Day 12 – Patagonia

Monday, September 23, 2019

There was another extraordinary sunrise and since we had a 9 am start for our hike, we had time for a leisurely breakfast.

We drove to the parking spot where the hike normally starts to get to the boat landing.   There was a large restaurant and gift shop at the entrance and just behind them, we had to cross a hanging bridge to get to the other side of the river.

From there we hiked along a well groomed path to the beach area and then the 1.5 km ( 1 mile ) to the boat landing.

We walked towards the peninsula in the background so that we could get a better view of the glacier.

As we hiked along the beach, we saw an iceberg floating in the water, that looked like a blue gecko.

There were several icebergs in the water, as well as, a lot of ice along the shore.

We arrived at a peninsula that jutted into the water, next to the boat used to take tourists to the glacier.   We hiked to the furthest point of the peninsula, in order to get a good view of the Grey Glacier at the far end of the lake.

I took a closeup of the glacier, but I still couldn’t show how extensive it is.

After taking some pictures, we hiked around the back side of the peninsula to get back to the boat landing, before hiking back across the beach and up the trail to the parking lot.   By noon we were back at the hotel.

I spent some time in the pool area and fell asleep in one of the lounge chairs, looking at the mountains through the window.

When I woke up, it was 1:30 pm, so I went back to my room, changed and met the others in the restaurant for lunch, although they had already finished eating.

After lunch we returned to the pool area for the rest of the afternoon, before having leisurely supper and packing our bags for our trip back to Santiago in the morning.