Not being in a rush we were able to enjoy the generous breakfast buffet before driving off to the east side of the park. We passed several lookouts we enjoyed earlier and then turned off to a road new to us. The day was spent at lookouts with stunning vistas all with the gorgeous glacial and even non-glacial waters. I would never tire of seeing such beauty.
Throughout the day we passed herds of guanacos, and even saw a male trying to mate but the female wasn’t interested. Male rheas, ñandús, were seen with their chicks. They will adopt so one might see various ages. The mother lays the eggs and takes off! How strange she has no interested rearing her young and leaves it to the father. A goose family was also near a visitor center. Mama is brown while Dad is white. Along the way back a large herd of sheep was crossing the road forcing us to almost stop so they could get out of the way.
One different spot which involved a bit of a walk was to a non-glacial water hole, Sarmiento Lake, with a coral like rock formation, called Trombolite made of cianobacteria. As it is very sharp we had to be especially cautious not to fall on it. The water was unbelievably clear and aquamarine near shore yet cobalt blue in the depths. Pumas are sometimes seen resting there at mid-day but not this day.
I spied sudden movement next to the path, and there was a Sarmiento Lizard! While trying to get photos, Bastian carefully moved some stones where they might be living. In doing so we found a second one. They were difficult to photograph but the red spots on its underside did appear.
Our picnic was in an open field with guanacos lounging in the warm sunshine and towering peaks in the distance creating an amazing backdrop.
Later in the day we visited another aquamarine waterfall which sent up a fine spray pretty high in the air.