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Glacier Trekking in Patagonia

27 Mar

The main attraction from El Calafate, Argentina is the nearby glaciers. We visited Perito Moreno glacier for a full days’ hike. It was beautiful!

This particular glacier doesn’t move much, unlike some others around the world. In fact, it has only moved a couple hundred yards since the middle ages!

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This area used to be connected via ice bridge. On March 17, 1994 a huge rupture occurred and everything collapsed.

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Itinerary for the day: we did the Big Ice tour with Hielo y Aventura. Included a boat ride to the glacier.

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After a one hour hike, we got outfitted with crampons.

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They take some getting used to!

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So blue!

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One of these days we’ll post a video of how painstakingly slow Jeannie walked on the ice.

If you’re thinking about doing Mini Trekking or Big Ice, you can probably save your money and do mini trekking. Big Ice takes lots of energy! You do get to spend more time on the glacier so it depends on your personal preference. Happy glacier trekking!

To Tour or Not To Tour

15 Feb

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Many of the vacations I took as a kid were tour-based (6am wake-up call, only 1 hour in a museum that usually takes a solid afternoon to explore, 10 minute pee break or the bus leaves without you, buffets and chains galore).  Tours are a great option for those who like to just show up and leave the planning and itinerary up to someone else.  It’s not really our style to go on such tours, we find many tours to not be at a pace that we like (either way too slow or rushed).  But I know there will be days where I will just want to wake up and let someone show me around for the day.

So in the spirit of trying new things (or giving old things a chance), I’ve researched some tours for South America that I’m pretty excited about!

For Machu Picchu, we booked with Llama Path based on our friends N+M’s recs.
In Santiago, I’m leaning towards the Spicy Chile walking tours, and in Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires Free Tour has rave reviews.
Hielo y Aventura is a must for Patagonia.

Other places we’ll probably forgo tours are Easter Island and Iguazu Falls.  We’re undecided on whether we’ll go on a favela tour in Rio.  Would you do a favela tour?

So what’s the verdict folks?  Do you love tours for its convenience and ease, stay away cus it’s not your cup of tea, or are you like us and somewhere in between?  Share in the comments or in the poll below!

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