Day 1 - On the way to el Chalten (part of the Nat'l glacier park) we stopped at a little place (the only place) in between el Calafate & el Chalten called Hotel Leona.They had pictures there of a wanted sign for Butch Cassidy.Apparently he had robbed banks all the way down there & was hiding out in that area before moving on to Chile and eventually getting shot in Bolivia.There was also a mini museum which had dinosaur fossils & aboriginal artifacts & some petrified wood.When we finally got to el Chalten it was raining but luckily by the time we got ready to go out and hike the rain had stopped - thank you God! J We hiked up to laguna Capri which was a small part of the Fitz Roy trail.We had amazing vistas and saw a woodpecker.At the end of the trail on our way back to town we met some birders from New Zealand who told us about seeing a parakeet nest & we saw a hare w/ them.We ate dinner in an adorable little restaurant called La Tapera; they even had sheepskin on the benches.(Sheep are big time in Patagonia.)
Day 2 - We took an hour boat ride on lake Viedma to get to the Viedma glacier (the largest glacier in So. America - over 30 Km long)It was cool to see the water change from murky to the amazing milky green glacier water as we got closer to the glacier.We also saw quite a few iceburgs near the glacier.We used metal cramp-ons in order to be able to walk on the ice on top of the glacier.Every view & every angle was worthy of photographing and we took a ton of pictures!We saw an ice arc & drank some Baileys Irish cream over chipped glacier ice.On the way back we actually got to see most of the Fitz Roy mountain which was a big treat since 90% of the time it is hiding behind clouds.We hiked our last short trail & got to see a condor soaring above us!!It was so majestic!