Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Patagonia 2012 = Grey Glacier

We chose the Wildlife Safari five day tour at EcoCamp Patagonia. This allowed us to be flexible with our activities in the park. Each evening we had the opportunity to choose from an Easy or Active adventure for the following day.

A map to give you perspective on where we are in the world.

The second adventure on the EcoCamp list was an easy trek day from the comfort of our EcoCamp dome to Grey Glacier. (The trek is named Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Navigation Glacier Grey)

We rode across the Park, stopping along the way at lookouts to admire the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires.

A look out over the park to Paine Grande

Los Cuernos

Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we saw the furious Salto Grande (Big Jump) waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe.

Salto Grande

The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until until we reach its spectacular lookout point.

Just above Salto Grande

Later, back at Lake Pehoe, we were driven South to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey where we embarked on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey.

Melissa suited up for the boat ride

0nly a small portion of one side of the glacier at waters edge

We were served pisco sours with glacial ice the just pulled from the freezing waters!

After the incredible sight of the glacier up close, we headed back to EcoCamp and got to see one of the endangered species of the park.

The endangered Huemul Deer

Back at EcoCamp we cleaned up and headed to the Core Domes for the typical evenings Pisco Sours, apps, wine and yet again a delicious three course dinner. The views at night of our camp continue to stop us in our tracks as we head tired but happy to bed.

The next day would bring us back to the Southern edge of the park and a trek up into the French Valley. Our fingers were crossed that we get a clear day because we heard the 360 degree views are amazing.

To view photos from EcoCamp Grey Glacier,
click HERE


Carroll County Altrusa said...

The blue of the glacier is so remarkable. What great photos! This really was an adventure of a lifetime.

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Tiago said...

While I lived in a Buenos Aires temporary rent traveled all South America, and I what I loved most was El Calafate and Torres del Paine. Glaciers are incredible, is a must if you travel to Argentina; it was not so expensive when I went and the Argentinean are just great, very smart and nice people!!