I made it further north to Los Glaciers national park. Starting the Patagonia send off in El Calafate - home of the Perito Moreno glacier. A stunning site: an above water face of 150 feet with another 500+ below...it's one of few left that is still advancing rather than retreating.
And I had to make a quick stop at the Glacier Museum to sample Fernet in the Glacier Bar at 10 degrees. Ill spare you the pictures of me with drink in hand - that's what Facebook is for.
Most impressive however was my next stop to the small mountain village of El Chalten. Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy loom in the background, making hikes - just as beautiful as Torres del Paine - accessible by day. No bus necessary, just start from the hostel!!! The trees have started to change color, so every minute was pretty magical.
I also made time for a glacier hike on Viedma. Not quite as picturesque as Perito Moreno, but had a blast nonetheless. Got a cool shot of the guides blazing our trail!
However, one of my favorite moments was catching the final day of the annual gaucho festival (essentially a rodeo, but WAY cooler get-ups!).