Comodor Rivadavia to Sarmiento, Chubut - Argentina

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

After a 10 hour trip on the Semi-Cama bus from Rio Gallegos we arrive at Comodoro Rivadavia around 8am, ready for a good Argentinian Patagonian breakfast...which we struggled to find given there only seems to be 2 coffee shops in the town and they are both packed -but we still had a good one.

The bus ride was good, sitting on front line on the top floor of the double-decker. The view was excellent until the sun went down around 11pm. With home cinema on board (South African film "Totsi") we enjoyed our sandwich dinner and dozed off peacefully until the day after.

Our neighbours were cracking up with our German style preparation for the night:
- sleeping bags
- inflatable pillows
- slippers
- eye covers
- ear plugs
- food and drink
- books
- backgammon

We had a walk around Comodoro Rivadavia before taking off towards Sarmiento on another 2 hour bus ride. Given Comodoro´s main attraction is the "Museum of Petroleum" you can gather that the city had little to offer! Another 100 year old town that has recently started growing strongly due to petroleum and gas...

Sarmiento is similar in structure but has more to offer nature wise:
- The Paleonthologic Park, basically life size copies of all the dinosaurs found in the area
- The Stone Forrest (see tomorrows page)
- 2 huge lakes.

Sarmiento started as a Welsh colony (same as others that we will be visiting). Although I´m not sure why the Welsh would call it "Sarmiento" when the other places they colonised were named "Trelew", "Port Madryn" and similar. Perhaps someone told a Welsh colonialist that Sarmiento means "Gold" or something similar....
Anyway, apart from the dinosaurs and a long walk around the place, we had an early night in our hotel to take advantage again of the high level in comparison to our accommodation in most of Chile. Although we are paying slightly more per night (about 2 euros more per night!) we are getting private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and TV...we hope this will continue. It just seems Chile has developed differently with all hotels being very expensive and therefore the Bed & Breakfasts and private homes filling the gap, while in Argentina there are plenty of hotels so the prices are moderately low.
Hotel tonight is $100 pesos including breakfast (more lovely croissants!) which is Euro 20. We can probably qualify the hotel as being a European 2 star one.
Anyway, we had dinner "en suite" (see pictures) ....not with the inexistent room service, but with the left overs from the camping preparation (rice, pasta, etc) and our magic cooker.
Marcos also took advantage of the extra hot water in the bathroom to shave for the first time in nearly 2 months...a photograph session took place before given the amazing similarity he had with Che Guevara drinking the national drink (mate tea).
Please note: Marcos is not wearing a revolutionary cap...its actually his underwear cleverly tied to look like a cap! Do you think Che used the same trick in the jungle??
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