Last time I posted about the afternoon hike on New Year’s Day to see The Horns. Earlier that day, we spent the morning walking to see the Lago Gray Glacier.
After crossing a bridge, I welcomed the cool, misty feeling of the forest, and the intensity of the green. It felt rejuvenating after a long day and a long night.
The day before, one of the bus wheels had blown out on our way to the Chilean border. Pieces of shredded tire were everywhere. A small square of metal had fallen from somewhere inside the bus and punctured one of the rear tires. Luckily they were a pair. In addition to blowing out the tire, something else was damaged. I don’t remember all the details, but it was fixed with the plastic tubing of a Bic pen!
But at this moment, it no longer mattered as we descended from the forest onto a wide expanse of stones with gusts of winds bringing us a taste of the glacier, cold and frosty.
Along the way small touches of color and wild flowers peeped out reminding me that it was summer.
We hiked up a small incline to get a view of the glacier far off in the distance. Ice cubes of bluish, glacial ice bobbed in the water, like a strange Patagonian cocktail. This past winter has been long and cold; I feel too chilly to show a picture of the glacier. Brrrr.
And then we went back the same way we came. The descent with the sunny patches of flowers, the expanse of smoothed stones, a verdant forest and the bridge…maximum 6 people!
Just to give an overview of the trip, below is a map of the route we took after landing in El Calafate via Buenos Aires. Red = land travel, Blue = the cruise
After that we drove through Puerto Natales and stopped off at a ranch where we ate a freshly barbequed lamb. A day later we arrived in Puenta Arenas on the Magellan Straight to board the cruise. Stay tuned for Tierra del Fuego Island and los pinguinos!