After one last night in Chile, we headed to Argentina and checked into the Patagonia Queen in El Calafate. The hotel owner (Rafael) was incredibly friendly/excited to greet us, and the hotel was beautiful. (You might see our group on their website/promotional materials as there was a professional photographer/videographer around the whole time we were there.)
After a delicious lunch, Sam and I found helado (ice cream), which would remain a theme the rest of the trip. The next day, we set off on a day trip to see the Perito Moreno Glacier two ways: by boat and by walkway. The Glacier is unique in that it is not currently receding, and you can get right up to the side of it. It was also really active, with ice calvings occurring or threatening to occur throughout the day. This was such a great day for taking some risks photo wise, and I really enjoyed our time. I even overcame the challenge of having forgotten a spare battery (rookie mistake).
One of the things that really stood out to me about El Calafate were all the stray dogs. This was a common theme in all locations, but there seemed to be many more here. I couldn’t help but wonder how their days went, and who took care of them since most seemed in relatively good health. I spent an hour walking around with my camera capturing all the dogs I saw so I could make sure to remember that part of the trip.