Day 4 – Thursday 11th October 2018
Buenos Aires – El Calafate
By plane – 2080kms/1292 miles (3hrs)
By foot – 11.4 kms/7.10 miles
By public transport – 37 kms/ 23 miles
Steps taken – 16,469
Goodbye Buenes Aires, hello Patagonia.
After a couple of busy, hectic, noisy, vibrant, and chaotic city days we are leaving.
I have been pleasantly surprised by Buenos Aires. A city for a few days I am usually happy with, anymore then slightly eager and ready to escape…a country girl at heart….solitude is a big factor for me. However Buenos Aires felt good.
It was green, loads of green space in fact, every single street we were in lined with trees, great architecture, amazing and interesting history, information overload to the extent of feeling overwhelmed but in a great way if that makes sense.
And I found my favourite tree in the world…it’s that beautiful I had to put it in again.
So in contrast, Argentine Patagonia…its vast, wide open and pretty empty!
We catch a plane taking a 3 hour flight to
Patagonia in the south which represents a large portion of the country. National Parks make up lots of the areas surrounding the main tourist bases.
Slightly after flying out of the city we are straight into that green empty land it goes on and on for miles. After flying for just over two hours the landscape changes. In the distance you can see the mountains covered in snow and glaciers….I feel excited already at first glance.
Patagonia is one of the world’s last great wildernesses and the most incredible destinations…in my opinion of course.
It’s home to jaw dropping scenery, granite towers, incredible lakes, cascading waterfalls and beautiful glaciers.
The geography here is unbelievable – those mountains covered in ice, it’s from another world…the distances, the vastness. I love loneliness.
The sense of possibly stepping on a spot only two or maybe three people have treaded on before fascinates me.
Rich in history with many legacies of the humans who have visited and lived upon these shores…I am eager to explore and keen to learn more!
We were heading for El Calafate, basing ourselves here for 3 days as we needed to provide ourselves with ‘ windows of opportunities’ in order to see and do what we had planned.
Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable, so we had to be sensible when organising our trip making sure we planned for days that werent so activity friendly, allowing ourselves time to do these activities on a different days if need be – fingers crossed we are lucky!
Accomodation for the next 3 days
El Calafate is a city. The name of the city is derived from a little bush with yellow flowers and dark berries that is very common in Patagonia.
Some say that if you eat the berry it guarantees your return to Patagonia to hook you with another irresistable attraction….yip I am hunting down that berry, and eating several as I want to return for sure.
On arriving, El Calafate is much more than a gateway to the Patagonian wilderness – it appears like a fun town offering all sorts of outdoor activities…I like it already!
It reminds me slightly of an up and coming Mammoth Lakes, a ski resort type place, it feels nice and laid back!
A few pictures of the town
We wondered around the place trying to get a feel of the area and it’s so much bigger than I expected.
More exploring will have to be done later but I’m excited to be here.