The Perito Moreno Glacier was one of the more impressive things that I have seen in my life. We sat with our eyes glued to the glacier waiting… and then every 15 minutes or so massive whale-size pieces of ice would fall off the 70 meter high cliff face accompanied by a massive thunder-clap as the ice crashed to the lake below.
We got to see it from below by boat and from above via the mirador (lookout). Unfortunately we missed the spectacular glacier collapse (which occurs every 4-5 years) by only a few days!
Our next stop was the tiny hiking town of El Chalten (see the town behind Boaz) where we were grounded due to inclement weather (aka non-stop rain for 48 hours) which in the end was not too bad as Boaz’s spectacular negotiating skills got us a swish hotel room for less than the price of the backpackers next door. So as the rain fell, we raided the mini-bar and watched movies on cable. Our bodies appreciated the rest after Torres del Paine. Happily on our last day the clouds cleared and we hiked up to Lago de Los Tres. Another unbelievably beautiful landscape. To me, it looked like the land before time.
The last few days we spend on a bus driving the infamous unpaved Ruta 40 and as we tried to sleep, watched the landscape change from desert scrub to lush green mountains. So amazing to see snow-capped mountains, huge clear blue lakes of clear and absolutely desolate plains. A abundance of water, yet not enough rain to sustain life.