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Ice & Adventure

This sounds like a really clever title, but in all honesty it is just the name of the glacier tour company. At this point I’m pretty sure we’ve all come to realize that I am terrible at creating titles.

Anyway, this past weekend I got a chance to go to the southern region of Argentina, Patagonia. Specifically I visited El Calafate. It is a small tourist town which has recently exploded in popularity because it’s located relatively close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. This post will once again be mostly pictures because it’s hard to describe the beauty of this place. However, I will start with some fun facts about the glacier (Thanks wikipedia and tour guide Luis!)

  • The reason the glacier isn’t flat like the ones you see in Antarctica is because those are actually just covered in frozen snow; this one doesn’t have that, so you can see all of the cool ice formations
  • Parts of the glacier rupture throughout the day, which means parts of the ice just falls off the front of the glacier every day.
  • It is 97 sq miles with a depth of 578 ft!
  • it is 300-400 years old!
  • The spikey things on my feet are called Crampones, and they’re so I have a better grip on the ice.

Okay here are some pictures :)

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Ya girl being adventurous as ever!

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me: *walks on 300 year old glacier* *throws up peace sign* “nice.”

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A pano – Gorgeous, right?

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After our glacier tour, there was a giant rock that I climbed, and some other girls generously took my picture.

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Honestly this is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been

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Just chillin’ (get it?)

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Another pano – this time of the glacier itself

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Soy una exploradora!

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Cool, right? (HA! I kill me.)

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Another pano

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From the boat that we rode to the glacier on

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I really like the lighting in this picture!

Anyway, Patagonia was incredible, and I can’t believe i almost didn’t go. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been, and probably ever will go. It was truly awesome.

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