Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

My favorite part of my trip to Argentina was hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier.  Seeing the glacier for the first time, hearing it crackle, watching pieces fall into the surrounding water, walking on it, and drinking the water from it was truly a full-sensory experience.  I felt like I was walking through a Georgia O’Keefe painting where piercing blue crevasses separated snow capped peaks.

We went through a tour company called Hielo y Aventura, which I would definitely recommend.  They picked us up from our hotel, drove us in a nice bus to various lookout points, supplied us with crampons (and put them on our shoes),* guided us on the glacier, and gave us scotch on the rocks at the top!

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* At first the crampons that tied onto our shoes felt a little weird, but by the end of the day, I didn’t want to give them back.

© Sarah Milstein 2016

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El Calafate, Argentina

This blog post is long overdue.  Last weekend, I got back from a 17-day trip to Argentina to visit my friend, Clau.  From Buenos Aires, we flew down to El Calafate in the Santa Cruz Province on the Argentine side of Patagonia, which was our jumping off point to Perito Moreno Glacier and to El Chaltén.  I don’t think that I appreciated how far south Buenos Aires was from California, and Patagonia from Buenos Aires.  I could have stayed in Patagonia for months, it’s so incredibly beautiful!  When we arrived in El Calafate, there was a problem with our hotel (namely, that it was closed for business), but we were able to find a place that was a little further from the town center, but closer to the unbelievably blue Lago Argentino.  All of the cab drivers refused to drive on the road below, and instead insisted on driving around the entire town.  So that was special.

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© Sarah Milstein 2016