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On 10/19/2019 at 2:42 PM, scubacruiserx2 said:


We didn't drive in Iceland when we were there but we hope to in August . Hopefully this will help you in planning or give you ideas of what to expect or see .

Thank you. We're not traveling quite the same path but love your photos. Iguazu Falls prior to our cruise and after 3 nights in Santiago; we'll be heading to the Atacama Desert for another 3 nights. Was hoping to do some great star gazing but found it is the time close to the full moon. No matter ~ will be fun and hope we can find where we're going when we pick up the car!

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Well thank you . It's great that you're getting out there and seeing a lot . Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu are probably the most common places to visit besides Santiago and Buenos Aires . Our son and DIL  ( she's Peruvian ) went to the desert the last time they were in Peru and loved it . We crave the cooler weather to visit since it's warm here so often and loved some of the unique beauty in the mountainous area so different to us Florida flatlanders . Have you made plans for Punta Arenas ?

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After breakfast and picking up a box lunch we were ready to head out to The Lonely Planet's # 1 pick in Argentina - Perito Moreno Glacier .




It about an hours ride from the hotel to the entrance




There are a number of catwalks to get you down to the glacier face .






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It's hard to tell how large the glacier is from the photos but it's about 3 miles wide , 240 feet tall and about 19 miles long .







There are different colors on the glacier white , black  , light blue and a dark blue that we had never seen before 




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We saw the water bubbling near the glacier and this huge chunk of ice floated to the surface . The next day we asked the guide on a glacier cruise about the dark color and he said that it frozen salt water and the lighter color was fresh water .




 It's hard to measure the scale of the ice chunk  until we saw a boat next to it . It was leaning a lot as all of the people rain to one side .




We did see more calving here because we stayed longer here , but this glacier is advancing instead of retreating .


Our video clip of calving :



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We saw this Cara Cara begging for food




We were calling it an early day because we had a full day ahead of us on the Gourmet Glacier cruise on the following day





We saw some amazing clouds near the lake












After arriving back at El Calafate we stopped for a look back picture






And at the Laguna Nimez Bird Sanctuary







And we found a good reason for the birds to take flight




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1 hour ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

Well thank you and you're welcome . Lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife there !


We had previously ordered dinner at the hotel which gives them time to prepare the food . When you show up at the appointed time - it's ready . Fast food done right . We saw Pisco Sours on the menu so that was our starter .





Osso Buco for her




and trout for me .




And a Apple Tart for 2



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The trip to Puerto Bandera is the same way as to Perito Moreno only you turn right instead of left . It takes about 40 minutes by car .




The door to the smaller private area aft has a map of the trip . The door knob is where we begin our cruise .




Eight of us sat at the dining table .You can see our camera bags at the bench where we sat .




The first offering was the carb course .



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The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers.

Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini, rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and a length of 53km, and Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights.

Glaciares Gourmet is a full day journey to one of the most wonderful places in Southern Patagonia. Sailing aboard exclusive Cruise María Turquesa will enjoy the highest standard of comfort and gourmet cuisine, for a truly memorable experience.

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