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Los Glaciares National Park

January 15, 2024

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Today we drove to Los Glaciares National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is the 2nd largest national park in Argentina. Along the way, we celebrated one of our group member's birthday with our first view of Perito Moreno Glacier complete with an Argentine birthday cake! Once we arrived at the park, we were able to walk up to three different catwalk trails to view the glacier which was quite spectacular! We, of course, managed all three trails and what goes down, must come up so we walked up what seemed like thousands of steps! The good news is that my knees held up well in large part thanks to Emily's 8am Total Body Conditioning class that I have been doing since we moved into Mirabella in October!

On the way out of El Calafate, we stopped to photograph the town sign and identify a few birds on Lago Argentino include black headed swans which I am including in the picture. There were Chilean Flamingo's but out to far to photograph clearly.

We were able to witness several episodes of "calving" which is when smaller chunks of ice break off from the glacier. We missed the "big one" but fortunately, someone caught it on video and shared. I will attach photos of this magnificent glacier and either post the video (IF I can figure out how to do so!) or text it to folks!

On the way home, we stopped at the shrine of El Gauchito how is a legendary hero in Argentina who is believed to either help or curse folks who don't acknowledge him by pour beer on his shrine, leaving wine or some other offering. It's a long story but OATs tours have been doing this or almost as long at they have offered this tour after one tour guide didn't do this and the whole trip was a disaster of multiple mishaps. A funny little tradition but so far, our travels have been pretty darn seamless! You can see a picture or two of the shrine and Julio starting the traditional beer pour.

Upon our return, we ventured to dinner at Gauvo's home in El Calafate where he served all of us in his house! He was quite the character and has been doing this for OATs for some time. Soup, lamb stew, and dessert crepes plus much Argentinean wine flowing! He is of Italian descent as are so many Argentineans and had the affect to match! He lives in this small house by himself with 7 rescue dogs and volunteers at the dog shelter when not entertaining for OATs.

It was quite a spectacular day!

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Posted by Baroni 10:49 Archived in Argentina

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