Day 1. These are a few photos from the nature preserve in the neighborhood near our hotel. El Nuñez Nature Preserve and Lake Argentina is right behind this small body of water. There were some wild, pretty birds walking around and they weren’t afraid of people either.
Day 2. On our way to hike the Perito Moreno Glacier. This was the most grueling hike of my life! Roundtrip it took us 7 hours (we got one 10min lunch break). I was so exhausted I wanted to give up at different points during the hike. However, as you will see in the photos, it was well worth it to suck-it-up and press on…
We hiked up hill for about 40 mins and at time the incline was pretty steep.
These devices being put on my boot are called Cramp-Ons, let me tell you, they were a cramp later 😀 as they added about 3-5 pounds to my hike.
That group started before us and took a much shorter hike, I think it was a 1 hr express peek …
We had to hop across this little stream, there were quite a number of them and the terrain on the glacier also varied a lot, so at times the hike became intense. I was incredibly sore the following day. By the way, the UV index that day was 16!! Mind you, a UV index of 3-5 is considered moderate. Crazily, I wasn’t wearing sunblock (I didn’t know about the UV index until I got back to the hotel), luckily I was fine. I am grateful for having built-in sunblock ;-D Though, I must say I did get the 2nd sunburn of my life. Thankfully it was really small, on my nose and cheeks and only stung for that evening after the hike.
El Calafate was absolutely my favorite part of the entire trip, I loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Argentina. I would even be so bold as to say you could even skip Buenos Aires all together. At the end of our trip we were wishing we had spent more than 3 days in El Calafate, it was simply gorgeous.
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