February 18 Esquel, La Trochita
“La Trochita” is a Spanish word referring to the narrow gauge of the tracks it runs on, only 75 cm.
Perhaps these were state-of-the-art facilities in the 1920s—and the maintenance people are doing a good job of keeping the cars from falling apart—but nowadays even the lowliest Argentinian bus is superior.
We didn’t expect a military band concert, but there it was. They were not too bad, either; better than the Lago Argentino band.
At the end of the ride we had an hour to look at Mapuche handicrafts, and to purchase them if we wished.