El Calafate is a small town which is growing in popularity, as it sits half way between between the Torres del Paine in Chile, (the hiker’s Mecca) and El Chalten which is a highlight of the Argentinean Andes as well as acting as a base camp for the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Glacier is a behemoth and one of only 3 glaciers in the Patagonian ice fields that are advancing. Almost 200 metres tall and 5 kilometres wide, I knew this would be hard to capture in a photograph, partly due to its size but also because one of the most humbling parts of any glacier I have trekked on is the sound, but I tried. Here is the south face…

perito merino glacier

…and the north

perito merino glacier

The fractal structure of the glacier close-up is hypnotic.

perito merino glacier

perito merino glacier

We stayed at an amazing hostel called Hospedaje Lautaro. Run by the amazing Belen and her husband, if you go to El Calafate and do not stay here you will have missed out, they were so welcoming and when we got back, cold and wet from the Glacier, they had left this in our room as a honeymoon gift!

el calafate hospedaje lautaro

El Calafate itself is situated on Lago Argentino, which like all the bodies of water in Patagonia is filled with glacial melt water, the amazing crystal grey blue colour of which we never fully adjusted to.

lago Argentino el calafate

Cloud Porn!

cloud porn

We only spent 24 hours in El Calafate as we wanted to get to the even smaller town of El Chalten before the worst of the Patagonian winter set it. This time we travelled by bus getting to see a myriad of different landscapes.

Patagonia Mountains

Patagonia Mountains lake trees

Patagonia Mountains

Patagonia Mountains

There are always a few captures you hope to get whilst you are away, this was one of them – my favourite part is the last horse just staring back as we flew past.

Patagonia horses

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