The Traveler – Argentina – Episode 3 – Patagonia


Let’s make the horizon our destination Reaching beyond, so far we will travel together we will walk and discover the magic of today’s light the mystery of yesterday’s shadows touching the history of times to read the story of tomorrow to cherish what’s dear to our hearts to treasure what makes us humans shine to discover the wonders and miracles
of the world wherever it is hiding observe every details of its colours feel it pulsing and witness all you imagined becomes real here I am the traveler and today I step in a completely new world The Traveler takes you on a journey
to the far south of the world, a wonder of nature,
the largest ice mass outside Antarctica, Welcome to Patagonia! Welcome to Argentina! While the world’s glaciers are shrinking,
the glacier in Patagonia expands a phenomenon scientists
as have not been able to explain Welcome to the boat Thank you Behind me Perito Moreno,
one of the largest glaciers on Earth, Standing on top of the world’s
third largest freshwater reserve This glacier flows into Lake Argentino. and has been named Argentian
explorer Francisco Moreno. The river stretches 5 kilometres only 10% of the mass is visible the rest is hidden
under the surface. The ice is blue because it
absorbs ultraviolet light The grey or green areas are the sediment
picked up by ice blocks whilst moving between rocks and
surrounding mountains Visiting this rare and amazing
part of the planet a unique experience by itself but walking on top of it
is a chance once a life time This gear gear obligatory for
who visits this area, so that one can walk safely on
the slippery surface Let’s go It is not recommended to travel
long distances over this snow, UV rays reflected from the snow,
may cause burns on the human skin. Sink holes or drain holes, it’s because
we are walking on the melting area There are lot of streams on the
ice where the glacier melts probably 15 to 30 cm of ice per day maybe more in a windy day,
and that’s the reason why
the water is just flowing down
looking for the way to get to the bottom In some places it drills
making alleys and holes like this This is one of the holes that discharges water from the mountains forming a 100-meter-thick frozen river where melted water drains to
the river down beneath It forms a lake that can rise
up to 200 meters We here stories about fresh clear water
from high mountains well right here we have it for real! This is the journey that we have
long waited for. Here I am, on one of the largest glaciers
on the surface of the planet 145 square kilometres of ice, one of the harshest environments
that a man can set foot on. From a quiet village
in a remote area El Calafate has become
a thriving tourist town due to its proximity
to the South Pole it is the starting point for
excursions to the Glacier Natural Reserve and safaris in the
wild areas around. The city is small and discreet, visitors walk in its only main street, restaurants, museums,
souvenir shops, arts and crafts. There are also many souvenirs that express the culture of
Gaucho or Argentine cowboys, and some still live in El Calafate
or in the surrounding towns. Off the city of El Calafate, you can
also enjoy the scenery of the Andes The city has a sea front that is often
frozen in winter, allowing people to ski. In summer,
the beaches of Lake Argentino become the habitat
for a variety of gulls and the flamenco. at the Glacarium Patagonian Ice Museum you will be able to
upgrade your scientific knowledge, It is explained how glaciers are formed and how their existence is jeopardised
due to climate change We are in a farm in Patagonia, if you are also a fan of rural life
I invite you to join me The farm keeps the traditional Gaucho lifestyle alive cattle driving, trimming wool and the preparation
of traditional food Patagonia’s main trade is wool. It’s the primary supplier for textile
factories throughout Argentina. The abundance of ranges and the Gaucho that have maintained their
traditional lifestyle explains this. Life here depends on land, livestock
and water from the river All the creatures living
on this farm look happy: pure air, healthy food,
and a lot of family spirit. These terraces date back to the
Cretaceous period 100 million years ago divided between wetlands
rich in lakes and valleys and between deserts and dry areas each with a special
plant and wildlife life which makes Patagonia an
impressive ecological diversity During your travels you’ll encounter
birds and wild animals such as rabbits, horses and lamas. So, here we are in Argentina
and over there is Chile This is one of the most beautiful
landscapes in the world, The Andes mountain range is a barrier and form a natural boundary
between Chile and Argentina, the temperature here is
approaching zero degrees Celsius Fly from calafate to
Ushuaia two hour flight We arrive in Ushuaia, where the land ends
and the oceans meet A paradise of forests,
mountains and wildlife, I invite you to join me
on this journey This beautiful historical train
today carries many tourists But once it was a way to transport convicted
prisoners and political exiles to the very end of the country, for this reason it is called
“The end of the world train” One of the tasks
of the “End of the World Train” is the transfer of prisoners
sentenced to hard labor from their confinement
to the middle of the forest where they were forced
to cut trees facing severe cold and exposure to
poisonous insects and predators Ironically, it were prisoners
sent to Ushuaia that became the first
settlers of the city that today, although small, is
known internationally. Ushuaia’s economy depends on
tourism because of it’s stunning nature and is destination offered by many
Buenos Aires tour operators, and is the point of
access to Antarctica for adventure enthusiasts
and scientific research. Summer in Ushuaia is in December
oppositely to the northern hemisphere and has only a few
weeks to enjoy the sun the climate is cool
throughout the year Giant crabs grow exclusively
in this region of the world, I did not expect
the crab being this big We have been invited to a restaurant
specialised in cooking this giant Crab and since it is
widely available here it is a common dish in Ushuaia and has a special recipe Hello, hello Hello, good day How are you? Hazem?
Yes, how are you? It’s time to taste the giant crab Its aroma is very tasteful like the taste of grouper fillet,
though somewhat stronger excellent! An abundance of rivers, valleys and snow surrounded by the Andes
with white peaks and at altitudes of up to 4000 m Ushuaia is a picture of the magnificence and grandeur of our planet When you go along the Beagle channel you’ll find many great spots worth stopping The Beagle Strait links the Atlantic Ocean
with the Pacific Ocean and has exceptional geographical
and environmental specifities So finally we are here We are at the island, right This is a nesting area of the Gentoos,
those are Antarctic Penguins It’s a little group of them, actually they are living here
in the south of the American continent Well, in theory they are
fishing at the channel, and they stay at the island for resting,
for a few weeks because this is a safe place I see a big one there Yeah, that’s a King Penguin King Penguin It’s a king Penguin,
eventually we see at the island You hear the sound? Yeah Yeah, well, those are calling each other,
is the way they communicate with each other Very interesting sound Very nice We traveled a lot between
seas and rivers and boarded boats and airplanes to
get you all the way to the penguins Beagle Channel is one of the
few places in the world that allows tourists to see penguins
in their natural environment

2 thoughts on “The Traveler – Argentina – Episode 3 – Patagonia

  1. Not impressed. Argentina is such a safe, boring and cliché destination. It has been done before. Next time, try something you haven't done before, I suggest Uruguay. Dare to offer something new.

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