Patagonia
Patagonia

Pristine, windswept wilderness encompassing half of Chile and one-third of Argentina. We visited El Calafate, Bariloche, and Peninsula Valdes

Patagonia from the plane
Patagonia from the plane

Bare desolate brown steppes contrasted with bright white snow capped mountains; iconic Ruta 40 traverses the region

From the air we could identify the exaggerated spires of the dazzling mountains of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, including exalted Mount Fitz Roy.

El Calafate Airport
El Calafate Airport

We arrived in Patagonia wearing our warm eponymous fleece jackets ready for the cold.....and the adventure of glaciers.

El Calafate
El Calafate

The town sits at the edge of Lago Argentino. View from our hotel room.

El Calafate sunset
El Calafate sunset

View from our hotel room

El Calafate sunset
El Calafate sunset

View from our hotel room

El Calafate Sunrise
El Calafate Sunrise
El Calafate
El Calafate

Av. Libertador is the main street, filled with tour companies, outdoor clothing shops, cafes and even a casino.

Patagonian cuisine
Patagonian cuisine

The quality of the lamb is excellent!

Chef Andre at the Hotel restaurant
Chef Andre at the Hotel restaurant

He worked at El Bulli in Spain. Here he makes Linda a special drink with 2 million year old glacial ice

Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

A birdwatcher's heaven with several different habitats and loads of different bird species

Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

The small buildling in the background is a viewing blind

Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

A painted blind affords good bird viewing and a place to get out of the wind.

Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

Chilean flamingos

American kestral
American kestral
Long-tailed Meadowlark
Long-tailed Meadowlark
Patagonian Sierra Finch
Patagonian Sierra Finch
Upland Goose
Upland Goose

The male is white and the female is brown; it was the beginning of breeding season.

Southern Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Walkways get you up very close to the face

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Satellite photo from NASA

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Walkway to the glacier; all we needed was to wear crampons on our shoes

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Walking on the glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Chuck pausing on our glacier walk

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Glacial ice formations

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Glacial ice formations

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Chuck walking on the glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Whiskey on the rocks with glacial ice

Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

Comfortable boat trip to view several other glaciers.

Bridge of our excursion boat
Bridge of our excursion boat

We finagled our way on to the bridge and had the privilege of spending time with the captain

Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

View from the bridge

Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

We got as close to the glaciers as the ice-choked frontages would allow

Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park
Upsala Glacier
Upsala Glacier
Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park
Spegazzini Glacier
Spegazzini Glacier
Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

Sculptural icebergs

Los Glaciers National Park
Los Glaciers National Park
Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Lake District of Northern Patagonia

Nicknamed the Switzerland of the Americans

Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Civic Center square in Bariloche
Civic Center square in Bariloche

Ski resort and outdoor adventure town on the shores of the Nahuel Huapi Lake National Park

Bariloche
Bariloche

In 1934, architect Ezequiel Bastille adapted Middle European styles into a tasteful urban plan. Bariloche is now known for its alpine architecture, given a unique Patagonian twist through the use of local hardwoods and stone construction as seen in Bastille’s civic center.

Unique Patagonian architecture
Unique Patagonian architecture

Bariloche is known for its alpine architecture, given a unique Patagonian twist through the use of local hardwoods and stone construction

Bariloche
Bariloche

Abundant chocolate stores