– El Chalten - El Calafate
I took the 8 am bus to El Calafate and it was a marvelous day. The view onto Fitz Roy and Cerro Torres was great and luckily this time the busdriver did stop briefly to allow us to take some pics. I need to rent a car tomorrow to get back to the Lago Viedma, and even to Estancia Helsingfors as the guys told me that from there the views are incredible. Checked in again to I Keu Ken and talked to Marcelo about the asado tonite and we agreed to do it around 9 pm. So I left a bit for the city to see the flamengos and probably take a dring in the IceBar in the Museo de los Glaciares.
To the Laguna for the flamingos it was a walk around 1,5 km and nice, but the laguna was quite empty so I decided to take a beer on the terrasse at the nearby restaurant as it was a really nice day. Had again Guiso Patagonica and a beer. At the neighbour table a guy started to talk to me (dont remember the name, need to look it up in FB). He is working for the Navy Forces argentina and told me that today there two Mirages say their goodbye to the argentinian people at 5 pm (well I told him if that is 5 pm argenitinian time it will be sufficient time to do both, and we lauged) as they are to be taken out of service. So I guess they will fly really low, so I told him I dont think I can make it to the Glacier Bar and back in time. He said he will take me to the bar (11km outside of town) and so we went ;o), he had to return to do s.th. Urgently, but the girl (not his girlfriend) told me she was working for the Museo and got me more then a half the price entry (80 ARS instead of 200 ARS) and said she will return to pick me up. Wow how friendly.
I went to the icebar (I was already in one, I think it was in Iceland), and I thought I probably can make 2 cocktails in the 20 minutes which we stay, but I came along quite good with the barkeeper and I made 5 ;o) … again a nice experience and with 8 Euro it was a great deal so I gave the barkeeper 50 ARS as tip. Outside already Nati the girl from Cafayate wated and took me to the place where the event will happen. I think if I had walked I would have been faster. She told me she didnt drive much so far and so far never outside the town ;o)). Nati showed me the house of Presidenta Kirchner and then we went down near the laguna, I left the car around 4:25 and said to myself there is plenty of time still then I looked up by chance and there was already the first. Hmpf, 4:30, they must been english. I just not had time to prepare the cam so I got no shot really in focus ;o((. But anyway it was an experience.
Went to check for some options:
renting a car to go to Helsinfors – but no rental car availability in all the city. And a Remise would have costed 2000 ARS = 200 Euro. Shit as it is supposed to be very nice tomorrow
Excursion to Torres del Paine and transport de Paine to Natales would have costed 2200 ARS and this was NOOP (found later it costed in total 450 ARS from El Calafate to Natales and 30.000 Chilean Pesos to the Parq which was only a third so I decided good
to the bookstore bar and had some beers and returned to the hostel around 8:30 pm and marcelo told me there is no asado as he was waiting for me. Hmmm we got both somekind of anoyed (probably therefore I didnt find him anymore in FB). Well around 9pm Alejandro. Told him there is no car and there is no asado, he took it easy and said, well then lets go to by wine and salat and stay in the hostal and by sufficient (3 bottles, chees and salami) for tomorrow to take it easy at the perito moreno. So we did and had a good time together in the hostel.
11.September – El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glaciar
Alejandro and myself took it easy and nearly missed the bus as we both thought the other guy had the salami and the cheese when we went down to the busterminal. Alejandro turned running for the hostel and I gook his small but valuable backpack (wine) to the terminal. We reached the termina around 5 minutes before the bus left. And we had again luck, as we didnt book seats and there had been only 2 seats left ;o)). To the lookout its about 80 km and it took a bit more then 90 mins.
At the glacier we went to most of the lookouts and the first lookout where we took more time was the closest the northface. The weather was not that good and some could winds came up, but luckily the lookout was most times w/o much wind. That was the time to open the first bottle (11am). We enjoyed the sight and the sound of the glacier. We had been joined by a french young guy who sticked with us. So after around 90 minutes we went on as some chinese came and where somehow disturbing. As we went on through non sighting walkway there was a loud noise and I just saw the last piece falling and it was huge, shit shit shit I said we waited and the chinese got it. We all laughed so much.
The next viewpoint was more or less central and as we had the second bottle already open we drank a bit more and enjoyed the sight. The last viewpoint was on the southface of the glacier and there we stayed the rest of the time. We had a lot of fun and we where taking a lots of selfies with everybody passing by. The funniest was later in the central lookout with the ranger, on all the pics he looked identical as if he was a statue.
Around 4pm we went back to the bus and reached El Calafate shortly before 6pm and went for 2 beers to the bookstore. In the hostel we found out that there a lot of people wanted to participate in the asado and more then we had expected. So we went to buy additional meat, salat and wine. I didnt feel so well in this loud flock and also I still felt my stomach full, therefore I didnt participate in the asado, The guys had a lot of fun according to the noise.