we had cabin 4--the only 2 storeyed secluded cabin---kitchen, dining, bath downstairs and spacious bedroom with balcony overlooking the lago upstairs... loads of space
they held our bags when we went to chalten taking the 8am bus and returned the next day by the 6 pm, arriving at the hotel after 9.30pm. we had of course informed them of our timings and they settled the bill at one go when we left after our 2nd stay
we get picked up around 7.40 as the last stop for all tours and get dropped off 1st--- guys in centro hotels have to sit around in the bus from 7am
floor was cold downstairs-- no small rugs/footmats
breakfast was bad---juice from concentrate, 4 small slices of bread, our cheese was forgotten on 2 days--milk was forgotten on one day and left out with the radiator blasting on another...
we told them we are vegetarians and asked for fresh fruit instead of ham... it was forgotten one day and on 2 days there was rotten fruit
they quoted awful exchange for USD in their emails when they offered to book tours--so on the day we arrived, we took care of our airport transfer and walked to the centro and booked tours on our own... proved great as we got 8USD exchange for our todo glaciares tour and chalten bus trip
we wanted to confirm there were buses from centro to go to perito moreno glacier and do the 1 hour boating and the board walk at our pace... they said buses from centro are not reliable and suggested for 290pesos, they will arrange a tour that included a ranch trip and the glacier. the return trip for the bus would cost 200pesos in comparison but of course the ranch tour included pickup from hotel. the ranch trip took us to the glacier only by 11.45 and asked us to be at the pickup point by 2 for the boating or 3 if we wanted to just go back... we could hardly see even half the yellow trail by 2, so we decided to just go on the board walk... by 3, we only completed the yellow and a little bit of the red and managed to wangle a return ticket on the caltur bus back at 7pm for 100peso pp... so we stayed back without hurrying back at 3 per the tour plan... we had a glorious day with great weather and the tour would have dumped us back in hotel before 4... wasting the better part of the evening... we missed the 1 hr boat trip also bec the last ride was at 2... felt the hotel guy had purposely misled us though we had clearly told him our priority was to spend as much time as possible at our own pace on the glacier park... we did manage to do the forest trail and the whole coastal trail when we got the ride back with caltur---
they refused exchange when we did not buy any tour with them but money appeared when we booked---it was at 7.50 in Dec 1st week--other places gave us 8, our bariloche hotel gave 81/2 right after our calafate stay
we spent 40/45 pesos for cab to centro as the walk back throws dust in the face as we come nearer the hotel... the stray dogs are not a welcome feature on the dusty roads
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