Ocho Part Two



El Calafate

The Perito Moreno Glacier



See the tiny peopleimage

Seracs, cracks, caves and holes

water in the hole means it’s safe to walk around – no water and you can fall 100’s or 1000’s of meters through the glaciers – drank some 400 year old water


What does 400 year old water taste like – you ask? Tempted to say dry dusty, stale – but tasted perfect. Crazy thing is – according to the guide – you can still die of thirst – devoid of all minerals – the body cannot absorb the water.
Despite the snowy surface glacier ice is crystal clear.


60 meters above the water – 100 below the waterlineimage

Constant calving!image


One creature – a bug – lives in the glacier  – he preduces a type of glycol to keep body from freezing

Andiperla willinki is a very rare insect belonging to the order of Plecoptera, commonly known as stoneflies. Its common name is “Patagonian Dragonfly”



Time and pressure – when the snow is 25 meters deep it turns into ice and starts its journey down the mountain – 400 years old at the faceimage

The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

The Perito Moreno glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from El Calafate, was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with Chile


Architecture !

El Calafate is a world of difference from Ushuaia!  Beautiful homes, clean streets, fun Main Street with lots of shops, restaurants – and a Casino!image

Looks like everyone has started a home – most half finished – always reinforced concrete post and beam with these clay blocks as infill. image


Developer housing?image


Lots of shed roofs – often facing north (towards the sun) no shading – no solar whatsoever?image

Bright colorsimage


Cool little trucks – Suzukiimage

Some modern architecture – shading here!image

even on little housesimage