As I mentioned before, the geography of the Chilean fjords is very complicated (as you have seen on the maps I have attached to a couple of posts). Witness this description (from Wikipedia) of how to get to El Brujo Glacier: Peel Fjord is a fjord in Chile. It branches off from the Sarmiento Channel and is located at .The east side of the fjord has three side fjords, named Amalia, Asia and Calvo. At the head of Amalia Fjord is Amalia Glacier. El Brujo Glacier is found in Asia Fjord, which is another glacier spilling from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Calvo Fjord splits into several arms towards which also descend glaciers.
We left the navigation to the crew and enjoyed the scenery. El Brujo was by far the bluest glacier we have ever seen--it was a bit surreal to see the colors and texture of this massive bit of ice. The Zodiacs were the vehicle of choice for this side trip to see some of nature's wonder!
|Glacier fed waterfalls in the Amalia Fjord|
|El Brujo Glacier|
|Up close and personal|
|Crunching through the ice in the Zodiac|
|What a beauty!|
|Enjoying the ride with our new Aussie friend, Laurie|
|The Mother Ship patiently waiting for all the little rubber boats to return through the ice|
The Pío XI Glacier (aka Brüggen Glacier) is the longest (40 miles) glacier in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica and is still advancing after a 3 mile growth spurt between 1945 and 1976. It covers a whopping 488 sq mi! This was the last large glacier that we would visit on this cruise and we were very thankful for the good weather we have experienced to date.
|Approaching Pío XI Glacier at dawn|
|Pío XI Glacier|
|Glacial ice for the bartender!|