were shuttled to our hostel in the “downtown” area (I use the term loosely, as this is a really small town). Connor and I were both pleasantly surprised by how nice our room was!

Just a quick shot of our bed - but we even got our own private toilet and shower in our room!

Just a quick shot of our bed – but we even have our own private toilet and shower in our room!

We settled in for a bit and then decided to walk around el centro to check out the area and to find some lunch. Again, it’s a very small town, but there are quite a few artisan shops & lots of restaurants and bars. It’s actually a lot like a ski town. We happened to stumble upon some sort of event involving rally cars…

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We were then shot down by our original lunch spot pick, Pura Vida (evidently it’s only a dinner place), so we settled on local diner-esque spot across the street (we were both pretty hungry & getting desperate). It was a little questionable (& greasy), but it was popular amongst the Calafate locals & I did end up enjoying my burger immensely. Connor’s meal, however, while unique, didn’t quite measure up :/

Some sort of meat dish that's prepared by pounding the meat & wrapping it around vegetables.

Some sort of meat dish that’s prepared by pounding the meat & wrapping it around vegetables.

Since then, we’ve mostly just snacked on cheese, crackers, & veggies from the grocery store. So, tonight, we’re hoping to redeem ourselves with a slightly better dining experience…

Sunday morning we had our first Patagonian excursion 😀 We were picked up and taken to El Perrito Moreno Glacier about 80 km away from El Calafate. On the way, we enjoyed some amazing scenery:

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First pit-stop for pictures

First pit-stop for pictures

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We then arrived inside the Glacier National Park where the vistas became even more epic:

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And finally, we arrived at El Perrito Moreno Glacier!

We were taken to the south end of the glacier by a catamaran

We were taken to the south end of the glacier by a catamaran

It was incredible!

It was incredible!

We were then driven to the north end of the glacier where we could walk around a few paths to get better views.

We were then driven to the north end of the glacier where we could walk around a few paths to get better views.

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Oh, yeah, and it was cold!

Oh, yeah, and it was cold!

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hunks of ice that have fallen off the glacier

hunks of ice that have fallen off the glacier

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!!!!!!

!!!!!!

As for today, we took our time getting moving this morning, and then we decided to give a little horseback riding a whirl. It’s been years since I’ve ridden a horse and Connor had only gone a couple times, so we thought it might be a worthwhile experience while we were down here…

My horse's name was Fatasma (Ghost in English). Don't be fooled - he's a little snot! (Needless to say, we never quite found our rhythm together on our 2-hour outing :/)

My horse’s name was Fatasma (Ghost in English). Don’t be fooled – he’s a little snot! (Needless to say, we never quite found our rhythm together on our 2-hour outing :/)

Gustavo, our guide, bestowed Connor with the riding whip after seeing his superior skills as a caballero :D

Connor and his horse, Caballo Blanco (“White Horse” in English – creative, huh?), fared much better together! Gustavo, our guide, even bestowed Connor with the riding whip after seeing his superior skills as a caballero 😀

Sadly, Fatasma & I never really found our rhythm during our 2 hour outing. He wa

It was a good outing all around 😀 – I took advantage of Fatasma’s & my putzing along in the rear to chat up the other tour guide in Spanish & pick his brain for his favorite bars in El Calafate 😀 Now that we’ve cleaned ourselves up & rested a bit, I think Connor and I are gonna head back into town to test out his recommendations 😀

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