Adventures to Patagonia

Sydney Foster
Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing Majors
Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Calafate, the Perito Moreno Glacier, and El Chalten were some of the most beautiful parts of Argentina I’ve ever seen. We took a long weekend to Patagonia, and although the flight was expensive other aspects of the trip really don’t have to be! We got into El Calafate and the only way to get to our air bnb was by taxi. Although I wouldn’t recommend a taxi ride, it was almost the only way to get into this very small town with no uber app. I would recommend the air bnb though,even though they’re more expensive than a hostel. You can cook in them, so you don’t have to spend all of your money on meals out. Most of our days there we had early mornings, so we didn’t spend much time out, plus night life isn’t a big scene in Calafate just because it is such a small down, there are a few “boliches” which are clubs, but nothing more. Our first day trip only cost us a grand total of 100 USD, after we packed our own lunches and got coffee after walking around. Perito Moreno Glacier, was by far one of the most breathtaking pieces of land I have ever seen. Me and two other girls I was with teared up for a moment because the view was so breathtaking. There are barely words that I can use to describe it. The first few pictures posted below, even though they don’t do it justice, will hopefully give all of you an idea of how great it was!

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If that sounds too expensive or not up your alley, you can for sure go to El Chalten National Park. For 75 dollars we got a super comfortable bus early in the morning and took it 2 hours away into this beautiful national park where we went hiking. After you spend the 75 dollars for the bus, if you pack your lunch and bring water and snacks, you really don’t have to buy anything once you get into the park and the view is well worth it. We hiked up to Laguna Capri, which took us about 2 hours to get up and 1 hour and 45 minutes to come down. On the way down, we ended up sitting on a rock overlooking the mountain.

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You do a lot of soul searching after such a difficult hike, you feel accomplished, but the size of the mountain and the beauty of this world can make a person feel so insignificant and that is humbling. If you do go to El Calafate you must go to El Chalten. Out of everything I’ve done in my time in Argentina, that has made me feel the most powerful and confident I have ever felt in my life. It was sad to go back to the city of Buenos Aires after seeing such beautiful scenery. I felt like I had a piece of Northern Michigan with me in the beauty of the landscape, but duty calls!

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