Bucket list item number... oh whatever I'm loosing count but you get the idea. One more checked off. This was accomplished by headed to the Perito Moreno glacier yesterday for what the excursion agency had called the "Big Ice" hike. They actually had an age limit could so that even if you are fit 51 year old, no glacier hiking for you. I am always a bit suspect of the age/health limits on these outings but I will say that this one may have been warranted. I made the wise choice to join the Spanish speaking group when we arrived since the majority of people where English speakers. Our group turned out to be small, gregarious and fast moving. A wise choice.
The star of the day is the obvious beauty and scale of the glacier. The Perito Moreno is one of the smallest in the area but its very accessible. It is part of the huge 300km long Patagonian ice field that lies kind of on top of the Chilean and Argentinian border. Go check it out on Google earth and be amazed. It's the third largest body of frozen fresh water in the world. The highlight was sharing the traditional mate tea with two lovely Argentinian women who clearly couldn't go two hours without a refill. Tasty and memorable.
Ended with a glacier ice whiskey on the boat back. Las fotos.