We drove across to the Atlantic coast hoping to see some penguins at Monte Leon national park. We made a stop midway to visit the petrified wood forest near Sarmiento, Chubut. Its about 30kms of gravel off the main road. On the way we didn't notice any entrance we just stopped on the road and walked around in this rocky valley of dirt and petrified wood. Next we drove all the way to the coastal town of Puerto deseado, that was kinda of waste of time and gas for us. Its about 150km's off ruta 3 so we had to spend the night in town at this busy campground just outside of town, $10 and we only slept in the parking lot and used the washroom. I was unable to take a shower because the water was not warm enough but Jieun, toughed it out. The whole town was full because a rally car race but it all got delayed because of weather, it rained cats and dogs all night, the camp ground was flooded, feel sorry for all the campers their tents were sitting in pools of water. They have a penguin island but its too far to see off the coast you have to take a boat tour around the island, it cost too much so we opted not to because we knew we would see more down south.
|wood thats turn to stone|
|we could see the penguins from the shore but not as close as we would like|
Next day we cooked lunch with on and off rain than headed to Monte Leon National Park hoping to camp and see some penguins and seal lions but it didn't pan out that way. The park officer told us because of the rains we would not be able access the park. So we just decided to drive to El Calafate, to visit the one of Argentina's most visited places. The road from the coast to El Calafate was long gravel road about 200kms. When we arrived you instantly see how touristy this town is, with its countless restaurants, shops, hotels, cabins, hostels and tour operators. We elected to no take part in that nonsense and stayed at the YPF gas station in town, they had a nice lot beside the river and clean washrooms. We checked out the town and totally splurged on dinner at the most expansive restaurant place in town. El Tablita is just before the bridge and across the tourist office. We dinned on BBQ Lamb, beef and chicken plus bottle of red, tax and tip came to $80 bucks. In north america this would be a steal but when you've been on budget for the past year and half its seems like a boat load.
|playing with ice thats older than me|
|tinny town but loads of construction|
|ready for some trekking|
|weather turn bad time to get serious|
|on a mission|
|end of day one trekking Laguna Torre|
|day 2 sore but sprites are high|
|red head wood pecker only found in this area of Patagonia|
|bin laden lives|
|the trekking is over, now the hard part, road to the end of the world begins|