El Calafate
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Credit: Tim Maher
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 30 November, 2015
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Keywords: Argentina, El Calafate, Lamppost
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

There is one major reason why so many people come to El Calafate and that would be to see the Perito Moreno glacier, a truly spectacular spectacle. I shot plenty of video of the glacier on the Sony A7SII and will be trying to post some of that material when I get the time. Until then, you’ll have to make do with this image of a dirt road!

Around the glacier, a whole network for a healthy tourist industry to thrive has developed. In Calafate, you’ll find great food and plenty of other outdoor activities, but we all know it’s really about the glacier. There are many tour companies to take you out there but only one is allowed to take you out onto the ice. It’s a fantastically well run operation, with the guides very much acting as carers for their environment, wanting to share their knowledge. It must be a hard balance to find when there are so many of us wanting to be there. Somehow, they manage it, very well.

The next day, I wandered around until my bus left in the evening for El Chaltén. The first few pictures give an idea of the kind of expansion that is still going on here. So many places around the edges are still being built and there’s a definite feeling of a town that has been booming but that needs to slow down a little and tie all the loose ends together. I had been walking alongside the Lago Argentino for a few kilometres along a well-paved road which suddenly ended at a roundabout; the only option was to turn back around and go back the way you’d come, which is how I ended up setting off up a dirt trail. The mobile home along the way was one impressive beast; no idea what the sign ‘San Lorenzo’ on the wall refers to but I like how the detail in the shadows and highlights are all there; the man selling me my ticket at the bus station was the first to offer me a maté tea, which also happened to be on the official National Maté Day in Argentina (and the kettles all have a setting for heating the water to the right temperature for maté); the museum was closed; the carrots were fresh and made you feel a bit better about eating the fantastic cakes and crepes at ‘Viva la Pepa‘; the Unicorn was my Photo of the Day in this post; and the laughing duo were the fantastic Javier and Andrea at the South B&B.

I had a great time in El Calafate but, after two days, I was ready to set off for my next adventure in El Chaltén…

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