El Cal´ to El Chal´
El Chalten Travel Blog› entry 34 of 71 › view all entries
Fearing a big "last night out" in El Calafate with Cynthia and/or the Stanford GSB guys, I had changed my bus trip to El Chalten today - from a 9am departure to a 1pm departure. The big night out didn´t really materialize, but I was still glad I had changed the time.
I relaxed in the morning at the America del Sur hostel - enjoying a nice breakfast, free internet, and the company of Mariana and Yamila (the girls at the front desk of the hostel who were super friendly, super helpful, and yes, super cute).
At 12:30pm, I grabbed my bags and big farewell to Mariana and Yamila.
I made the 20 minute walk to the bus station downtown, hoping to stop at an ATM to stock up on cash - the next town of El Chalten doesn´t have an ATM. Unfortunately, one ATM was out of service, and the other one had a huge line. It was either a) get cash and miss my bus, or b) make the bus and risk not having enough money to eat for 2 days.
I chose the latter.
So I found the bus station and hopped on my bus. It didn´t look like it was going to be crowded until at the last minute a group of 20-somethings hopped on, one grabbing the open seat next to me.
I´m writing this a few days later so I really don´t remember the bus ride. And you probably don´t care about it anyway. So I´ll move on.
Arriving in El Chalten, we pulled into the Rancho Grande Hostel where I´d be staying for 2 nights. This was a fairly big, dorm-style accommodation. So I checked into my bunk room and settled in, trying to guess who my bunk mates were going to be.
El Chalten, by the way, is a great little town. Tiny town. But growing fast, thanks to the wonderful hiking trails nearby. As usual, I won´t go into details here about the town because you can just wikipedia it, or look at lonelyplanet.com or whatever. But I´m posting a few pictures. Dirt roads, lots of wind, and half the town is under construction, etc.
They do have a brewpub, though. So of course I headed out there for dinner and a beer. Wanting to carbo load before my big hike tomorrow, I went with the lamb ravioli and tasted every kind of home brewed beer they had. (Don´t worry - that equates to 2 beers - a rubia and a negra).
Knowing I had a big day ahead of me, I went back to the hostel, lounged in the lounge for a few minutes, but was in bed by 11pm.