En Las Pampas
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We set a wakeup for 7:00 and I was up at 6:54. Strange how that happens. The concierge lounge was closed so we were told we could eat for free in the hotel's main restaurant. Breakfast was also included with the Princess tour package but being on the concierge level meant we didn't have to eat with hordes of people.
Speaking of hoards, today we had a Gaucho Tour. We were to meet a bus at 9:00 and were in the lobby at 8:45 with Frank & Pat appearing a few minutes later. Gus & Val opted out. There were at least 3 buses leaving our hotel. Our guide, "Freddy", in his limited English said we had a 2 hour bus ride to the estancia. He started talking about their popular morning drink, mate and passed around a can of the mate herbs for inspection.
We drove west on route 7, which Freddy says is the Pan American highway going from Argentina to Alaska. After about 1-1/2 hours we stopped for a 25 minute potty break and met about 6 or 8 more busses, all from Princess and all going to the estancia. Many were of people who will be coming off the ship tomorrow.
In total, the trip was a lot closer to 3 hours than 2. The estancia, La Fortuna, was very nice and the people were great but I'm afraid the whole thing shouted "tourist". They had lots to eat and drink, though, and the food and service were superb.
We were back at the hotel at about 5:20. Lin went to the room while I rushed down to La Plaza de Mayo for some pictures. Plaza de mayo is in front of the Casa Rosada or Pink House. It was from the balcony of this building that the Juan and Eva Peron addressed the crowds gathered in the plaza.
We packed until about 7, then joined the others in the bar. For dinner, the concierge recommended Siga La Vaca in Puerto Madero so we set off once again in 2 taxis.
Back in the room, we finished packing, had the bags out by about 11:30, and hit the rack at midnight.