....another El - El Calfate
01.02.2017 - 02.02.2017 1 °C
How lucky are we with the weather waking to a glorious sunny day delivering picture postcard views as we ride the short 225km to El Calafate. The hub for “Los Glaciares National Park” and the famous Moreno glacier it is a trendy tourist town (Pop 8000) with all the amenities and pricing to match.
We head out on a recommendation to a restaurant that specialises in Argentinean “plough disc” cooking. Essentially provincial stews of different meats and vegetables and whilst initially reluctant it was some of the best food I’ve had thus far in Argentina. Washed down with some chilled local Roja beers and I was supremely satisfied.
A slightly overcast day greeted us for the ride to the Moreno Glacier but today I opted to jump in with Dennis the support driver and take it easy from the passenger’s seat.
As with any coddiwomple your itinerary can and does change through conversations you have and the people you meet. Today was one of those! Last night I booked a ride with the boys from Santiago to Machu Picchu commencing on 23rd March for 16 days. This ride goes through the Atacama, the Bolivian salt flats, the heights of the Andes and ends in Cusco/Machu Picchu. In discussion with my new bestie Dennis he informs me that Cusco is where he learnt his Spanish and that an ex-girlfriend runs her own Spanish school. So, it is now set I’ll be pulling up in Cusco for up to a month to study Spanish and that should be fun!
Nothing can prepare you for the grandeur of this spectacular glacier, truly an incredible natural wonder. At 30km long, 5 km wide and 70m high you can barely grasp and take in the enormity of this magnificent sight. The day was perfect being slightly overcast the glacier was showing every bit of its natural beauty. Shades of blue changing with every angle and every now and then a deafening crack as a mass of ice breaks away and tumbles into the deep turquoise of the glacial lake joining the other ice bergs that float serenely on the lake.
A very satisfying day topped with a visit to a local’s “all you can eat” Parrilla restaurant.