First morning in Argentina, in Perito Moreno, on the famous ruta cuarenta (route 40), and… no more rain 🙂
The rain is over, but there is a really strong wind due to thermical currents on this side of the Andes.
Therefore, it’s freezing, and we are happy to find a warm place to rest in the middle of the desert immensity we are crossing.
A bit later on the way, lake CARDIO!
Un peu plus loin sur la route, le lac CARDIO!
The 2 kee-ways still go bravely on the road despite the strong winds.
And the immensity around us, always and always… Impressive! (and after a while, a bit boring).
Mate break. Mate is the national drink, it is a sort of green tea, very strong and energizing, you drink it with a straw. Perfect to warm up or wake up!
A petrol station, lost in the middle of nowhere, 200 km south of Gobernador Gregores.
Now it’s getting more interesting. We arrive near a beautiful lake and to the road leading to El Chalten. All along the way to the city, we are facing the Cerro Torres and the Fitz Roy, they get bigger and bigger as we come closer. We can’t get bored with the view!
Ça devient plus intéressant. On arrive à proximité d’un joli lac et de la route qui mène à El Chalten. Tout au long de la route qui rejoint la ville, on contemple le Cerro Torres et le Fitz Roy, ils grandissent au fur et à mesure qu’on se rapproche. Quelle vue, quelle vue!
For a change, we go for a walk around el Chalten.
We meet a condor on the way.
The next day, we need to take petrol, but there is only on place where it is possible, open from 10 am to 6 pm, so we need to wait a bit. Which is not a problem because it is a nice place to wait.
Next stop, even more impressive, the glacier of the Perito Moreno near El Calafate. No need for words, just look at the pictures!!
We go back the next day to discover the glacier from closer by actually walking on it. First we take a boat, and can observe (and hear!) the blocks of ice falling into the lake. The glacier moves forward by up to 2 meters a day!
On y retourne le lendemain pour voir le glacier de plus près en marchant dessus. Tout d’abord, on prend un bateau, ce qui nous permet d’observer (et dentendre!) les blocs de glace qui tombent dans le lac. Le glacier avance, jusqu’à 2 mètres par jour!
Then we walk on the moraine (rocks) along the glacier to go up a bit.
We put on crampons, and here we are, actually ON the Perito Moreno 🙂
Our guide is great, he explains us a lot of things about the glacier and the creation of crevasses.
And to finish this incredible day, a whiskey “on the rocks”, with the ice of the glacier of course!