After the hike and the bed bug saga of El Chalten I was ready to move on. We decided not only to move hostels, but to move town…
A three and a half hour bus ride south from El Chalten is a town called El Calafate, about 5 times the size of El Chalten and home to Perito Moreno Glacier. As it turns out, every tourist within a 500km radius had also decided to head to El Calafate, so it was Goodbye sacred quiet of the Patagonian mountains.
The hostel we checked into was brilliant. I used to have a preference for checking into the smaller hostels rather than the bigger ones. Friendlier, cosier, and putting money into the small local businesses. Until we found everything we owned was infested with bedbugs from one such hostel. So it was time to go for the biggest chain hostel we could find.
Che Lagarto in El Calafate was just that place. It was beautiful, like actually beautiful. Lobby area, a bar, Wi-Fi accessible everywhere, new bunk beds, shiny bathrooms, and staff with matching T-shirts. Hello new home.