Speechless in Patagonia

In what would be some of the most incredible days of our trip so far, during November we spent nearly 4 weeks in Argentinian Patagonia. We travelled to Bariloche, El Calafate, El Chalten and completed our Patagonian adventure at the end of the world, in the town of Ushuaia. For us, it is impossible to describe in words the wild beauty of this part of the world. So we won’t try. Instead we have compiled a photo diary showing some of the highlights from our trip. Enjoy.

Bariloche

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The views on our first few days were hindered by typically unpredictable weather. Here we are on the outskirts of Parque Llao-Llao

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An unexpected diversion from the rain for coffee at Hotel Llao-Llao

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On our first hike we started to get a sense of the lakes and mountains that characterise the region around Bariloche

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The weather improved for our second hike to the top of Cerro Campanario. After a short 30 minute slog uphill we were rewarded with one of the most beaituful landscapes any of us had seen

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While Nana took care of Amber, Claire and I undetook one of the big day hikes in the Bariloche area. The goal for the hike was Refugio Frey

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Behind the Refugio are the classic jagged peaks of Patagonia and a frozen lake

El Calafate

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From Bariloche to El Calafate, over 1,000km south. This is the view from close to our accommodation on to the dry lake bed.

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While in El Calafate we visited the nearby Perito Moreno glacier. The glacier stretches back 30km, is 5km wide and around 60m high

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Panoramic view of the glacier with a chunk of ice to the right that had broken off

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On the drive from El Calafate to El Chalten we saw the stark contrasting landscapes that characertise the region. Patagonian steppe, crystal blue lakes coloured by sediment from the glaciers and beyond those the black jagged peaks of the mountains

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Ruta 40, part of the journey from El Calafate to El Chalten. The badge includes the Andean Condor, commonly seen in the area

El Chalten

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On our first couple of days in El Chalten poor weather limited our views of the area. However once the cloud cleared we celebrated in the gardens of our cabins with the peak of Fitz Roy now visible in the distance

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Taking Amber to the mirador looking out over the famous Cerro Torre (the tower just to the left of the trees on the right of the photo)

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Getting closer to the Fitz Roy range on a day hike from El Chalten

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Not just about the mountains. Waterfall watching in El Chalten

Ushuaia

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Looking out the window on our way to Ushuaia with the mountains of Tierra del Fuego below us

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The end of the world. Looking down on the town of Ushuaia with the Beagle Channel beyond

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Looking back over the bay into Ushuaia at the end of our Patagonia adventure

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The end at the end of the world

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