Argentina - Patagonia.. A Dream, March 2019
We then visited a contemporary exhibition at a museum and an exhibition called “Los circulos del Dante” at a two-story house owned by the previous president Don Bartolomé Mitro. Such exhibits are mostly free and ideal getaways from the busy streets of the city.
In the elongated lights of afternoon we walked around Plaza Dorrego where locals were having wine and beer with peanuts. A former station for carriages, this cobblestone square is in San Telmo barrio, which was the residential district for colonial officials between 16th and 19th centuries.
We then had a traditional potato omelet with Malbec wine across from a doll shop with low rays of the sun finding ways to get in from high windows.
We took a ferry to approach the massive walls of the 130 km long glacier at places 70 m high. Dripping sounds of melting ice is was only distracted by falling pieces sounding like thunder. Otherwise it is all quiet. In the forest on the peninsula, catwalks run in a forest of ñire trees and the scarlet red fire-bush notro.
On the hills along the path are many guanacos. We played un deux trois with one of them with my daughter while trying to take his picture with mountains in the background. We were walking when he was grazing and freezing when he lifted his head quickly while looking at us.
After this 3 hour hike, we walked for another two hours on a black sand on a land between two lakes in mind-blowing winds to see the amazing flow of the glacier in to the Lago Grey where 130 million years old fish fossils were found. The del Paines turned into tones of red at the time we finished our hike and returned to our hotel for a small, but delicious dinner.
Then we reached a higher plateau with taller guindo trees home to thorn tailed ryaditos, black chinned siskins, and Patagonian sierra-finches, Austral blackbirds, and white throated tree runners.
Low red bushes of indicating autumn were filled with dark faced ground tyrant birds and many black caterpillars.
At the top is the fascinating Lago de los Torres beneath the Mount Fitz Roy.
We then entered the cool marble interior of the luxurious Albert Palace Hotel with a pleasant glass-roofed L’Orangerie. Built in 1923 and known as the Paris of South America, the hotel serves to high-end customers like presidents and consulates.
Plaza San Martin was charming with a dark green park in the middle, and mansions of previous wealthy families. One was the Palacio San Martin built between 1905 and 1909 as the mansion of the Anchorena family, one of the landowners of Buenos Aires.
We then had open sandwiches at Pan Pan in the Mercado Centormo listening to some of the most famous operas sang by two women. And the big finale was in Plaza de Derrago together with a last tango.