Stuck in Río Gallegos

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February 24th 2010
Published: February 24th 2010
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Sometimes buses are late in South America.
In fact, most of the time they arrive at the desired destination with a delay between 1 and 3 hours. ;o)

My delay of 3 hours was too much - too much to reach the connection from Patagonia down to Tierra del Fuego. Unfortunately, there are only two bus companies that offer a service down to Ushuaia and one of them is booked out permanently.

So I was stuck in a city called Río Gallegos for a day, as the next bus would only leave at 8am the next morning. And I have to be thankful that I got a bus ticket to Ushuaia for the next day - as also the second bus company is usually fully booked. 😉

Río Gallegos was by far the dodgiest town I have seen in Argentina so far (I hope I am not offending my Argentinian friends by saying this; but it is the truth, the truth and nothing but the truth 😉. It is shabby and run down. The only building that was new and had a nice apperance was the casino. 😉

Furthermore, Río Gallegos does not have any hostels. Thus, I spent the most expensive night so far in the most unappealing spot I have seen on my travel so far (with the exception of Ciudad del Este, of course 😉.


I found a lovely little museum that informs about the history of the city and the first settlers that came to Patagonia. So even the most unappealing spots reveal unexpected attraction! ;o)

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