Friday's excursion was to see the Perito Moreno glacier, a massive moving sheet of ice. I went to see it at its end, as it melts and falls apart into the lakes of the los glaciers national park. Only an hour and half from Calafate and with some pretty cool views whilst travelling too it was well worth a visit.
The glacier was vast and the scale is mesmerising, i spent hours taking photos of the same thing convinced it looked better each time. As the day warms, you hear the ice creak and groan, the bright blue freshwater beneath it still and enticing. After a short period a loud crack and splitting noise excites the air, nothing visibly happening, all is calm...minutes later a 3-4 meter chunk of ice shears off the face of the glacier and into the lake. Cheers from the watching crowds...this is what they came to see!
It really is a fascinating thing to see, ice that formed thousands of years ago finally returning to the world of the living, the shear size of it, its unspoilt beauty. I spent over 4 hours there and the time flew by. Flattened one camera battery too!
Late afternoon return to the hostel meant I needed food. I ordered what i thought was a beef flank in mustard sauce (In fact that is exactly what i ordered using the english menu). Clearly the cook, or the waiter, or both, decided I was better suited to something else so out came a massive pot akin to a casserole, with meat that tasted awfully like pork in a wine based sauce and with bacon. not being one to complain i ate it, all of it. all four portions or whatever there was in there. I had accidently ordered a litre of beer to go wth it too (that was my fault) I will happily make that mistke again.