November 23rd, 2009 – by: Sads79
View on the flight from BA to El Calafate
The LAN flight down to El Calafate
was a good service and I arrived on time at about 8.30am. The airport is a bit away from the centre (23km), so the cheapest way to get in is by shuttle minibus (A$26/£4.50). I had made a reservation at Che Lagarto (which kept to its theme in S/A of being the cheapest hostel in town, and with the best services), and the shuttle dropped me off at the door. The extremely helpful and friendly Amy on reception gave me loads of great info when I checked in, which saved me a lot of time trundling round agencies. I had a rough plan for Patagonia, which looked a bit tight for time, so I was hoping to save days where I could. Luckily, straight away, I could save a day by going to see the Perito Moreno glacier that afternoon as there are tours and buses in both the morning and afternoon. And it was a cracking clear day, so I wanted to take the chance while I could as I heard the weather in Patagonia can change very quickly. I went into town and booked a combo ticket with Chalten Travel - Perito Moreno tour and bus transport to El Chalten
the next day, all for A$220 (£35/$52) - I was soon realising that Patagonia is not a cheap destination - everything here is pricey!! Still I was glad to have a plan for the next few days, and also booked my 6 hour bus to Puerto Natales in Chile for the Wednesday (A$60/£10/$16).....so a quick lunch and I was ready for some ice action!!