From Uruguay, we headed back to Buenos Aires (8 hour bus) for a few hours before heading south on a 24 hour bus journey to do some whale watching. South America is so big. Going less than half the country on a good bus with good roads and it still takes 24 hours. Puerto Madryn was our first port of call for some whale watching. This was such a spectacular experience. Really really memorable. We got picked up from our hostel and headed to this really picture-esque beach where we watched the whales come so close to the shore. Like, you could swim out to them. It was incredible. The air smelt so good. It felt so pure or something.
Then we headed to another place where we jumped on a boat. Once again, spectacular. They come so close to the boat. It was brilliant. I nearly had a heart attack when they swam under the boat but to see them dive so close to you (and stick their tale) in the air was amazing. God, I loved it. We then went to visit sea lions. Sea lions suck but we knew this anyway. Puerto Madryn was a beautiful little town. Just for fishing and tourists going whale watching. When were leaving the national park after a long long day, I could not wipe the smile off my face.
The whale watching was one of those moments. I cannot really explain how I felt afterwards but it was one of those moments that you will remember for the rest of your life and tell your grandkids about. Brilliant. An incredible moment when you realise just how memorable a moment is, when in the actual moment. I said moment a lot there.
So, from Puerto Madryn, another 24 hour journey further south to El Calafete. This may sound like hard work but Argentinian buses make long journeys so much less painful. Comfy seats, free food and often movies in english.
The highlight of my trip so far has been Botofogo beach in Rio (just spectacular scenery), Villa Florida beach in Paraguay (spectacular isolated beach where we sat and chat for hours) and now El Calafete glacier.