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Another ship joined us at this time

 

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Compare it to the size of the glacier

 

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At the water line , lower left corner

 

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When we entered Puerto Las Vacas  we were told to take a hike . We didn't see any cows but this greeted us instead 

 

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and this small bird singing at the top of his lungs 

 

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Both of us were having some knee issues so we walked around the boat a little

 

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Entrance to the private area 

 

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We did wander down to the beach for a little bit .

 

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While everyone was at the beach the table was set for lunch

 

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Glacial ice for the water

 

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Lamb for lunch

 

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The bubbles in the water glass came from the glacial ice cubes .

 

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We were now headed back to a side of the Perito Moreno glacier that we had not seen before - the lake side 

 

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We saw a new part of the glacier and stopped to drop a number of people off there

 

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Dots on the glacier

 

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turned out to be people

 

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After disembarking we saw these beautiful Lupine

 

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We circled this large green hill going back to El Calafate

 

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Another CaraCara

 

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Entering El Calafate from the West

 

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We had previously ordered dinner at the hotel which gives them time to prepare the food . When you show up at the appointed time - it's ready . Fast food done right . We saw Pisco Sours on the menu so that was our starter .

 

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After a Salud ! we were ready to eat .

 

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Osso Buco for her

 

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and trout for me .

 

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And a Apple Tart for 2

 

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 We had a long day the next morning with a trip to Torres del Paine ,  Chile and so we had an early lights out and sleeping masks on .

 

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It's about a 3 hour ride to Torres del Paine and it involves crossing into Chile so we left at 08:00 . We did stop for a couple photos like these Rhea .

 

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The boarder crossing meant paperwork for both countries and being stamped in and out twice .  

 

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We stopped near here for lunch 

 

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They had our favorite Irish Butter here provided a familiar taste in a far away place .

 

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Glacial lake

 

 

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There were flamingos on the other side

 

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The Torres were hidden by clouds at this point

 

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The towers

 

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The horns and the towers

 

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The horns , the towers and the lake .

 

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The horns , the towers , the lake and us 

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Lake Nordenskjold

 

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Salto Grande Waterfall connects Lake Nordenskjold and Lake Pehoe

 

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Lake Pehoe

 

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It had been a long day . We left at 8 AM and returned at about midnight .
 
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Our last day in El Calafate was laid back with a delivery pizza for lunch

 

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On the following day  we stopped at these flowers as we were leaving

 

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And we wanted some cool cash from the iceberg machine before leaving

 

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The first class flusher on the plane to BA .

 

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1 hour ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

The first class flusher on the plane to BA .

 

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Could you please advise me what airline and aircraft model this was on? I would very much like to include this toilet on a future trip.

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1 hour ago, kaisatsu said:

 

Could you please advise me what airline and aircraft model this was on? I would very much like to include this toilet on a future trip.

 

It sort of reminded of the Queen's chair in Geiranger

 

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Except without the view and the fresh air .

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After spending the night in BA we had and early morning flight to Santiago .

 

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It's a couple hour ride to the cruise ship Zaandam and after surrendering our passport we were put on a bus that took us to the ship .

 

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Cabin 7030

 

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We had a long trip planned so we wanted more room and a balcony to take lots of photos . 

 

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Our first night at sea was a bumpy night , as the morning weather report showed 65 MPH apparent winds across the bow .

 

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The view from the balcony

 

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First stop Puerto Montt to see Osorno Volcano

 

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On top of the Volcano it was cold , windy , and damp and the ski lift wasn't operating because the summit was covered by fog .

 

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At a lookout spot we could see the fog starting to roll in 

 

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Petrohue  Waterfalls

 

 

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And up ahead was a shopping opportunity

 

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A bridge over busy waters

 

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At this point the river divides

 

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And it can get busy here when a bus shows up and everybody wants to get the photo

 

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One way cuts through a narrow gorge

 

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And the other spills into a boiling , bubbling pool

 

 

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A video clip :

 

 

 

 

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The Brujo Glacier for breakfast

 

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Videos :

 

Entering the glacier

 

 

 

 

The Brujo Glacier

 

 

 

 

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We will be cruising along the Beagle Canal past 5 glaciers in Glacier Alley . They are annotated in red .

 

 

 

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The first glacier seen was the Romanche Glacier with it's spectacular waterfall .

 

 

 

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It was estimated that from the top of the glacier to the water was 2000'. Thus the cascade is in excess of 1000' !

 

 

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A video clip of the glacier

 

 

 

 

 

The tiny green " dots" on the left side of the picture are 50' tall trees.

 

 

 

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Enlarged photo of where the waterfall emanates from the glacier

 

 

 

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Looking forward to our next glacier in the brilliant sunshine !

 

 

 

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Alemania (Germany) Glacier . Seeing the glare and sunshine reminded me that I had forgotten and left my polarizing filter at home . Oops , too late now.

 

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There is an island covered with trees in front of this glacier

 

 

 

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As we passed this glacier we noticed a large cloud of silt called Till in the water created by the glacier .

 

 

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When we were looking forward toward the sun the glare on the water had made it hard to spot. But after passing it and with the sun now at our backs , it became obvious .

 

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