From El Calafate our Aerolineas Argentina flight leaves on time but our return flight jips us on the snacks - this time just a ham and cheese sandwich and another of those chewy damn dulce de leche biscuits. If have eaten enough ham and cheese sandwiches to last a lifetime. And the drinks are only a cup, rather than the whole bottle we were given on the way south to Patagonia. The flight gets a bit turbulent as we descend and our landing is a bit hairy, it seems very windy as we get buffeted about. But we get down safely enough.
At the airport we enquire about shuttles form this airport to the International airport for when we fly out of Buenos Aires in October. There is a shuttle service, which you can get either from the domestic airport or from the central city to the International airport, but it's 45 pesos each, and a taxi is around 90 pesos, so much of a muchness.
We also enquire about our paper tickets for our final flight home to NZ as they are dated 20 October, but Aerolineas cancelled that flight and has put us on the same flight the following day. They print a slip of paper for us to present when we check in, to avoid any issues.
With those things sorted we catch a local bus to the bus station. We find somewhere to sit and kill a few hours until our bus arrives. Finally 8.45pm rolls around and our Via Barochile bus pulls in. We check in our bags and take our seats. Once we are on the road dinner comes out - salad, jamon, bread, tostadas and then the hot dish - divine mashed potatoes with three slices of beef. Brilliant, best Argentine bus dinner yet, hands down. Desert is caramel. Again. Well you can't have it all your way I guess. And drinks include mini wine bottles. Ryan downs two bottles. I stick to water and juice as I feel motion sick from having used the toilet downstairs on the bus, which faces sideways whilst the bus is moving forwards. The combination of motions does me no good! Next time I'll have the wines with dinner and use the toilet later!
The movie is watchable and in English. Then it's lights out.
(Go Via Barochile if you can)...