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El Calafate, Argentina

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Today, I entered Argentina!

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I took a 5 hour busride from Puerto Natales, Chile to El Calafate, Argentina. The border crossing was about an hour.
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There were horses crossing the road at the border crossing. The ride was scenic as the huge turquoise Lago Argentina came into view with snowcapped mountains on the other side.
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El Calafate is a town based almost solely on trekking so it is kind of expensive and touristy. I plan on staying only two days and visiting one highly recommended glacier.
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The money situation is interesting here. The exchange is 5 to 1 peso to dollar but black market you can get up to 7.5 to 1. However, El Calafate seems wise to this as they were only offerring 4 to 1 to mny US dollars. How nice! another strange thing about Argentina is that now you have to buy a bag at the market they don't just pack your food into a bag! Otherwise I nourished myself today with a pizza for lunch and a completo hamburger with ham, egg, lettuce, tomato, and cheese from this restaurant.

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Posted by solorooster 02:25 Archived in Argentina

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