One of those weeks

Sorry it’s been so quiet here for the past week+.   I managed to get a case of acute tendonitis in my right hand early last week, which required me to minimize typing and especially mousing, and then picked up a 48-hour flu’ish bug mid-week, uggh!   I’m feeling much better now, though, and hope to resume…

South American Trip – Part 5: Goodbye Argentina, hello Chile

Thursday, March 20:

We woke early and checked out of Kau Yatun, a little sad to be leaving this lovely hotel and its staff, but we had an early bus to catch, and after settling the bill, they called us a taxi to the bus terminal (note to anyone considering taking the bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales – you have to bring your passport when you buy the ticket, and you should really buy them in advance, as they often fill up). Boarding was uneventful, and we settled in for the long, long ride.

Out the bus window, somewhere on RN40 in Argentina

South American Trip – Part 4: El Calafate backcountry excursion

Wednesday, March 19:

We woke up Wednesday morning, breakfasted in the dark due to a power outage, then I walked around Kau Yatun’s grounds and enjoyed the lawn birding, which in addition to the South American Snipes, Upland Geese, and Southern Lapwings, included a few Ashy-headed Geese (LIFER!), and a Bar-winged Cinclodes (LIFER!)

Upland (left) and Ashy-headed (right) Geese

South American Trip – Part 3: Glaciar Perito Moreno

Tuesday, March 18:

After a nice buffet breakfast at our hotel, where we picked up our bag lunches for the day, we sat in the lobby, waiting for our arranged 8:00 pickup to go to Glaciar Perito Moreno. Since practically everyone who is in El Calafate is there to see one or more of the 200+ glaciers in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, there are a great many bus operators, who contract through tour agencies to fill their buses.

We waited and waited, watching a handful of other buses come by to pick folks up, and finally at 8:45, had the front desk call to see what the deal was. As such things usually go, our bus arrived when they were on the phone. It turns out the buses start picking folks up at hotels at 8, however, between folks not being quite ready, and there being many hotels in El Calafate, it doesn’t actually get on the road to the glacier until closer to 9:30.

Note the large tour catamaran for size comparison!