Level 10+++ happiness with some new friends from #CDMX#Chilanga They are super chingón!! . Lago del Sol, Nevado de Toluca (Xinantécatl in the native), an astounding #MegaVortex in the middle of a volcanic crater - the 4th tallest peak in Mexico at 4350m, 14,271ft !! 3C / 37F
One of the most beautiful vortex in the country Mexico !! Nevado de Toluca (Xinantécatl in the native), an astounding #MegaVortex which is the 4th tallest peak in Mexico towering at an impressive 15,354' (4.680m) -- the ridge boasts 4 huge peaks!
I have been swimming in an unheated rooftop pool in Buenos Aires for a month (about 40F) so I felt mentally prepared to swim in the lake in Patagonia but it was not to be this morning on my walk but the consolation prize is a too hot pool with killer albeit foggy view from the beautiful hotel with awesome hot sauna. #SpoiledBrat . . . .
After being in the icy cold, a cozy fire seems like a fine idea! Argentinian steak paired with a nice Malbec? I'll take it! The Design Suites is on the quiet side of the lake in El Calafate and really nice compared to how rugged it is outside! . . .
Sunset over Perito Moreno Glacier - the color palette is extraordinary - the icy blue with golden sunlight outlined by forest green. It's a visual and audio feast. The sounds of the water are from waves caused by calving - when a chunk of the glacier breaks off. You can see where it fell on the far side close to the mountain. When I heard it crack, I was looking the other way and caught the calving with my eyes but not the camera. It was one of the most spectacular events ever witnessed! Wow ! It is an indicator that the glacier is expanding - Perito Moreno is one of the only glaciers still growing - the rest, due to global warming, are melting and shrinking. . . . . . .
The hour long boat ride I took is on the left side of the lake. From this vantage, you can see a whole other huge lake on the right. And then you can see how humongous Perito Moreno is - 97 square miles and 19 miles long. If you zoom in, you can see two tiny people on the walkway! I have seen tiny glaciers while hiking mountains at altitude but have never seen anything of this magnitude. And believe it or not, I've seen less than 10 people all day. It's off season in the winter time but the solitude just makes it that much more magical! . . . . . .
After the náutico safari, my driver took me on a walking tour to view the glacier from different view points. At first, I didn't really understand why but I'm so glad he was so accommodating because the view from the walkway shows the scale of Perito Moreno. The glacier basically goes from the edge of the lake to the base of the mountains - a whopping 97 square miles - 2.5 times bigger than Disney World! . . .
There are few things that exceed my expectations; Perito Moreno is one of them. Being in its presence is like no other feeling. I feel like I'm part of this greater Universe that I can't wrap my brain around. I mean how do these things come to be? It's simply miraculous! . . .
Gentle giant. Quiet, serene and fully present. Earth energy in the Southern Hemisphere doesn't need to shout. My favorite phrase so far after 6 months in Latin America: tranquilo. Anytime you feel stressed or rushed, people will say this to you. It means something like, all good, no worries. Be tranquil. . . .
When Vortex Hunting, one of the indicators of entering a vortex is a portal. I love driving through them because it's usually an indicator that it's gonna be a big one! The entire terrain was flat until we came across this tree lined section which felt like a tunnel because the tree growth was so tall - our car was only about half the vertical yet from the distance, they looked like bushes and then when we popped out, the terrain gave way to a clear picture of the mountains ! . . . Glorious rivers and lakes! My swimming genes are getting excited! . . . .
I had the hardest time understanding the cities and distances in Patagonia - El Calafate and El Chatén are the two gateway cities to see the attractions. They are actually about 3.5-4 hours apart but when you're all the way south, that seems kind of close. But the towns are actually quite different. El Calafate is where the airport is and is kind of touristy because that's where the glacier is. And El Chatén is the little mountain town for hikers and trekkers and feels more rustic but with fewer amenities but more sporting equipment shops. I'm glad to get a better understanding of the lay of the land. They remind me of other charming mountain towns! . . .
I love the electric feeling I get from open water swimming. There are a few butterflies about what could happen but the reward is so much greater. When I swim indoors, I am restricted to the size of the pool, but when I swim in nature, whether lake, river or ocean, I feel vast and boundless. I love the rhythm of swimming a long distance, it takes me a few lengths to get comfortable with the condition of the water but in today's case, it was glassy with no waves nor wind and the temperature was perfectly crisp and very smooth. I was in a fishing boat with merry friends drinking pisco so I had the water to myself and one sea lion who popped up after I got on the boat. One of the most perfect off-shore boat swims ever! I love the #PacifcOcean - so beautiful !! . . . #AquaVortex#Swim . .
I would like to sleep here and celebrate the equinox. That would be something special. If architects these days were more in tune with the Earth and Sky, I believe modern civilization would have a different perspective on climate change. When you're walking around Machu Picchu and wrap your head around the compass, temple, residences and agriculture and water management, you realize how much time they spent communing with the Supreme Being and the inner workings of the cosmos! . . .
Me, Clare and Josh just kicking it at 8000 feet after having been at 16,000 feet. Nothing like descending to Machu Picchu when most ascend! Incredible to believe this was built according to the sun, moon and stars! #Milagro#Miracle . . .
The lake is beautiful and my camera lens is not wide enough to show the surrounding landscape and waterfall dumping into this emerald gem. It looks close but it would actually take us about 1.5 hours to hike down. . . .