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Kel and Rob’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 20 Dec 2005

Location: El Calafate, Argentina

MapAfter arriving back in Ushuaia from Antarctica, we managed to get on a last minute flight (but not price) to El Calafate.

Our reason for travelling to El Calafate was to see the Moreno Glacier. You would think that after seeing 100´s of glaciers and iceburgs in Antarctica we would be sick of seeing them (and so did we but every traveller we meet kept telling us it is worth it).

After a 2 hr bus trip to the glacier, we came onto one of the most amazing things we have ever seen. Standing there (with every bit of clothing we had on!) overlooking this huge glacier that finishes in the water and listening to chunk after chunk of the ice fall off the 60m face (yes - 15 stories high) and crash into the lake, not something you get to do every day.

The glacier advances at an astonishing 2m a day, meaning you are always going to see some major action during your 3hr stay there. It is also 5km across but only looks like 1km!

We were also lucky enough to run into an English couple at the hostel we were staying at who recommended a number of things to see in South America, and also said we should stop off at the local bird santuary on the outskirts of town. They spent 2.5 hrs there - doing what we don´t know. We spent about 30 minutes and saw 5 pink flamingos (photos to come) and were swatting at flies the whole time!