Laguna Larga

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  • Day1955

    Dezember 2016: Patagonien

    December 8, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Moreno Glacier:
    If Patagonia is synonymous with jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain scenery, then the Perito Moreno Glacier certainly doesn’t disappoint. This incredible glacier is the highlight of the southern region of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, a spectacular wall of ice over 60m tall above the water and 5km wide. One of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating, you can stand on one of the many catwalks and marvel at the glacier, listening to it creak and watching as enormous chunks crash into the water. It’s also possible to take a short boat trip out onto the lake in order to get up even closer to the face of the glacier itself.

    El Chalten:
    The clouds that form around the summit of the surrounding mountains were mistaken for smoke, which gave the name „Chalten“ which means volcano. The picturesque landscape is a perfect place for hiking, as there is so much to explore and the rewards of constant beautiful sights gives a perfect reason to hike.

    Los Glaciares National Park:
    Los Glaciares National Park is probably home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Argentina, if not South America. This is classic picture-book Patagonia, wherever you turn you’re surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. Los Glaciares covers a massive area and there are two main gateways to the park; to the south, El Calafate provides access to Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier and surrounding area, then in the North, the small town of El Chalten can be used as a base to explore the Fitzroy Mountains and Lake Viedma and it’s glacier.

    Mount Fitz Roy:
    Part of the Andes mountain range, Mount Fitz Roy is one of the most challenging peaks in the world. Just look at those rocky angles. Beautiful to look at, impossible to climb, however, attracting adventurous mountaineers. Named after meteorologist and captain Robert FitzRoy, who traveled with Charles Darwin around the world, the peak is 1,951 m (6,401 ft) height. On the border of Argentina and Chile, Mount Fitz Roy stands in an undefined territory, but the Los Glaciares park is in Argentina. Although it is not that high, the mountain is indeed challenging for the climbers. Mount Everest is 8,848 m (29,029 ft) height, but approximately 100 people reach its summit every year, while only one climber might succeed in reaching Mount Fitz Roy due to its shape and extremely severe wind.

    Wolfgang am 25.04.2017
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  • Day35

    Torres Del Paine - Day 1

    April 25, 2015 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    And we're off!
    Up in the dark of the night (its doesn't get light till 830am) for the morning bus we only just get to the station in time. A 2 hour journey later the sun is up and we arrive at the park.. and it is beautiful! Open fields and mountains everywhere.. We are really in Patagonia now!
    A quick hike up to a nearby waterfall and it is stunning.. the brightest aqua blue water I have ever seen! Also animal sighting for the day, a little armadillo digging a hole :-)
    We hop on a ferry to the west side of the park and it begins. First stop is camp grey, an 11km, 4.5 hour hike away. Getting used to the weight of the backpacks its a hard slog but the nice scenery helps. About an hour from the end we hike up a hill and OMG- up over the horizon is a huge glaciar! Wow. We get to the camp site and hike out to the glaciar viewpoint just in time for sunset.. not a bad way to end the day :-)
    We settle into camp and cook our first meal of tuna pasta with cheese- was pretty good! Our newfound friends Jared, Michelle and Jess provide entertainment for the evening after having left all their cutlery and cooking utensils behind and trying to navigate through the camp with an I phone light as they didn't have headlamps :-)
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  • Day29

    Amalia Glacier, Chile

    January 31, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Aurora entered the Pacific Ocean again at around 04:00, and since then we’ve been subject to quite a lot of rolling. Thankfully the captain advised us that this was likely to happen, so I dosed myself up on the sea sickness tablets. Others failed to heed his advice, it seems, and there are now several usual faces absent from the breakfast table.

    I’m falling asleep in my food here. I don’t know if it’s the rocking motion of the boat, the sea sickness tablets making me drowsy, or just fatigue from the hike yesterday (possibly all three), but I can barely keep my eyes open, and I slept for about 11 hours last night. Very odd.

    By 10:30, we’ve entered the shelter of the archipelago once more, and the rocking has died away. We are scheduled to arrive at the Amalia Glacier at around 16:00 this afternoon. Before that, however, we have a meeting for the Iguazú group to display our photographs. I do have a big fancy DSLR camera, but I don’t really know how to use it, and the pictures I took with it at Iguazú were average at best. I take the majority of my photographs with exactly the same device that I’m writing all this on (my trusty iPhone 7 Plus), and I use a certain degree of digital post-production in my pictures that I’m sure photography purists would consider cheating. I like my pictures to have vibrant colours, so I often use in-built filters or increase the colour saturation, which I feel is obvious from things like skin tone and white balance. But that’s my style, I’m not after all a trained photographer. So, I’ve not submitted any photos, but I’ll go along to see everyone, provided I’ve not fallen asleep.

    Our arrival into the channel where the glacier is located seems unfortunately ill-timed. It’s raining heavily, and visibility is poor. Therefore, my photos may have a very moody look about them today. Even so, I guess I shouldn’t complain—on the whole we’ve been very lucky with the weather so far.

    Despite the weather, standing in front of this natural phenomenon is awe-inspiring. This is not the first glacier I’ve seen, as I’ve spent time in Alaska and Iceland before, but this one is no less impressive. Some of the ice that I’m looking at first fell as snow tens of thousands of years ago. So it’s quite sobering to hear an announcement from the bridge that this glacier has retreated 7km over the past 40 years, and at that rate, it will have vanished entirely by 2050. And still people question global warming and the impact we’re having on the environment…

    Up close, the face of the glacier looks other-worldly, and the frigid turquoise crags look like they’ve been violently hewn by giant claws. That’s a giant frozen river of ice coming down the mountain, still flowing—albeit at a rate of just millimetres per year—carving out the earth as it goes.

    We stay in front of the glacier for about 40 minutes, as the ship turns on the anchor to give both sides a decent view. It’s gently sleeting now, and although the wind has dropped, there’s no sign of an impending improvement in the viewing conditions. As we sail away, the bridge suggests we look out for dolphins on our way out of the fjord, although we’re soon to make our way to dinner, so we’re likely to miss them again.

    Tomorrow, we’re due to arrive at the Brüggen glacier at around 08:00, so we all have our fingers crossed for better viewing conditions.
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  • Dec16

    Amalia Glacier, Chile

    December 16, 2019 in Chile ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    Viking Jupiter. Amalia Glacier. Day at Sea
    Sunrise 5:25 and Sunset 10:10 PM. Cloudy raining 10 Degrees C.

    Nautical Term of the Day. As the Crow Flies. When lost or unsure of their position in coastal water, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight toward the nearest land, thus giving the vessel some sort of navigational fix. This is also why the tallest lookout platform on a ship came to be known as the “crow’s nest”.
    We woke later today and then realized we had a 9:30 lecture on the making of the fjords. Quick breakfast and hurried down to get good seats in the Star Theatre.
    The lecturer was Dr John Rennie Short who is Scottish and very good with a great sense of humour. He told us he was going to talk about Plate tectonics, the Ice Age and Post Pleistocene (ice age)
    He talked about the geology of the world, that the earth is made up of the molten boiling core then the mantle full of minerals, and the crust on top which has cooled and is deep in some areas and very thin in others. 5 miles in some areas and 200 miles thick in others. Heat from the mantle makes the crust break up so it is constantly moving. The crust as it is breaking up creates parts to move, called tectonic plates. In South America there are 2 major plates the Nazca and the South American Plates. They move like bumper cars and grow at the same rate as our fingernails. These are subduction plates that push against each other and one slides under and pushes the other up to produce mountains hence the Patagonian Mountains. Volcanoes are eruptions of the mantle as the plates move. The ice Age was 2.5 million years ago. The ice sheets started to form and got thicker. During the Post Pleistocene period the ice sheets shifted, they opened up and created deep V-shaped fissures. Glaciers entered these V-shaped valleys and carved out, U-shaped valleys and filled it with water quite often creating hanging valleys and hanging rivers. When the ice age stopped and the glaciers started to recede and melt, the sea levels rose and rushed into the U-shaped valleys. The result is the creation of Fjords. The walls of the valleys are precipitous with rock outcrops and the bottom of the valleys are now very deep-water channels. Dr. Short called them “drowned” u shaped valleys.

    We decided to get lunch at the World Café and took it to the pool deck so we could watch the land as we cruised along. At 1:30 we started to see the Amalia Glacier and Lee went out on deck to get some photos. It was still drizzling but not too bad. She came back in to have lunch by the window and waited until the ship turned around the corner to enter the channel towards the Glacier. It took about an hour to get close and then Dr. Richard Bates gave a running commentary from the bridge about glaciers. We were all out on deck to watch as we slowly moved forward. He said that they are always on the move pushing the base under it in front like a bulldozer. He said that where the glacier was coming down from the mountain it is now calving into the water and the debris that it is bringing down from the mountains is dumping into the water. Cruising past the Amalia Glacier, part of Bernardo O’Higgins national Park, you cannot help but marvel at the power of nature. This massive Glacier skirts the northern rise of the recluse volcano located directly behind it, slowly eroding the hulking mound’s slopes. Amalia’s ice flow journeyed here millennia ago from the heights of the Andes mountains – a fractional segment of one of the world’s largest continuous ice fields, the southern Patagonian ice field. This sheet of ice covered the entirety of southern Chile during the Ice Age. We had hoped to see some forms of sea life but nothing at all. A bit anti climatic but still very interesting. We heard from several people that you see much more spectacular glaciers on the Alaska cruises and see a lot more calving as well.

    We spent part of the afternoon in the fitness room and spa which have very extensive facilities. In addition to the usual stem and sauna rooms, hot and cold tubs and swimming pool, they even have a snow room where you can lie on the snow to cool down

    We had dinner in The Restaurant Don had a mushroom Risotto and Lee had a Norwegian Salmon and Lump Crab Gratin. We were a bit late leaving the restaurant but were able to see the last part of the entertainment, the assistant cruise director, Corinne Bach who was a very accomplished Opera singer, singing Jazz, Broadway Musicals, Pop, and music from “Popera”.
    As we headed out of the theatre and came into the atrium, we looked down to the 2nd floor and saw that the first Christmas decorations were out, including a display of gingerbread houses made by the kitchen.
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  • Day15

    Torres del Paine

    November 19, 2016 in Chile ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Nous passons la nuit dans un joli hôtel cosy-écolo situé dans le parc et donnant sur les montagnes du Paine.
    Nous passons la journée à sillonner le parc riche en lacs et beaux points de vue.
    Nous ne comptons plus les guanacos (petits lamas) .
    Aujourd'hui nous avons vu toutes les nuances de bleu sur les lacs: émeraude, turquoise, azur, outremer et même un bleu laiteux indéfinissable.

    Belle journée encore.
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  • Day15

    Direction le Chili!

    November 19, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    La grande escapade!

    Départ en taxi puis long trajet en bus dans un paysage désolé et .... passage de frontière : Et j'te sors le passeport et j'te remplis une fiche d'immigration. Et j'te trimballe TOUS les bagages. Et j'te signe un document Et j'te remballe le tout et nous voilà au Chili . Récupération de la voiture de location, plein d'essence et de vivres et en avant la grande aventure et la nationale 40 goudronnée parfois, en piste le plus souvent. Robert est au volant : les nids d'poules, il connaît!
    Le paysage change, un peu d'herbe, les "tours du Paine" apparaissent même pas dans la brume mais en pleine majesté ce qui est rare paraît-il.
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