One big glacier & more stunning views....22-26 Nov
Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
46Trip End May 28, 2011
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El Calafate and El Chalten
Got up early around 7am, had breakfast and then headed to the bus terminal for our journey to El Calafate and 28 hours of bus heaven or hell???? We travel a small part of the famous Ruta 40 – part of which is practically a one lane dirt track. We stopped off enroute at Commodore Riverado, thought it was the West Coast as we'd travelled from Chile, but it was in fact the East Coast and the Atlantic. We got talking to a Swiss guy called Daniel, he spoke German, so Katharina and him got chatting.
I had booked us into the Los Manos hostal, Daniel joined us. We are in a 4-bed dorm with another couple. I have to admit if I was with my partner I would absolutely hate to have to share a dorm. Anyway although the hostal is a bit of a walk from the bus station the rooms are ok, and it has a nice bathroom and a lovely hot shower hat which is very important after these long bus rides
Thursday 25th November
We get up early to get the bus to the Glacier which has been organised by the hostal for us. Not a good start though as Katharina and I get told by the miserable old lady who makes the breakfast, if that's what you call some bread and making your own coffee, that we shouldn't come to Argentina if we can't speak English....well you can imagine that didn't go down well. Katharina and I have found whilst travelling together, that in Argentina in particularly the women are not very friendly to us, and in general of all the countries I have visited the people are much most hospitible than here.
I can’t believe we are just a month away from Christmas, where has this year gone, it seems to go by faster each year...I am excited about spending it in Egypt, somewhere sunny and hot for the first time
We bump into Yannick and join him on the boat ride which takes an hour and takes us up close and personal within touching distance of the glacier and icebergs, I imagine this comes pretty close to what you can expect from Antarctica
Friday 26th November
Today we spend the day at El Chalten, a 3 hour bus ride from El Calafate. Daniel comes with us, but he is going to spend a couple of days here trekking so we say our goodbyes. Again we are lucky with the weather...as we arrive so does the sun and blue sky. This is another 'wow factor’ place. Picture postcard El Chalten. This place is popular with trekkers, maybe doing 2 or 3 days around the lakes. But Katharina and I are not trekkers, so choose one the shortest of the walks, which still took a couple of hours. We went up to Los Condors and Los Aguiles, and so glad we did, although I have to say I really struggle climbing up hills. Katharina zooms up ahead of me, but I take it slowly and soak up the atmposphere. Again we had fantastic views of the mountains in particular Mount Fitzroy – magical – Lord of the Rings type landscape...how many pictures can one take of a mountain range...127 to be exact. And here we do actually see condors up close...much better than at the Colca Canyon in Peru. Wonderful and well worth the 6 hours we spent on the bus to get there and back!