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// FEBRUARY 2015
Patagonia. Lets go!
Buenos Aires
General Acha
San Carlos de Bariloche
Sarmiento
Rio Gallegos
El Chaltén
El Calafate
Puerto Natales
Punta Arenas
Ushuaia
Rio Gallegos
Comodoro Rivadavia
Puerto Madryn
Bahia Blanca
Buenos Aires
Esquel
Los Glaciares National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
Punta Delgada
Rio Grande
Puerto Pirámides
Punta Delgada
Valdes
Viedma

Sarmiento


11th of February 2015
So far so good…

The journey to Esquel was beautiful. We moved in parallel with the lakes Gutierrez and Mascardi, crossing forests, while around us the top mountains of the Andes were skyrocketing.
 


We had nearly got a fit, because we did not put any petrol , while leaving San Carlos. Fortunately we found a petrol station at the first 30-40 km away from the city.


Wild, ranging wind

 It was so strong that our car was shaking all over and was almost carried away by it… 
When we left behind San Carlos, driving Southern, the landscape changed categorically and the fertile Pampa gave its place to the dry, hostile, naked Steppe which was painted by all possible shades of yellow. In the afternoon, on a daily basis, a dry, warm, roaring wind blows in menace.
 


This wind comes from the West, from Andes, and during its rolling down from an altitude of 6.000 meters, it looses all its humidity. Its speed often reaches the 120km per hour…​


GPS-Labels, final score : 1-2  

Eventually we reached Esquel driving on the National 40 and not on the Provencial 71, as it was firstly scheduled by the JPS. We followed the labels at the road because the part we left behind us was just dirty, dry soil!
 


We went to the tourist agency. Using mostly our hands and several nods we learned that the journey we wanted to have in parallel with Andes, in Chillian ground, included at least 500 kilometers in dirt road and moreover it was impossible to reach at the same day in Coyhaique, where we were supposed to spend the night at.

So we decided to change our schedule and to follow the asphalt road which was leading to the Atlantic Ocean.

It would take us a day to come down South, through the motorway, by the side of the Atlantic and then we would have to travel diagonally again, following another asphalt road, in order to reach El Chalten at the same day that we would reach there, if we would follow the previous scheduled trip, mainly in Chilian ground. So, it all seemed to be working fine and we would not have to change the program, as far as the overnight stayings, that we had arranged from El Chalten and then. Moreover, we would not have to travel a lot on long dirt roads. Of course, we would not be able to avoid all of them, but at least we would drive there only if we were not having any other alternative…

This way we would make sure that we wouldn’t get into any trouble…


Anything you learn can be proved very useful…

We passed from  Rio Mayo  and  reached  Sarmiento , where we managed to find a hotel and spend the night there. The hotel in Sarmiento is a whole…chapter by itself.

We became explorers and interior designers…We were taking from other rooms all the necessary items that were missing: toilet paper, towels, night tables, chairs…almost everything, really!!!  

Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
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Population: 1.999.540
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Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
Duration: 15
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Population: 1.999.540
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Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
Duration: 15 days
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Population: 1.999.540
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