the long ride to El Calafate

El Calafate

After departing El Bolsón we headed south to El Calafate, one of the Patagonian region’s most popular tourist destinations.  Conveniently located between El Chaltén and Torres del Paine National Park in neighboring Chile, and just 80km from Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate is touristy and growing fast.  It’s a long ride from El Bolsón, nearly 28 hours by bus. About 12 hours into the trip, around midnight, we found ourselves stalled in a long line of traffic and soon found out that the Argentinian petroleum workers were protesting and the protests had shut down the highway.  They lasted throughout the night until the next morning when the traffic eventually started moving again.  We finally arrived in El Calafate the following evening around 11pm, after nearly 35 hours on the bus!

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