|Bouncing between Argentina and Chile, back and forth across the border, we have experienced incredible variety of environments throughout the Patagonian region.|
|The Southern Patagonian Ice Field (Spanish: Campo de Hielo Sur), is located in the Southern Patagonic Andes between Argentina and Chile, is the world's second largest contiguous extrapolar ice field. The ice mass feeds dozens of glaciers in the area and we have had the experience of seeing several. Viedma, at the base of the Mt. Fitz Roy range just outside El Chaltén, Perito Moreno in the Los Glaciares National Park, and we will see Grey when we return to Torres del Paine. There are also 2 known volcanoes under the ice field; Lautaro and Viedma. Due to their inaccessibility they are among the least researched volcanoes in Chile and Argentina. - info from Wikipedia|
|Incredible cloud formations over the Andes as we leave El Chaltén and head back across the desert for El Calafate.|
|Perito Moreno and Los Glaciares National Park come into view.|
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier is one of three Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating. This important glacier is part of the ice field that accounts for the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. The other two being Greenland and Antarctica.
And it is majestically blue. I love blue. Has anyone ever told you that? The deep glow of glacier blue is intense in its realness. It's not just a color painted on my car, or a dye in my favorite scarf, or the glass of my dishes in my kitchen. It's a glow that can't be imitated or recreated by man. The blue color is caused by the weight of the ice squeezing out the air particles and leaving ice that has more density and that absorbs the other colors in the spectrum and reflecting blue. Pretty awesome.
|Puerto Natales camping sunset welcomes us to the Torres del Paine region.|
|FJORD : a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes. Yep. We are there.|
|Puerto Natales - gateway from the fjords to the glaciers and Torres del Paine.|
|Straits of Magellan. Punta Arenas - our base of travel for a few days as we fly to Rio and try to get some more van repairs done over Christmas! The weather here is rugged. Tearing wind with sun and driving rain all at once!|
|Christmas in the van. Thinking of our family and friends.|
|Heading back to Argentina - across the Strait of Magellan to the island of Tierra del Fuego|
ArgentinaThroughout Argentina, there are red shrines on the side of the road with red flags flying around them. These are shrines to Gaucho Gil. Although Gaucho Gil is not an official saint in the church, he is revered throughout the country of Argentina as a "defacto saint". Gaucho was a deserter of the military who evaded capture for quite some time. During that time, he was a sort of "Robin Hood" figure, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.
|And, we reach the bottom of the world!|