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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Andes

Patagonian Pilgrimage Part Two (of three)

After Tierra del Fuego we took a flight to El Calafete, up on the Patagonian plateau just to the east of the Andes. The terrain was arid steppe country, with miles of dry scrub and grassland.
The Patagonian steppes in the foothills of the Andes

An important feature of the district was Lago Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina. We stayed at Estancia Alice, a ranch where I was able to hire a mountain bike for a spin along the shore of the lake.

Lago Argentino is in the middle distance with the foothills of the Andes behind

Two days were spent exploring the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares by bus, boat and on foot. Here we were able to see the Andean peaks in their magnificence and approach closely the faces of some of the glaciers poring off the icefields of the Andes.

The Moreno Glacier with Chilean Firebush in the foreground

Below are some pictures of the Moreno, Speggazinia and Upsala Glaciers.



Birds of the area included (apart from little things that lived in the scrub) mighty Andean Condors, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagles and in the lake were several sorts of duck, Upland Geese and flocks of the rosy Chilean Flamingoes.

15 Comments:

Blogger lorenzothellama said...

What fantastic photos! No pictures of condors?
Lorenzo.

5:33 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

It all looks so very cold.... as if the Antarctic were not so very far away. Beautiful photographs.
I imagine Lorenzo will have something suitable to say about the red font message you conclude with.

5:33 pm  
Blogger simon said...

looks unreal! Yes where are the condors???

4:11 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Quite Kiwi! I was being restrained about his gallavanting about.
If you read this Maalie while you are away, please say hello to all my ex boyfriends down in Essex. I give you permission to give them all a big, sloppy kiss and a hug.
Lorenzo.

3:38 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Just had a text from the old boy. He is at Oulton Broad (who's she, asks Simon) and he says it's frozen over. Not much difference from the Andes then.

12:04 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

It does look cold, and East Anglia isn't warm at the moment?
If you come to see the swans at Welney, do let me know, it's very close.

3:08 pm  
Blogger Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Poor you, it must be exhausting to constantly seek out the four corners of the world, so you may aquire all these beautiful photographs for us. We admire your steadfast dedication to duty, it must be such a burden.. (wink)

Hurry back!

ps. You're tagged (nothing too onerous, I promise.)

4:43 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Maalie I think you're tricking us. You didn't really go to this patagonia place - they are all photos of New Zealand!

Haven't read the words yet, just the piccies. Will later when I've more time.

Promise ;-)

8:57 pm  
Anonymous May said...

THIS IS JUST NOT FAIR!
He spends his life on holidays (and I don't).

6:16 pm  
Blogger B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Oooo! The photo's remind me of when I lived in Ecuador!
You're in East Anglia?
Are you going to Minsmere?
We go there sometimes. We saw a bittern there this year!
Sending nose hugs from your old haunt, Colchester.

:@D

4:55 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

lorenzo he might be too busy looking up his old girlfriends there to find your ex-boyfriends. He has been gone an awfully long time after all. He didn't exactly say what kind of bird-watching he would be engaging in!

8:40 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Mmm. I hadn't thought of that Kiwi. I was playing text-tennis with him the other night and as far as I can gather he was wandering aimlessly around Lexden searching out all our childhood haunts when he could have been snogging all my ex boyfriends for me.

He only had two ex girlfriends that I really liked and one of them lived in Wales.

Lorenzo.

9:41 am  
Blogger Merisi said...

Didn't you leave ages ago?
Still two days to go til you return.
Seems like an eternity with no bird-watching news (or any, for that matter).
Hope the tentbugs kept you warm up there! :-)

3:35 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Up there Merisi? He's down there! He SAYS he is coming home on Saturday, officially, but he only has to hear gossip of a Grey-Lagged-Paddifield-Flycatcher and we won't be seen for dust.

Lorenzo.

today's word: littlebrownjob

10:08 am  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Hope you had a good trip, I love Norfolk too.

5:19 pm  

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