The Isthmus at Christmas

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Automobile Club of Argentina Hotel Valdez Peninsula

Flag of Argentina  , Chubut,
Monday, December 21, 2009

20.12.09 Lovely weather

Our aim was to get to Valdes Peninsula today, as Lynn had spotted this place on the internet as being a unique UNESCO site, with whales, sea lions, penguins and many fossils.

The road condition was very good for riding all day. We paid 45 pesos each at the toll before we crossed a long isthmus with beautiful glimpses of the ocean as we motored along the narrow strip of land. We could see the ocean on both sides of our Zumo maps as we rode on to Valdes. The isthmus wound up at a visitor centre were we boned up on what we could see and do at Valdes. The place had not been open long so was nice and new.

When we arrived at Puente Piramides on Valdes Peninsula, we booked into the Automobile Club of Argentina's Hotel, in the centre of the small tourist town, set in a lovely bay which is very tidal. We walked along the coast and found lots of fossils, none of which we took, as we are trying to keep the weight down on our bikes. Bleached white whale bones seemed to be the decoration of choice outside most business establishments.

Lou and Lynn managed to score the best room again, getting the double bed while Des and I got two singles, but the beds in the ACA Hotel were so comfortable, the pillows soft and full, the sheets white and crispy, and the quilt light and fluffy, I could have stayed there a week or longer, with the lovely views over the ocean from our rooms.

Des and Lou took the opportunity of doing some maintenance on the bikes, adding oil, pumping tyres and general check-up. Lynn cleaned all the lights, visors and indicators, while I got the travelpod up to date with our latest adventures and tried and tried till 11:30 at night to upload photos, with no success.

We took a Zodiac trip around the bay looking for whales, but as Lou said they were too deep or too small! So we didn’t see any, the sea lions were lazing on the cliff edges, a bit ho-hum though after Kangaroo Island, (but we mustn’t compare). The coast was beautiful with a huge hard-sandy natural pyramid, discovered in 1806 and used by ships for navigation ever since.

During the two days at Valdez, we managed to burn out 2 thermos heaters and Des and I both got electric shocks in the process. Luckily, the hotel had a good circuit breaker system, but I did manage to put the power out in the whole place twice. The concierge was very good about it and offered to boil our water and our eggs for us. She even brought breakfast and coffee to our room as we were making an early start the next day, after two days in this lovely little unspoiled setting and attractive little bay.
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