Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, February 4th, Upsala Glacier
Led by our wonderful local tour guide, Dana, we were driven (thank you Mario) to see five glaciers today. On a big beautiful catamaran with 200 passengers and twin 1500 horsepower turbines, we zoomed off across the cold, pale blue waters of Argentina's largest lake at the foot of the Andes. Dodging hundreds of icebergs from the walls of the glaciers, we marveled at their deep blue interiors. Blue and white skies over blue and white waters separated by brown, green, and white mountains. The Argentine flag displayed in every view.
This is our last full day in Argentina, as we cross over into Chile sometime tomorrow afternoon. Tonight, we all went out to eat in town (El Calafate) at Rick's. It's a barbecued meat (beef, lamb, chicken, and sausage with a buffet salad and bread) place on the main street, where we had all we could eat and a good red wine (Malbec) for $25. Like it's namesake in the film Casablanca, the story morphs tonight as two members of our group leave for Easter Island and Vancouver. We'll miss Michael and Donna, and hope we can stay in contact.
Diego and the remaining 11 of us cross over into Torres del Paine National Park tomorrow. We understand that, though passports will be kept at the ready, Chile isn't charging for entry. That's good since we spent our last Argentinian peso on the taxi back from the restaurant.
To see the photos for today, click on: Upsala Glacier