Arid lands con defecation
A shame to leave the Santa Rosa de Calamuchita. The simple pleasures are preserved and cherished when spending time in such beautiful scenery. Pero, we had to make a move. Onto Puerto Madryn via a connection in Rio Cuarto. In Rio Cuarto we drag with us Beatrice. The Uruguayan graphic designer whom we met in Cordoba. She will accompany us to Puerto Madryn, Trelew and Gaiman after then parting ways in Trelew to return to Uruguay as we head south to El Calafate. Our hopes for Puerto Madryn, a beautiful small fishing town on the mid south eastern crust of Argentina. Loosing mind in thought over the abyss of water drowning our heads with dreams of Africa. These words were Beatrices´diet during the long bus journey south, only to be flattened during the approach. Puerto Madryn the grey jungle. The urban forest. Concrete slabs covered in graffiti replace beautifully terraced houses we previously imagined. Bollocks.
The one attraction of this town is Peninsula Valdes. A home to Elephant Seal, Sea lions, Snakes, Spiders of every kind. Also home to the predator of the ocean, the Orca whale. Three hour bus journey with a multi lingual tour guide into the park. Eight hours of tour continue through he park with different stops and view points. No elephant seal, no snakes, no spiders and no Orca whales. The magnificent sight of what could only be described as a Dog, Cat, Squirrel, Fox thing defecating in the middle of the car park in the third view point. The most memorable part. The next day, tickets booked for Gaiman via Trelew. Hostel bill settled. Goodbye. Sorry Beatrice for telling you it would be worth joining us rather than continuing with your plans to Rosario (a lot closer to Uruguay).