Monday, April 09, 2007


El Calafate

Our spring educational field trip took us once again to Patagonia, but to a region much different from the Peninsula Valdez and Ushuia - el Chalten y el Calafate - the land of the high mountain ice fields, glaciers and lakes.

We flew from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, with a brief stop in Bariloche. Then we boarded buses for the three hour bus ride to El Chalten, an outpost town that Argentina established during a border dispute with Chile. We spent three days in each town, and in the area around both towns, we took numerous hikes, drank glacier water, took boat rides on two of the largest lakes in Argentina, hiked on Glacier Perito Moreno, had a 4x4 excursion, and of course had some great meals.

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