Two contrasting days at Laguna de los Tres
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 255
Temperature : yesterday at Laguna de los Tres = below 0 deg C ;
today at Laguna de los Tres = 10 deg C
Weather : yesterday = snow, wind and rain
today = beautiful blue skies and dazzling sunshine
I have merged two days worth of blogging into one because I am so utterly exhausted that I can barely keep my eyes open.
Yesterday was Christian and Sylvia's last day in El Chalten
The scenery was still amazing. Two lakes at different altitudes…the most beautiful blue colours. There were glaciers and snow and a waterfall cascading down into the bottom lake. We stayed for about 20 minutes or so. It was just too cold to stay any longer.
When we’d been walking for some time we sat down in a wooded area to take a break. A park ranger walked by, and so in my best Spanish I asked how may minutes it would be until we would be back in El Chalten. A bemused smile crossed his face, and he replied, in Spanish, “minutes..no, hours…about two”. Oh gawd..two more hours. I felt I had nothing to lose at this point by asking if there was a horse that we could borrow, but my question seemed to provide even more amusement for the park ranger. No, there was not a horse available, not even a llama! We slowly made our way back, stopping every so often for poor Sylvia who was now hobbling so badly. We eventually made it back to El Chalten, all a little stiff and sore about two and a half hours later.
We treated ourselves to a great, but expensive, dinner in a little Bistro…Fuegia Bistro is the name I think. This was certainly the best food we’d had in Argentina….and from my veggie perspective, the best salad I’d had in months! Definitely worth a visit
All in all, another great day. But, we’d heard on the grapevine that tomorrow’s weather was going to be even better…NO cloud all day. Even the climbers were preparing to set off in their attempts to summit Fitz Roy…this must surely be a good sign. If there were no clouds, then this would be a first since we had arrived in El Chalten. It was also our last day. How could we miss the opportunity to go to Laguna de los Tres if there were no clouds in the sky??! The only thing is….could our weary bodies take any more?!
The following morning we woke to absolutely PERFECT weather. Not a single fluffy cloud in the sky. It was looking good. We said our goodbyes to Sylvia and Christian, and with our day bags filled with food, we set off to Laguna de los Tres once again, taking the route that we’d walked back the previous day.
We reached the Mirador in just under an hour, and boy, were we met with a sight. Reaching to the heavens was Fitz Roy and all the other peaks, clear as day, backed by the most brilliant blue sky, and with the moon setting in the background…..and not a SINGLE cloud anywhere! Incredible scenery.
We continued on to the Poincenot campground where we arrived just before midday. Still there were no clouds, and although our legs were fatigued, and our joints achy we decided there and then that it would be criminal not to climb to the top.
Well, what can I say
We finally turned around and headed back downhill. By the time we arrived back at the hostel we were both even more exhausted. My legs felt like I’d ran a marathon and the soles of my feet were so sore that I could barely stand on them. Neither of us had any blisters, it was just three full on days of pounding….not much really compared to what a lot of people do, but a lot for us!!
We didn’t care about our achy bodies…..we’d seen Fitz Roy, we’d been to Laguna de los Tres, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky…and it was awesome!