A Sweet Farewell to Patagonia
Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
44Trip End Jun 10, 2011
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From El Calafate we took a bus north to El Chalten, the staging area for Mount Fitz Roy. Unlike Puerto Natales (the staging area for Torres del Paine) and El Calafate (the staging area for Perito Moreno), El Chalten lies within walking distance of the park. Better yet, there is no park
entrance fee. You can leave your hostel in the morning, walk five minutes down the road to get to the trailhead, spend all day hiking an amazingly beautiful trail, and then walk back into town that evening for a shower and a good meal. There are several other mountains outside of El Chalten, making it popular with both hikers and climbers.
Fitz Roy is a large granite spire, similar to the Torres of Torres del Paine
After so much hiking, it was time to head north to the town of Bariloche, a mere 28-hour bus ride away. Bariloche bills itself as part of Patagonia, but it is not nearly as rugged, cold, or windy as its Southern counterpart. It is a Swiss-style town that is known primarily for its chocolate (and for the fact that several prominent Nazis hid out here after the war). Amazingly, not only did the chocolate live up to all the hype, but it was affordable
After relaxing in Bariloche, it was time be active and adventurous again. We headed back across the border to Pucon, Chile, in search of an active volcano to play on.