The tourist information about El
Calafate suggests that there are endless things to do here. In fact
there is very little to do in the town itself. All of the suggested
activities are very distant and require transport and organisation that can only be achieved by a tour company,
meaning VERY costly.
Our hearts were set on visiting the Perito
Moreno Glacier and the key viewpoint of cycling the Glaciares about 75km south of the town so this was the only trip
we did. It was spectacular, well worth the money and the weather was
brilliant. We took hundreds of photos!
Perito Moreno Glacier
After three days we moved to a small B
and B booked through Booking.com. It had the best reviews of any
accommodation in town but we were not impressed. It was run down and
scruffy and on two morning no-one appeared to prepare breakfast so we
had to raid the kitchen fridges to find food and fix it ourselves!
Grown-ups at play
One of the main things that was
different in this town was that the visitors were older, around our
age. We sorely missed the company of the young crowd of optimistic
backpackers who we had made friends with while traveling south.
Cycling the Glaciares National Park
The rest of
the time we were pretty bored and struggled to entertain ourselves
without drinking the town dry.
We did do a lot of walking around the
lake shore, played on the adventure playground and spent a couple of
hours in the small town museum.
Waiting for us at our B and B was the
box full of packing materials that we had posted from Esquel weeks
ago. So now the bikes had to be dismantled and packed ready for the
flight back to Buenos Aries.
El Chalten from the lagoo