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Second set of highlights from El Calafate and El Chalten!

Featuring: sheep and wind. And a guacho. And a lot more wind.


Highlight videos from El Calafate & El Chalten

Lots of great stuff from the southern heart of Patagonia…

Day One El Calafate: settling into the estancia…

Feels great to be way down south again in Patagonia!  We arrived mid-afternoon to El Calafate, just a bit northeast and across the border from Torres del Paine.  The flight was pretty short but I had a good seat on west side of the plane and watched the parade of volcanoes and gigantic glacial lakes go by.  A shortish ride in the remise brought us 20 km west of El Calafate, to the Hosteria Galpon de Glaciar, part of an old estancia and where they have agricultural demonstrations of sheep herding and shearing etc.  A very friendly and funky place – free bikes to ride, lots of birds and friendly dogs around, good Patagonian food and Malbec from Mendoza, power goes off at night and no TV but nevertheless wireless in the lounge.  The kind of place I really like!  Tomorrow maybe some horseback riding but our big trip on Perito Merino glacier is on Saturday.  Let’s hope for some decent weather and a good sighting of the big peaks: Cerro Torre and Fitzroy.


First trip to the volcano zone

On Friday we went to the lakes to the northwest, closer to the Puyahue eruption and near the devastated town of Villa la Angostura.  (full set of pictures at: LINK)   The crew consisted of me, Monica, Esteban Balseiro, and postdoc Marcela Bastidas.  The picture below is from Lake Espejo Grande, and shows the dock and “beach”.  Obviously, a lot of pumice has accumulated here, on the downwind side.  The turquoise color of the water is also a sign of the volcano – normally the lake is dark blue and super-transparent.  Along with many other lakes, it now has the turquoise cloudiness like a lake receiving glacial flour.  But the cloudiness is from the suspended ash.  Despite a steady rain, we took pumice samples here and in an arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi, as well as water samples in a shallow lake called Lago Pire.

Pumice accumulated at the downwind end of Lago Espejo Grande, ~20 km from the Puyahue Volcano