Countries 4    Hotels 12    Cars 32

Flights 8:flying time 40.12 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 2    Elephant 1    Boat 1

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 4   Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 2

After breakfast today I say good bye to Buenos Aires for my flight to El Calafate. Buenos Aries airport has good facilities. I arrived at the tiny airport of El Calafate earlier than scheduled this afternoon, and while I was waiting for my bag I saw these very helpful maps.

My guide is a very tall German chap, what’s a German doing in the remote town of El Calafate, he got married.  A very different landscape here, the wind, which thankfully isn’t here now doesn’t let stuff grow so it looks rather barren.

My hotel is on a hill and has great views over the town and Lake Argentina, which is the largest freshwater lake in the country. The hotel runs a minibus shuttle service into the town so after a quick freshen up I went to do some exploring.  The population of El Calafate has grown from a couple of thousand to over twenty thousand in the last ten years, all due to tourism. It’s an odd place really, very quiet, very safe, hardly any crime, there is no cinema, lots of restaurants, outdoor clothing shops, and souvenir shops.  Every thing is brought in by truck from hundreds of miles away.  It’s quite cold too. The hotel has a very cosy lobby to come back to and I had dinner here this evening.

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