This shop is indeed an attractive place to visit with lots of beautifully displayed art, craft and jewelry items to spend your money on. It is not cheap and this gives its products an air of authenticity. Do not be fooled! I chose what looked like a beautiful silver bracelet, priced at something in the region of $100 as a special present from my...more
El Calafate, small tourist town in the extensive and mysterious patagonian plateu, on foot of the...more
A lot of travellers will visit both El Calafate and Torres del Paine (Puerto Natales) during their vacation. The best way for your travel from/to Chile between El Calafate and Puerto Natales is by bus. There are a couple of companies running services between these cities. We took Cootra to cross the border between Argentina and Chile. The ride...more
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
To do the trekking above the glacier, you have to cross the Brazo Rico (a branch of lake Argentino); the ship departs from a small pier situated at Puerto Bajo de la Sombra, 8 Km far from the glacier.The navigation takes about 20 minutes, and the landscape is amazing.Para realizar el trekking sobre el glaciar, deben cruzar el Brazo Rico (parte del...more
I do not drive, so I hired the services of "Hielo y Aventura" (Ice and Adventure); this is the company that makes the minitrekking day trip. A bus pick you up at your hotel, and takes you to the National Park.Yo no conduzco, así que contraté los servicios de "Hielo y Aventura"; esta es la empresa que realiza los minitrekkings. Un bus los recoge en...more
I decided to make an activity called "minitrekking"; this activity begins inside the National Park, when you embark at the pier "Puerto Bajo de la Sombra"; after crossing the Brazo Rico (a part of lake Argentino), you reach a shelter where you leave your picnic box and you meet the mountain guides, who will lead you to the glacier. Then, you begin...more
For the first three days in El Chalten, we'd had mixed weather. It didn't rain, but the skies were never really clear, meaning we had yet to experience the beauty of the Fitz Roy peaks under clear skies or even any view of Cerro Torre. I happened to wake very early at 7am and looking out the window, couldn't believe my eyes when we saw Torre. The...more
The biggest lake around El Chalten is Lago Viedma, which is fed by the huge Viedma Glacier from the Patagonian ice field. El Chalten lies a few kilometres from the north western edge of the lake. On the journey in to El Chalten there are good views of the lake, but we missed these as we arrived at night. Hence, our first view of the lake was during...more
Laguna Sucia is one of the smaller lagunas in Glaciers National Park. It stands below the Rio Blanco glacier and is close to Laguna de los Tres, though it's a much more difficult laguna to reach. However, if you have done the hike to Laguna de los Tres, you can look down on Laguna Sucia from a moraine on the western side of De Los Tres. The views...more
The evening meal in Perito Moreno wasn't included in our tour, so we had a choice of where to eat that evening. Most of the group were staying in Hotel Belgrano, and eating in the restaurant there, but we fancied something different, so we found a different place across the street from Belgrano. I think the name was El Viejo and it was more of a...more
The Cueva de los Manos (Cave of the Hands) is an impressive sight, in a remote and difficult to reach part of Patagonia. It consists of a series of walls of handprints dating from almost 10000 years ago. There are over 800 images, most of which are of left hands, though later images show animals and other scenes. Visiting the Cave of the Hands was...more
The day was perfect with not a cloud in the sky when we visited the glacier, (March) but the temperature was about 8 degrees C. Lake Argentino was a vivid turquoise. Our first look at the glacier was quite breath-taking. It is like an enormous meringue with many many sharp peaks. It was a dazzling blue and white and was absolutely pristine. Whilst...more
There is no direct bus from Rio Gallego to Puerto Natales. You have to go to Punta Arenas and then take the bus to Puerto Natales. Don't worry about the reservation in advance cause anyway it's almost impossible to do it from Buenos Aires or somewhere else. For sure there is a bus from Rio Gallego to Punta Arenas around 1 p.m. and it takes about 5 hours to get to Punta Arenas (About 90 pesos the cost) (mostly because of the custom)...so...consider 2 days to get Puerto Natales.
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Puerto Deseado is only serviced from Comodoro Rivadavia by one company called National. Since there is not so much competition and the trip is comparatively short the buses are basic but still have toilet.
1. Make sure when you book that you are far away from the toilet. This may not be the case with every bus of that company, but just to be on the safe side.
2. When you stop at Caleta Olivia, there is a short break for coffee. In the meantime your luggage is transferred to another bus. Pay attention so that you find out which bus you are supposed to go to after you return with your coffee in hand so that you do not reach a completely different destination.Related to:
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