Finally in El Calafate after a 13 hour flight from London to Buenos Aires, a 3 hour layover and a 3 ½ hour flight to El Calafate. Fortunately the Travel-Gods were smiling on me (hope the fishing Gods do the same) and it was uneventful. The only ones wearing hygiene masks were a few Chinese tourists.
However, I have never seen the Buenos Aires airport so empty. Last time I was here 2 years ago it was packed with people pushing and shoving. Today, nearly empty. And when we disembarked from the London flight they had temperature reading machines set up to screen us as we came off the plane. Good thing I tend to run cool. Must be all the time standing in freezing rivers.
Here is what I mean by empty:
My luggage arrived safe and sound, although a little scare at BA airport to collect luggage after exiting customs. My bag arrived on the last belt but I couldn’t find my fishing rod case, although several other travelling anglers got theirs right away. Darn. So I decided to walk over to the other baggage belts (there are 9 of them) just in case my rods got on the wrong belt. And I happened to glance back at my baggage belt and saw my rod case had fallen inside the circular belt and was lying partially hidden on the floor. Whew! And a young nimble baggage attendant retrieved it for me. Safe!
In case you are curious where I am, here is a map of Argentina with Buenos Aires in the middle on the Atlantic Coast, and El Calafate is way down at the tip next to the Chile border. A long way to go for fishing, but it’s worth it, as you will in my coming posts.
Tomorrow I am taking a sightseeing day and going to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Can’t wait as it is one of the wonders of South America. Stay tuned for lots of pics. But tonight, its a nice juicy Argentinian steak and a fabulous red wine from the Mendoza Region of Argentia. Definitely worth traveling for.