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  • one of her favorite experiences in Patagonia was riding the old Patagonian

  • Express this is one of the best-known train journeys in the world made even

  • more famous by Paul Theroux 1979 account to where he sought to ride

  • trains from his hometown in Massachusetts as far south as Argentina

  • today the old Patagonian Express may only be a fraction of what it once was

  • but it's an exciting journey nevertheless and we knew we had to ride

  • it this tourist steam train may cover only a short distance but it's a fun way

  • to experience the nostalgia of early 20th century train travel and it also

  • allows you to soak in the magical landscapes of the Patagonian stack now

  • let's hop aboard and begin this journey well good morning good morning morning

  • guys today we ride the old Patagonian Express all through fame how pumped are

  • you super pumped and before we even gored the Train we've had a chance to

  • kind of see how it's been getting prepared for today's journey can't wait

  • to get on yeah actually just experience what it's like to ride on this classical

  • train they actually recommend that you arrive 30 minutes beforehand to kind of

  • like watch the process which is really cool and they also have a little museum

  • off to the side which I think we'll visit when we get back from the trip but

  • yeah a crowd has started to gather on the platform and we're all excited to

  • ride this train lateral cheaper here there you go okay so we have a few

  • moments before we have to board so this is a good time to talk about the price

  • to ride the old Patagonian Express so we paid 32 US dollars per person it's going

  • to be a one-hour journey going there then I believe we get about 45 minutes

  • at the next stop to visit a museum enjoy the scenery and then it's another

  • one-hour journey coming back and you need to arrive here 30 minutes before

  • departure 9:30 a.m. hello peppers this is my new friend

  • don't run away friend right there he's a friendly one yes so that's how much it

  • costs the train station is just three blocks north from the bus terminal in Esquel it's

  • very easy to get here on foot if you're staying in the center of town there's

  • also some people who are doing tours I guess coming from some neighboring

  • cities maybe even um so they arrived by coach well yeah

  • it's gonna be cool and no to the platform everyone's gathered over there

  • must be tolling maybe because we were the first ones to meet yes we're gonna

  • be your friends today aren't we do you want to be a YouTube star puppers no no

  • no he prefers to live a quiet life here in a skin that's okay

  • we understand that poppers

  • you know what's so cool I know that place where people are sitting yeah I

  • actually firewood I just fired very nice yeah all the board word looks like

  • stocked this is the thing to do right yeah exactly yeah

  • to give you a bit more information in Spanish the steam train is known as

  • lateral cheetah this translates to little gage and it's a nickname that

  • refers to the trains super narrow gage of only 75 centimetres this railway line

  • was originally planned as part of a larger network that would connect all of

  • Patagonia however the project was never completed due to government changes and

  • then the start of the first world war which also affected the Argentine

  • economy today the old Patagonian Express operates an alternating locomotives one

  • is a Baldwin from the US and the other a Henschel from Germany the wooden wagons

  • came from Belgium and the heaters well those were later installed in Argentina

  • to make the journeys across Patagonian winter a little bit more bearable

  • we made it to the station this is our stuff now in fun junkyard of a 45

  • minutes fun so we are currently gathering our little snacks for lunch I

  • picked up a fried cake daughter frita to alfajores Salmons in line buying shoddy

  • pan sausage in a bun and then we've got ourselves a lunch

  • this is gonna be tasty

  • I've uh let's go

  • god

  • lunchtime guys and we got fresh for off of the asado the grill and round and

  • chimichurri well worth the wait in my opinion so it's a chorizo sausage you

  • know you know in a bond and a bond it's the best way of describing we also got

  • over here if you look down here this is like a frito something baked not sure if

  • there's anything inside or not and two special kinds of alfajores this one is

  • dulce de leche okay raisins with rum and this is a very special one because it is

  • it's basically well style it's the watch cake we've been having in all these

  • Welsh towns I'm not amazing let's cook the

  • perfection that I got to watch it being prepared the whole time master it just

  • has a lot of these on the grill there's a lot of people waiting in line um

  • anyone lucky enough to get one of these before our train leaves is gonna have a

  • delicious life yeah our little friend here realized we're eating Trudi fun and

  • he's like oh yeah I'm down for that are you down for that Oh Sam's not

  • really down for that he's like I want to eat mine oh sure don't worry Pappas I'll

  • share with you taste yeah we should probably from some of the trade no next

  • up dr. Freda I'm gonna break it in half so we don't know if there's a filling oh

  • no it's just fried dough

  • that's a bit disappointing okay not amazing connotates like a donut

  • with no sugar and no filling like a savory donut I can see why people are

  • buying this with coffee okay it's like you need something - yeah so it's a

  • cheap little snack bar not me nothing not as good to join obviously already

  • taking a bite of this delicious Alfa whore mmm special edition one with

  • raisins and rum it still has the dulce de leche in the middle it has a

  • chocolate coating good and it's a winter edition hmm

  • perfect yeah room to keep you warm during those cold winter long make sense

  • so good that cookie is so like sometimes the worst part of the alfajores the

  • cookie but the cookie is delicious it's a lot of good stuff marvelous you know

  • what as good as these are I'm just absolutely craving another chori pan I

  • think there's a huge line I don't see myself being able to get crap get

  • another one it's funny that is that it's the grill masters dog so he actually he

  • had to come get some water quickly and he saw his dog was trying to bum some

  • from us he shooed it away so good though everything's been delicious there's also

  • a museum we should probably visit before we get back on the night yeah we luckily

  • did have enough time to visit the Museum of Patagonian culture it's a small

  • museum with two rooms but inside you can find lots of ceramics musical

  • instruments and textiles plus if you speak Spanish you can also get a digital

  • information from the museum guide just maybe don't leave it till the last

  • minute like we did the train is just about ready they're putting the

  • locomotive up front because the carriages don't change positions that

  • means if you travel on the right-hand side of the chain you're going back on

  • the right-hand side of the train so they told us to be good about sharing the

  • windows so everyone can enjoy the views time to head back and I'll just gonna

  • give us the tour here while I bump my head through seems like

  • knocking his head he's too tall for the world yeah this is not her carriage no

  • this one is fancier it has leather seats yes we've been traveling like on hard

  • wooden benches yeah I didn't even know they had different classes maybe they

  • don't maybe you just get a nice seat oh my gosh is that an old-fashioned stove

  • yeah so each compartment no no thanks I'm not yet but yeah that's how they

  • would have heated this train so cool so incredible inside of these things it's

  • been a really fun journey I have to say yeah incredibly scenic and we should

  • probably show you you know that one is still fancy this way this way it's not

  • so fancy

  • this is what we were traveling in there you have it little benches it's not bad

  • for one hour ride and yet you've got little here yeah for months this is what

  • I was sitting on for a while to get some of the interviews have these house in

  • Argentina I check out you can see the numbers on the seats those are the

  • numbers it's a sign 17 which is cool otherwise people would be fighting to

  • sit side of the train which is the most scenic kind of leaving town

  • you haven't use of the valley indeed honestly I don't think you can really go

  • wrong Yeah right left right left it's pretty cool

  • all abou his board the train and this time we're at the very back no I was

  • just so much fun I'm so happy to get that a lunch I was

  • eating this this particular I was oh this is a we pastor totally mister

  • compartment here we go

  • buddy Marika again mrs. Luthor may be done better

  • just simple children although service

  • Pierre Bouguer a baby who knows this he mentioned you

  • maybe it took a you support for the Seco 607 case buddy buddy buddy Burgess

  • can you book a baby who know does this even send your computer baby kit you can

  • use of people

  • buddy buddy but ricotta is funny buddy buddy

  • but yes

  • we're back we're back that was a lot of fun I really enjoyed it yeah what did

  • your knee I mean so scenic and so fascinating to ride such a vintage train in Esquel

  • like that and you know what we had perfect weather for the whole journey

  • yeah now we're back in it's starting to look gray and overcast but yeah it was

  • perfect the whole time we were out there we ate really well yeah the Sun peeked

  • out and I was behind the cloud perience I asked for more information at the

  • train station mm-hmm because this used to be a route that ran for 402

  • kilometers right and there's a few different points where you can still

  • travel like little little sections like over to the next station one places in

  • my den yeah and the other one is in El Maiten

  • Esquel so they still run the Train it's there as well yes less frequently

  • like this is the most popular spot out of SK yeah they said that during low

  • season are actually like the whole year it departs on Saturdays at 10:00 in the

  • morning yeah but then when it's high tourist

  • season there's like more frequency if you're on the fence about doing it

  • definitely do it it's so much old patagonian express in chubut yeah and the cool

  • thing is you you finish by like one or two so yeah it doesn't take up your

  • whole day it's a half the activity so uh yeah it was awesome we'll see you guys

  • in the next episode from chubut see you ciao

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