A brief stop along the way - Rio Gallegos

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
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Trip End Apr 01, 2012


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Casa Familia Elcira

Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rio Gallegos is basically just our stopover town as we didn't fancy 30 hours on the bus. It seems to be a town built around a naval base, so not much to do or see but a much welcomed break and a chance to eat some hot food.  We check in to Casa Familia Elcira which is a small, basic hostel run by a very friendly woman that took my booking but didn’t quite manage to write it down or tell anyone about it.  Then off to dinner with Bryan that we met in Ushuaia.

After about ten minutes of wandering around the town realising that any restaurants that were in the guide book have since closed down, we head to the first restaurant we saw.  Turns out to be a steak house run by the police force where families come for an evening out (or that’s at least what we thought it was...).  We don’t really know how the restaurant tied in with the police force but the waiters were wearing police polo necks and police officers came and left quite frequently.  The highlight was when a guy came round selling what looked like fake dvds....and it did look like there would be karaoke later but having left at 5am in the morning we headed back to the hostel for a proper nights sleep.

The next day, Jonny and I were determined to find the sights, restaurants and bars before our bus at 8pm.  We found about three monuments, four restaurants and a museum which was a British house that had been shipped over from Britain at the start of the 20th century.  The history of this part of Argentina is pretty interesting as British citizens living in the Falkland Islands were offered grants to move to the mainland between 1890-1910 so there are some positive ties with Britain around here.  The museum itself only took 15 minutes to look around but had some interesting old photos to look at. In signing the guest book we realised we were the first visitors for 3 days...

Now it’s an 18 hour journey to Puerto Madryn, finally we’re heading North. 
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