South America – El Calafate, Argentina

And so the last leg of our South American journey is here…

We stayed one night in the city of El Calafate located in Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonian Argentina.

Beauty everywhere!!

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The water was truly this blue…I’ve never seen anything like the contrasts of colors in this place!

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We ended our amazing trip with the pièce de résistance…the Perito Moreno glacier!

This glacier is unusual in that it is still advancing in a time when so many are retreating and disappearing.  Knowing this, and understanding that there may be a time when that changes made this all the more powerful of an experience.

My photos do not do justice to the magnitude of this glacier…of its immense size and extreme beauty.  In addition to its size and incredible colors, it was alive with the sounds of cracking, groaning and popping!

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The Perito Moreno glacier reaches 70 meters (240 feet)…and that’s just above the surface of the water.  It is 5 kilometers (3.2 miles) across at the terminus that you see here in the photographs.

The glacier is fed from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is 30 kilometers (19 miles) in total length, making it the third largest hold of fresh water on earth.

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The boats in the water give some perspective to the height of the glacier.

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Zoomed in shot of the top of the glacier where the blue colors dazzled!

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Just as with our trek to Mt. Fitz Roy, there was a sadness in leaving this place behind.  Maybe even more so because it felt like it was truly a once in a lifetime experience and this precious piece of our earth could literally disappear.

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But as before…so happy and humbled by the experience!

Now onward to “regular” life for another few months until its time to take off for Japan!

 

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