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... and a talk through of the best trails. Looks like tomorrow is the last decent day until at least next week.
At the hostel I caught up with Rach and we headed almost immediately back to the bus station to book my ticket out of here and onto Bariloche for Wednesday. It leaves just before 11pm and takes around 22 hours. That'll be a long day! The bus only runs every other day, but at least it runs direct; the info Rach had ...
I arrived by bus yesterday to El Chalten, a small village by the border of Argentina and chile. It's a 3 hour drive from El Calafate and costs 550 pesos for a return trip with Chalten Travel. I hadn't booked any accommodation but went with people from the bus to Patagonia Travellers Hostel and got a bed in a 4 person dorm room for 120 pesos per night. I ditched my bag, grabbed some lunch from the rather pricey supermarket- nothing grows down here so all the food gets flown/driven ...
We got up early for brekky, but messed around for over an hour trying to coordinate a lot of people for the big hike we had ahead of us. The hike we were doing was the one called laguna de los tres which took us to the base of the fitzroy mountain range. It is apparently the nicest hike in the area, and one of the hardest of the 1 day hikes. We picked up some brekky and some lunch, and the delay meant I had some time to rent some old man walking poles. We got to ...
... snow hiking gear. (pictures below)
Walking back I saw a female and male woodpecker ( i got some pics especially for you dad)
The fauna here is beautiful but strange, they have flamingos and swans , flamingos especially I couldnt believe because its so cold. They have mountain pumas ( i havent run into one yet thankfully) and of course llamas and ostriches.
Back to Buenos aires today then to peru next!
Will check in again soon xox
... lunch. Then on down the mountain, following the winding path of the Rio de las Vueltas back to El Charlton. We had a short with stop to dip our dusty feet in the lake. We also spotted a condors nest high up in the rock face of standing stones, with a spectacular look out over the valley. Walking back into El Chalten in dirty and dusty gear with wind tangled hair, it felt like a return from the wilderness, even though we’d only ...