Day 291 – Cueva de las Manos

I arrived to Los Aniguos early in the morning and a little tired from the bus ride. The stations tourist information center was closed since it was still too early (about 7:30am). I walked around the small terminal and noticed a tour company that shuttles people to Cuevas de las Manos.  Their sign stated that the minimum number of passengers for a trip was 4. This was something I had been warned about and I had on my radar; I might have to wait until there is enough demand to get there. My sole purpose for being in this part of Argentina was to go to this wonderful place. It is one of those place you see on TV and say, I want to go there one day. I polled the people at the station to see if anyone was interested and most were leaving town immediately. However, I exchanged…

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Day 289 – 290 – Two more days in Chalten

My goal in Chalten was to find the person that fixes tents. The zipper on my tent broke and despite my best efforts looking throughout El Calafate, I was unable to find a person to repair it. The closest was a shoe repairman. While I am sure the man was a skilled craftsman, I didn’t feel comfortable handing over my pricey tent to him. I walked around Chalten asking people and eventually got to a hitch trailer where the woman lived. I showed her the problem and she said she could fix it but that she didn’t have any double sided zippers at the moment. I told her to do the best she could. She said she would see if some tents that had been donated to her had double zippers that could be reclaimed but she didn’t sound hopeful. The cost for zipper and labor was about $20. A…

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Day 287 – 288 – Back to Chalten

Now that I knocked out the largest attraction of the area (Perito Moreno) it was time to move on again. I took a day to repack all my things and looked at how much space remained in my bag so that I could buy some food before heading back to Chalten. While there are places to buy things in Chalten, it is generally cheaper to do so in Calafate. The following day, to save money, I decided to try to hitchhike to Chalten. My bank account is not looking as healthy as I’d like it to and the 3hr bus ride is about $28. Seeing as I had good fortune to Perito Moreno, I thought I’d give it a try. Many I have spoken to have indicated that hitching was quite doable between the two places. I started my morning by packing up and storing my things in the hostel…

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Day 286 – Hitchhiking to Perito Moreno

I had been thinking about hitchhiking to Perito Moreno to save the $30 bus fare. The entrance alone is $21.50 so just in seeing the glacier the total cost would be $51.50, a lot for an unemployed vagabond. Luckily Louise was willing to come with me so we hit the road together. Louise is someone I met at my hostel and is another one of the solo cyclists on the continent. She started in Buenos Aires and is making her way down south. She is also blogging throughout her trip so those french readers can see what she’s up to here: http://voyageargentinelouise.blogspot.com We walked to where I was told one would best get a ride. Upon speaking to a police officer I realized I was either informed wrong or misunderstood. We then walked toward the opposite end of town but not before stopping at the gas station and asking touristy…

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Day 280 – 285 – El Calafate

I arrived in El Calafate with the intent to catch up on writing, do research on areas I want to visit, rest, and to get my tent repaired. After some national park hopping I was feeling in need of a break and yearning for some creature comforts. As for the outer zipper of my tent, it had been failing and it finally got to the point where it was not useable. While in town I did routine things like get a haircut, food shopping, cooking (lots of it), and I hunted for that repair person for the tent. The closest I got to this was a shoe repair person. Not exactly what I had in mind. I am not going to trust someone that has little to no experience repairing what is essence my mobile home. I found out there was a person back in Chalten that repaired them though.…

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