After a few hours flying towards the bottom of the world, we landed in El Calafate, Argentina. This was one of the main airports to get to Patagonia. We checked into our hotel, dropped of our stuff, and started walking towards the main part of town. We walked to a local lake and then went looking for some food. After some dinner, we went back to rest up for our big glacier adventure the next day.
We woke up early and headed to the Glacier National Park. First, we had to take a boat to the base of one of the mountains, then hike up for 1-2hrs until we could start trekking on the glacier. Part of the hike was steep and I will admit, I was breathing pretty hard before even getting on the glacier! Once we are on the glacier, the surroundings were unreal! Our pictures doesn’t do it justice. There were some neat areas I wanted to take pictures, but the trekking started to get hard and our mountaineers told us to put our cameras away so we could jump and climb having our hands free.
Lunch was along a glacier pond where we could refill our water bottles with fresh cold water. We spent a few more hours on the glacier. It was an amazing experience. Oh, and for those that don’t know, I learned (the hard way) that glacier sunburn is pretty severe. It was eventually time to go back, climb down the mountain, and take the boat back to mainland. All of us celebrated our success with a glass of whiskey.
After a 12 hr day of hiking and trekking, we went home and rested up. The next day, we would take a bus to a small town in the Andes for more trekking.