Hosteria Koi Aiken
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Said goodbye to windy Puerto Natales and hopped on the local bus to El Calafate for a 3 1/2 hour journey. Actually took 5 1/2. Two border stops. (That's 2 more countries Loren!!) One exiting Chile no hassles. Entering Argentina a different story. What started as a single organized line soon became a seething mass of agitated humans as cars arrived …
... straight there is an overpowering sense of history and a feeling that we were at del fin del mundo. Once we had found a map we walked to our hostel, Tres Hermanos, to be greeted by an incredibly friendly and helpful Chilean lady. This was by far the nicest hostel so far, cosy and clean with a well needed laundry service that fortunately charged by the kilo not the smell. Once all our trekking clothes were handed over we met Koen, grabbed a fantastic beer ...
... we drive hours in between seeing any sort of signs of habitation and usually these are a few farm buildings and then again just the nature. The bus is full of locals, no tourists at all. We truly feel like we are going to the end of the World.
We sleep relatively well. Just to give you an idea how it is achieved, we have our sleeping bags to keep warm, ear plugs, travel pillows, eye masks and sleeping pills. They don’t knock us off totally, they just ...
... black eyes. She went off for a wash, giving us time to get painted up, but then it took for ever to get her to join us again. When she did, she completely cracked up in fits of laughter. A great prank!
We headed off towards Laguna Torre. It was a walk of about 10km on good tracks with an easy grade. For the first hour we had great views of Fitz Roy, then we passed by Laguna Madre and Hija (Mother ...
... top quality indigenous products. This is the area where there is a petrified forest.
We spent the afternoon debriefing after our different experiences. The Sigsearles will dine out for a few months on their kayaking experience!
Day 5. El Calafate. Rain again so we walked around town between squalls. Bussed out to the Glacier Museum. Tonight we'll visit a parilla (Argentenian grill )for dinner. Tomorrow we are Bailoche ...