Glacio Bar is the first ice bar in El Calafate,Argentina‘s principal glacier tourism destination. The ice bar is located inside El Calafate‘s Glacier Museum, Glaciarium, which was inaugurated earlier this year. The 80 sq. meter (861 sq. ft.) structure and all its furnishings including drinking glasses are made entirely of ice from the famous Perito Moreno glacier. Glacio Bar is sponsored by the Fratelli Branca Distilleries and offers the full line of their products for tasting. The signature cocktail of the new ice bar is the “Calafate” which contains Fernet Branca, amaretto, pineapple juice and Calafate berry liquor. (Calafate is the Spanish name for the Magellan Barberry shrub which is native to southern Patagonia). The bar is maintained at a temperature of -10° C (14° F) so entering requires special clothing and footwear. The entrace fee is 30 pesos for a 20 minute visit and all the alcohol you can drink. The Galcio Bar is open from 11 am to 8 pm every day and has a maximum capacity of 25 people
South America makes up the southern half of the Americas and a large part of Latin America. It's home to the world's longest mountain range, biggest waterfall and largest river -- even these mammoths pale in comparison to the stunning variety of life forms thriving in the rainforest. To the northwest, off the coast of Ecuador, lie the Galapagos Islands, which are unique for hosting species not found anywhere else on earth. These were the subject of study for Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution, which he himself said will require proof in every single case. The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina. Following liberation from Portugal and Spain, South America took off into its own development, capitalizing on the rich deposits of oil, gold, copper, silver and tango musicians. Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to one of the world's best parties, Carnaval. Have you heard of samba music? How about bossa nova? Maybe dancing for three days straight? I can't say enough good things about South America. All the world's continents have amazing secrets and treasures laying in wait for your discovery, but in South America... just have a look at our pictures while you're waiting for online confirmation of your plane tickets to hit your inbox.Text by Steve Smith.