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Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate,  Argentina

   El Calafate - Customer Reviews
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My week-long trip to El Calafate far surpassed my expectations -- the kindness of the people, the ease of travel despite my limited Spanish abilities, and the amazing beauty of the place. I trekked on the Perito Moreno Glacier and took a boat ride up to the face of the glacier; went horse-back riding on the shores of Lago Argentina; and took another boat trip through blue icebergs up to the massive Upsala Glacier passing countless icebergs en route. I found it such a wonderful destination -- an easy overnight flight from the US, no jetlag, incredibly friendly people, spectactular scenery, and all the amenities available for easy travel.

I have been to New Zealand twice and was expecting to be a bit disappointed by Patagonia, but in fact it was every bit as beautiful and dramatic. We took a back road (dirt road) to get to the Perito Moreno Glacier, and didn't pass another car or human for nearly 2 hours, but we saw tons of eagles, flamingos, foxes, rabbits, and other wildlife. We were no more than 15 feet away from a trio of eagles with their fresh kill. On arrival at the glacier, we looked at it from different vantage points via the viewing stations in front of the glacier. Next, we took a hike that took us to the waterfront, where we boarded a boat that took us up to the face of the glacier. While the boat probably accommodated 200 people, there were only 8 of us on it, and we all got drinks served up with iceberg ice.

Review By: Jennifer L. from Ridgewood, NJ

The trip was amazing and I really enjoyed El Calafate's glaciers, the town of Ushuaia and the scenery in both areas. The weather was incredible, totally warm for this time of year (the beginning of their winter). Most of the time, I didn't even have to wear my coat, just my fleece jacket. The Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate was magnificent. Every two steps I took, I thought to myself "this is beautiful, I have to take a picture". Then another two steps and the view changed and I had to take another beautiful photo. Once the sun was high in the sky, a piece of the glacier broke off every few minutes and fell into the water with a huge crashing sound. It's nice to bring lunch with you so you can eat on one of the benches overlooking the water, glacier, and mountains. Otherwise, you spend time indoors in the restaurant and it seems like a regretful way to spend time there when you could be outside. The town was quiet and small, good restaurants, but not much shopping except souvenirs.

In Ushuaia, I missed the penguins (they leave in March) but the boat ride in the Beagle Channel proved to be worthy with all sorts of other wildlife. Many nice restaurants in town, decent amount of shopping, and the most beautiful mountain views behind the village.

I absolutely loved the dogs all over those towns. There are dogs walking all over the streets and they just hang out. They all belong to someone but they walk the streets as they please during the day and then go home at night. So every once in a while, one would like me and walk next to me for blocks and every time I would stop to look at a window, it stopped and looked at me to see when I was ready to walk again. And they are so well-behaved. They wait outside the store for the people, they never go in, they never ever bark. This is the cutest thing. It is the same in Ushuaia but there are more dogs in El Calafate. I met this couple who thought their temporary pet wanted food so they tried to feed it and he didn't even take the food, he just wanted to hang out with them. It is so cute. I am going to miss that. NY is too crowded for that, but it would be lovely if we could have some areas where well-behaved pets can roam leash-free.

Review By: Janet V. from New York, NY

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