Patagonia
Patagonia

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

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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

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

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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.

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El Calafate
El Calafate

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

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El Calafate sunset
El Calafate sunset

View from our hotel room

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El Calafate sunset
El Calafate sunset

View from our hotel room

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El Calafate Sunrise
El Calafate Sunrise
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El Calafate
El Calafate

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

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Patagonian cuisine
Patagonian cuisine

The quality of the lamb is excellent!

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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

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Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

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

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Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

The small buildling in the background is a viewing blind

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Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

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

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Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge
Laguna Nimez Bird Refuge

Chilean flamingos

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

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

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

Walkways get you up very close to the face

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

Satellite photo from NASA

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

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

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Walking on the glacier

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Chuck pausing on our glacier walk

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Glacial ice formations

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Glacial ice formations

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Chuck walking on the glacier

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Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

Whiskey on the rocks with glacial ice

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Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

Comfortable boat trip to view several other glaciers.

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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

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Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

View from the bridge

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Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

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

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

Sculptural icebergs

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

Nicknamed the Switzerland of the Americans

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Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Lake District of Northern Patagonia
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Lake District of Northern Patagonia
Lake District of Northern Patagonia
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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

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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.

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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

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Bariloche
Bariloche

Abundant chocolate stores

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