Fitz Roy

Trip Start Feb 13, 2010
Trip End Apr 12, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

El Chalten is (now) a two road town located north of El Calafate.  I think the only way you can get there is from El Calafate and you can only go back.  There is a very tiny grocery store in town along with about 5 or 6 Adventure Tourism companies.  This town is so far from everything that there was no WiFi (I know, right?!). 

So, we went for hikes! Which is great because they're free and Patagonia is turning out to be really expensive!  The first hike we took was to a waterfall an hour away from the hostel.  There were little paths located around the waterfall so we walked around for a little while.  There was an Italian couple who were also there at the time searching for a lost camera.  We eventually headed back to town and I saw the couple at the Supermercado later, who told me they found the camera.  Yes, this is probably the most exciting thing that happened in El Chalten!

The next day we decided to do the hike to the Fitz Roy.  There is three main points to the Fitz Roy hike.  The first is the Mirador which is about an hour uphill.  The second is Campamento Poincenot, which is an easy hour to get to but it had been snowing so the ground was slippery.  And then the third hour will get you to the base camp of the Fitz Roy.  We made it to the second lookout point called Poincenot and decided to turn back.  It's funny that we did the Torres del Paine which was a five day hike with about 7 to 9 hours everyday, and we both got tired after a couple hours at Fitz Roy, but I think the exhaustion caught up with us and we both felt satisfied that we had seen FItz Roy, so we turned back.  I originally had planned to do another hike the day after, but we both decided to cut it short and head back to El Calafate... where they have WiFi and free breakfast:)
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mauramoran on

More spectacular photos of the country :) I like the shadow shot - very creative! Glad you're meeting good people along the way and that you've had your dad to travel with too. Keep blogging!

Gareth on

I think you should try and get yourself thrown in jail. How awesome??? Try and find some dynamite.

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