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2008 Nov by Veikko Huhtala*
Santa Cruz is the second southernmost of the provinces of Argentina. It is also the second largest by area, but by population less than 200,000 least densely populated. We travelled by bus to Rio Gallegos on the way to/from Ushuaia. Rio Gallegos’ Airport is famous from the flight between Chile and Falkland Islands, because this plane is stopping there. We drove through Santa Cruz province twice during five days, but did not stay over night there.|
1986 Aug by Jorge Sanchez
LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK: I felt excited when I reached El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park.
I was lodged in one of the dormitories of a youth and cheap hostel, had lamb for dinner (it is a popular dish in Patagonia) and made a booking for an excursion to El Calafate for the next day.
It is not easy to get to the famous glacier Perito Moreno if you are alone and do not rent a car. That is why in the tour that I bought it was included the bus to the glacier Perito Moreno, round trip, plus an excursion in a boat that brought me in front of the glacier.
The entry to the park fee was expensive, especially for europeans. Argentinians nationals and from other speaking speaking countries in America pay much less.
On the way we stopped in a lake (Lago Argentino, the greatest in Argentina) where we saw many birds.
The guide in the bus explained us about the estancias, or farms were the owners, after the decrease in the price of wool, now they have transformed their farms in a kind of hostels for the tourists who like natural life in the open air.
Thanks to that guide ( a lady from english german origins) explained us that the name Perito Moreno is owing to Francisco Moreno, who was an expert (perito in Spanish) in that area. He made the divisory frontier between Chile and Argentina in the middle of the Andes cordillera.
Soon we boarded a boat that went very close to the glacier. It was a wonderful excursion and we could make pictures just in front. From time to time we heard the sound of a fragment of the glacier falling down.
Once the boat excursion had finished we were allowed time to walk along the pasarela until a restaurant where a few hours later we were driven back to our hotels in El Calafate.
It had been an unforgettable day.
I tried to go the next day to Torres del Paine, in Chile, but being winter the road was closed to get there so no travel agencies offered that excursion. The only excursion offered in winter in El Calafate was the one to watch and made a trekking in Fitz Roy mountain, but I did not go there.
Consequently that same evening I traveled by bus northwards, to Rio Gallegos, in the way to Bolivia. |