Patagonia episode 16 — Day 14 | A chilled day, cycling around El Calafate

We said goodbye to El Chaltén as well as the painful 28km. I swore to myself that I won’t do this again. I probably will come back to this beautiful mountain range town, and I will probably do some hiking too but only to a limit of 10km a day.

Day12-14 El Chalten (476)

Day12-14 El Chalten (482)

The bus ride to El Calafate seemed quick as I snoozed most of the journey, I missed out the beautiful scenery through both sides of the windows. When we arrived back to Hostel Calafate, we decided to rent couple of bicycles to tour around the city.

El Calafate is quite small, it’s originally simply a sheltering place for wool traders. The town was officially founded in 1927 by the government to promote settlement, but it was the creation of nearby Perito Moreno National Park in 1937 that sparked growth and the building of better road access.

We cycled around the city towards the lake located by the city. It’s a very peaceful place, only a few residences sitting around the lake.

Day15 El Calafate (15)

Day15 El Calafate (20)

Day15 El Calafate (22)

We returned our bikes after an hour touring in the city, then just took a little stroll in the colourful town centre before having dinner.

Day15 El Calafate (31)
Hand crafting in one of the market in centre El Calafate

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