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Dec 8, 2004 - Argentina - El Calafate

We had a nice flight to El Calafate with some impressive scenery on the way. Landed and got a taxi to our hostel which we had pre booked. It was not too impressive and fairly expensive. We dumped our bags and went out looking for another place. Found another hostel which was nicer and cheaper and they did day trips to the Perito Moreno glacier. We booked a trip and a night´s accomodation and then we headed back to our own hostel. Next day we packed our stuff and were picked up by the bus to take us to the Moreno glacier. This glacier is one...

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Nov 12, 2004 - El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 1 Slept through most of the flight but woke to enjoy the sight of the snow capped Andes and Lago Argentina to our right and the windswept barren Patagonian Steppes to our left. Flew through a small storm and had a bit of a bumpy landing. Weather was a bit like Manchester, wet & dull!!! Bags were first off for a change and we exited into the manic and crowded arrivals hall full of taxi companies and hostal owners thrusting leaflets in our faces! Found the transfer bus to El Calafate, paid our dues and climbed on, then read one of the...

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Oct 13, 2004 - ARGENTINA- El Calafate/ Perito Moreno Glacier/ Fitzroy

Crossed the Chile Argentina border, another stamp. After the exit from Chile there is 7km of no mans land before we reach the Argentina border point. Chile basically ends at the Torres del Paine park entrance and shop, where we spent lots of Chilean pesos..A pretty bumpy ride got us eventually to El Calafate. Well arrival in El Calafate, a one street town, we were all pleasantly surprised, its a luvly wooden town, apparently built for tourists, but the shops are full of little handicrafts, and its a bit cheaper than Chile :) So laundry done...

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

Sep 13, 2004 - The bus journey back to El Calafate

What we didn't realise when you get the bus to El Chalten is that on a clear day you can see the peaks of the Fitz Roy Range, incuding Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, from a good 2 hours away. On the way there we couldn't see anything due to low cloud. On the way back we were treated to these gorgeous views and a sunset. Quality.

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Sep 10, 2004 - El Calafate, at last

We arrived here yesterday finally at about 4.30 in the afternoon, checked into a hostal, booked our trip to see the Moreno Glacier for today and then grabbed a pizza. El Calafate is here solely because of the Moreno Glacier. Our guidebook reckons that this is one of the few places in the world that gets it´s livelihood from a single tourist attraction. See the next entry.

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