El Calafate..This town’s claim to fame is that it is the gateway to the National Park of Glaciers and some great hiking country as well. The town nestles in a valley beside Lake Argentina, a most photogenic milky turquoise lake. It’s the minute powdered particles suspended in the water that gives its color. Glacial water. The business center in the town is very touristy and as expected was crawling with tourists and tourist coaches.
But we had come to see a very special glacier…..just 80km away. The White Giant – “Glaciar Perito Moreno” - The road to the Glacier NP is surrounded by both bare and forested mountains with Lake Argentina in the mix…..very picturesque indeed. In the book of natural wonders that we have seen, at number 1 is the Grand Canyon. Number 2 is Glaciar Perito Moreno. Please pardon the superlatives…….Wow! What a spectacle! It was truly amazing! The glacier front is 5km long and it rises 60meters……almost 200ft above the water. The whole time we were there it was like listening to combined fireworks and thunder in an electrical storm……Craaaack! Craaaack! Booooom!