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El Calafate Day 1

sunny 60 °F
View Patagonia and Antarctica on Baroni's travel map.

After bringing our luggage down by 5am this morning, we loaded the bus at 5:45 and headed to the regional airport. Julio in his usual humorous way, prepared us for possible delays, cancellations, and other mishaps that frequently happen in Argentina. He started by sharing his "Happy Cookies" that have different smiles on each side of the cookie. Then he shared an important Spanish saying which is "No pasa nada" which you must say with your shoulder and head cocked to one side or the other, with an optional hand gesture. The saying means "not a problem" or "so it goes" when things go wrong. Fortunately for us, our experience at the regional airport went quite smoothly and we boarded for an on time take off at 8:05 am.

We arrived in El Calafante at about 11:15 and a bus brought us into town and to our hotel. After lunch, we walked to the Laguna Nimez which is a wild life preserve on the lagoon for a 3-4 km walk through the wetlands. Saw Chilean Flamingos, black faced ibis to name a few of the birds we encountered. On the way back to our hotel, Michael and I stopped a La Cantina for a beer and an empanada which turned into dinner with a bit more to eat.

El Calafate is a small town at the northern part of the Argentinean Patagonia but charming in its own way. Although we left Buenos Aires in a thunderstorm, we landed in clearing skies and ultimate blue sky and sunshine which sounds delightful but with 30+ mph winds. Patagonia is known for its winds and quickly changing weather conditions so when we venture out tomorrow to Los Glaciares National Park to explore Perito Merino Glacier, we need to bring multiple layers and expect to put on and take off throughout the day! Should be interesting.

I may get one more blog in tomorrow before we continue south into deep Patagonia and overland to Torres del Paine National Park and we may not have internet again until we return to Buenos Aires on January 24th. If we do have intermittent internet, I will post additional blogs along the waiy.

I'm attaching a few photos including:

1. Julio's "Happy Cookies"
2. Spanish saying "No problem" or "So it goes"
3. Airline Flight Gate for El Calafate
4. Patagonia_Lago Argentina
5. Laguna Nimez - multiple photos including Michael with an owl
6. Black Faced Ibis
7. Chilean Flamingos
8. Picture of a poster with a painted owl and Michael's face "holding it"


Posted by Baroni 23:48 Archived in Argentina

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