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Day 78 – Catching the Bus to El Calafate

December 27, 2010

Location: Roads between Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile and El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

Date: Monday, December 27, 2010

This is how you travel in Patagonia. You pray you can find a bus to your next destination but plan for the worst. Yesterday, that meant going to every ticket agent in town and getting told every ticket was sold out for the next two days. For the next few hours I kept wondering if Porto Natales had two more days of surprises left in it. There were stories of people hiring private transport to El Calafate, our desired destination. Tales of people booking tours just to get out of town.

Then we heard a rumor that a company was thinking of adding another bus to its schedule. Rumor turned to fact and we returned later in the night to buy the rapidly disappearing tickets.

In the end, we made it to our destination across the Argentine border to the lakeside town of El Calafate. Now, I can’t stomach telling another bus story, especially when some have been more eventful than this one. What? You really want to hear about breezing through immigration again? Or about how boring it can be? There are only so many storylines about buses.

Then again, it did make for some pretty pictures. Or at least one pretty picture.

Arriving in the dark (a wonder considering how late the sun sets) with no map, it was a small miracle to make it to the hostel. Tomorrow: something called “ice trekking.”

And I thought normal trekking was a stupid idea. . .

GALLERY: Uh. . .no bonus pics.

Mervyn is a traveler who brings too much, eats too much, and writes way too much. If you want to know more, you can read some of that excessive writing here.

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