Argentina: Whale watching, Glaciers and Buenos Aires

October 2008
Argentina was an incredibly memorable trip. Our journey started in Patagonia at El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park, declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1981. We saw some of the largest glaciers and ice fields in the world and explored the unique landscape up close by boat and by trekking over Puerto Moreno Glacier. This was extremely exciting for students interested in Geography and for those who enjoy the natural world. We saw how glaciers have shaped the landscape of the area and the possible effect global warming could have on this environment.

Activities: whale watching, bird watching, observing penguins and seals, horse riding, meeting locals for a typical lunch at a Ranch, cruising through the Patagonian Glaciers(optional), glacier trekking (optional), visiting to Boca Juniors Football Stadium, typical dinner with tango show (optional), San Telmo open air arts and crafts market, shopping. 

Educational focus: Geography and Environmental literacy; students saw firsthand how the earth’s landscapes can be shaped by natural processes by visiting glaciers, mountains, rivers and lakes. The significance of biodiversity as a global resource; environmental stress and global degradation, conservation of natural resources, the impact of tourism and the local community. In Buenos Aires: the causes and effects of the unstable economy, historical facts that makes Buenos Aires a well developed city of today, and for those who liked dancing there was an opportunity to try tango in the real Argentine style!