El Calafate- the sleepy city
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I arrived in El Calafate, by plane from Buenos Aires on Thursday afternoon (taxi transfer from the airport is 40 pesos). It certainly is a different sort of place, not just because it is half the temperature, putting my coat on as soon as I arrived, but also it has the feel of a frontier town. Dogs roam the street. Very well behaved they are to, but as I walked the one main street, Av del Libertador General San Martin, I wondered at how diverse Argentina is, from hustle and bustle to frontier town in magnificant scenary. El Calafate would normally have a sleepy feel to it. However, with the Arentinian Presidential Elections only days away, the motley collection of trucks and cars proceeded to toot their horns and bang their drums in the hope of securing last minute votes.
I did book a tour with Hielo y Aventura to the Moreno Glacier, just over 300 Argentinian pesos (50 pounds) which includes the transfer to the National Park about 50km away by minibus and then an hour and a half walking on the glacier after a crossing by boat.
In the evening I left my hotel, the Hosteria Kalken, a nice another place with a slightly Bavarian feel to it, in the hope of finding a bar. Clutching my Lonely Planet in hand I went off in search of the one bar listed, The Grouse. However, after 20 minutes of walking ever further from the centre and onto gravel paths I decided to call it a night. Tomorrow the main attraction, the Moreno Glacier.