I checked in the hostel in El Calafate and paid for the tour to Perito Moreno which included a mini trekking on the glacier. It had always been my dream to do this glacier trekking since I missed the one in Franz Joseph long long time ago. Doing this one would be much better because it’s a much bigger glacier.
My toe was killing me. It got worse after the trekking in El Chaltén.
Throughout this trip, I didn’t use any guide books. I just relied on what people like the staff in the hostel and other backpackers told me. I had no plans. I met another girl here who was just like me – no guide book, no plans. It was like my time in Tibet. I only had a few places in mind – Galapagos in Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru, Patagonia in Argentina, Uyuni in Bolivia, Torres del Paine in Chile. That was all. When I arrived at a place, I had no idea where to go so I relied on the recommendations from the hostel or other backpackers. I was roaming around without having any ideas.
This is exactly what life is like.
Somehow life goes on whether you have an idea or not. Time doesn’t wait for you to clear your mind or wait for you to understand what’s going on. When you figure out what’s happening, you have already grown a few more years.
An exciting day awaited me.
But before that, I checked out of the cheap hostel. It was funny that the hostel lady was happy. I bet she was not the owner. She was the one who chucked everyone out of the hostel. Along with me, some other backpackers from Israel also shifted to another hostel.
I met an Argentinian guy who was going to Ushuaia too. He recommended flying as the cost was similar to taking a bus. That sounded like a good deal.
The bus came. It first took us to the mirador to view the glacier.
I was so excited!
Oh! The ice was so blue in the sun! It was so much bigger than the ones I had seen! You have to go there to see it in person yourself. The photos don’t do any justice.
The glacier was really big so I didn’t feel the danger at all (dangerous because, as I said, glaciers move all the time). We walked for a bit and then stopped and then took some photos.
A French girl I met paid 900+ peso for this tour but I paid 740 peso so I think I got a better deal but maybe her deal included something else (yes, this happens all the time in South America like my Colca Canyon tour. I paid much more than the others).
I had a good time. The ice was so big and blue! I met some German tourists in my tour too so I practised a bit of my German and said, ‘blau’. He then taught me, ‘if you want to say someone is drunk, you can say, “du bist blau”‘. The whole glacier was very drunk. LOL!
That marked the end of the trekking trip. It was such a good one!
I came back to my new room. My three room mates were from Uruguay. They said their country was even more expensive than Argentina. Wow! I wouldn’t go there.
What a day! I had a very good time!!
Loved the glacier!
23 – 24 January 2013
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