Today we spent a full day in Los Glaciares National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to nearly 50 large glaciers. Stretching across more than 1,700 miles, it is the second largest park in Argentina and is partially covered by a giant icecap—the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica. Unlike most other glaciers, the icy marvels at Los Glaciares formed at lower altitudes, around 5,000 feet above sea level. The lower points of origin offer exclusive access—both visually and physically—to the glaciers.
Note: Our blog titled, "Buenos Aires #2" did not go out via email because it contained too many wonderful tango photos. You can view by clicking on the link Buenos Aires #2 below.
We took advantage of this low altitude access and the wonderful steel catwalks that brought us up close and personal to Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet above Lake Argentino. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno’s ice mass often forces the glacier to “calve,” chunks of ice fracture and break of from the glacier that’s accompanied by thunderous noises that reverberate through the surrounding area. It’s quite a spectacle, and can occur at any time. We were fortunate the glacier was active this afternoon and we witnessed several events.
This evening we attended a local rodeo (jineteada in Spanish) where the Gauchos (cowboys) demonstrated their horsemanship.
Tomorrow we leave for Chile and Torres del Paine National Park. Internet will be poor at the hotel there so I may not be able to publish this blog. Two days later we embark on our 3 day cruise of the Chilean Fjords and we know we'll be out of Internet contact during that time. So, it's possible it may be several days before you'll get news of our travels.
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