Blogs from El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America - page 5


South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén March 29th 2012

We arrived on an amazingly spectacular sunny day, which we found out is a quite rare in El Chalten. Our bus stopped at the information centre as the town is set in a National Park, where we were greeted by friendly park rangers. He informed us of the standard do´s and dont´s being in a protected area such as; no lighting fires, wee away from water as people drink it, refrain from scaring deer ect ... Also we were informed about all the hikes that are available from the town, which vary from 30 minutes to 4/5 hours. It was late afternoon so we checked our bags in to our hostel and then made our way to the top of a mountain/hill above the visitors centre (The 30 minute walk), where you get great panoramic views ... read more
Hayden above El Chalten
Us at Laguna Torre
Cold hands...

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén March 9th 2012

Friday the 9th. Departing El Calafate and onwards to El Chalten aka The Trekking Capital of Argentina. A tiny town with something like 600 residents but many more tourists filling the streets, hostels and restuarants. We found ourselves a cozy campsite down by a big, braided river and headed off to get in on the trekking trend. The trailhead to Lago Capri was close the the campsite and we wound up narrow trail for about 2 hours. The whole time Matt was compulsively looking for a Condor as he had heard that they lived near rock outcroppings and that they existed in Argentina. This wasn´t enough info to convice me so I spent more time looking for catapillers and watching kayakers in the river below. Then we came upon two hikers stopped in the middle of ... read more
El Chalten
River Valley on Hike to Lago Capri
Have a Seat, Lady

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén March 2nd 2012

El Chalten is 3 hours north of El Calafate by bus and is at the entrance to the northern sector of Parque National Los Glaciares. It’s a lovely little town and is full of tourists hiking the surrounding mountain ranges including the Fitz Roy. I got the afternoon bus with Christian and Zoe from England whom I met at the Glacier the day before and were on a three month trip of South America. We arrived in El Chalten around 6pm and had a quick stop in the Park Rangers office to get a talk on the hiking trails that were available. I was staying at a different hostel so we arranged to meet at the La Cerveceria Pub and Restro-a German style bar for some local microbrew beer before heading to a magnificent restaurant in ... read more
Lagunas de los Tres
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South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 19th 2012

Encontro me na motorvan, sao 21.22 da noite mais 13 horas que em portugal no meio do nada com um lago a frente. Isto simboliza muito da nova zelandia. Mas antes deste maravilhoso pais ha ainda mto para contar da minha estadia na america latina nomeadamente na argentina e na nossa ultima cidade, santiago do chile. Hj e dia de el chalten, a patagonia argentina. Na verdade nao creio que haja mto a dizer, as fotos falam por si e mesmo essas nao serao suficientes. Chegamos na quarta feira a noite depois da nossa ultima e mais longa viagem de autocarro... 27h desde bariloche. Chegamos cmg ainda um pouco mal da barriga e por isso na quinta feira foi dia de simplesmente estar, sentir e preparar os outros dias. el chalten e uma vila pequena mas ... read more
El Chalten - Patagonia Argentina
El Chalten - Patagonia Argentina
El Chalten - Patagonia Argentina

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 17th 2012

So where to next???? Short bus ride up the road from El Calafate and we were in the hiking capital of Patagonia.....El Chalten. Framed by 2 huge mountains Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy both over 3000 metres tall, its Argentina's Torres Del Paine equivalent. Mountain climbers flock here and word was, and sighting proved, that famous Austrian climbers were in town, waiting for the winds to drop and the weather to improve in order to attempt the infamous Cerro Fitz Roy, who takes no prisoners- many who try don't make it down...... The thing we were most looking forward to...... Its all free!! Every other park we've been into we've had to pay 100 Pesos per day EACH!!! that's £17!!!! What was really lovely as well was before the bus dropped you off, they took ... read more
Laguna Torres
Cool clouds!
Pretty spot

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 3rd 2012

The 3 hour bus ride from El Calafate to El Chalten was a gorgeous drive. Between glaciers, Lago Argentina, wildlife, and the approaching mountains peaking through the rain clouds, I knew we were heading the right way. I just hoped the clouds would disperse enough for us to see the magnificence of Fitz Roy and other iconic Andean landmarks. Chloe´s bites were becoming an issue and traveling to another hostel, although we were to have a private, was not the best remedy. A fact brought to fruition on arrival to our designated hostel. From the front it looked decent, painted white with a grassy front yard and views of some mountains in a distant valley. The receptionist who checked us in could not have had less of a personality. Around our age, working at a hostel, ... read more
Home Sweet Home
Container view
Log bridge

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén January 12th 2012

Hallo iedereen! Ik ben heel even online om jullie te laten weten dat alles prima verloopt! Patagonië is tot nu toe al ongelooflijk mooi.. Op het moment zitten we in 'El Chalten'. Gisteren zijn we tot 'Cerro Torre' en de laguna ervan gehiked.. Vandaag hiken we tot Fitz Roy! Alhoewel we allemaal al pijn genoeg hebben aan onze voeten, benen, ... Dat zijn de gevolgen van zo lang luieren bij de familie van Ezequiel en in Buenos Aires ;) De nachten zijn ongelooflijk koud (in onze tentjes) en we doen amper een oog dicht maar het is het allemaal waard wanneer ik 's morgens opsta en elke keer opnieuw overwelmd wordt door het ongelooflijke uitzicht!! Ik hoop dat we binnenkort de kans krijgen om foto's te posten.. Als ik links kijk, zie ik mooie groene heuvels. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén January 3rd 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! The day we left Torres del Paine national park, a tourist decided to burn some toilet paper which went horribly wrong.This resulted in the park being evacuated of all 400 trekkers and over 1200 hectares being burnt, a camp site, and two refugios razed to the ground. This has created chaos amongst the travellers. Really sad, and the park still remains closed and may do for many weeks to come. A couple of days were spent in el Calafate catching up on a bit of admin. we also took a day trip out to Perito Mereno Glacier. This glacier is huge - 5 kms wide and 30 kms long. It creeps forward on average 2 metres per day. We saw a few large chunks of ice break from the glacier. ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén December 25th 2011

That, in case you were wondering, was the sound our jaws kept making as they repeatedly hit the ground as we hiked around the - I suppose that would be jaw-droppingly - beautiful mountain scenery around the tiny village of El Chaltén, a few hours north of El Calafate and barely a few miles from the Chilean border, perched right on the edge of the Campo de Hielo Sur or Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This mesmerising scenery occupies the northern sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, and is dominated by two exceptionally beautiful mountains, Cerro Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, around which most of the day hikes in the area are located. Until now Argentina has been wowing us with ever wilder and more stunning views. I will eat my words if we see anything more awe-inspiring ... read more
Cerro Torre, Los Glaciares National Park
Cerro Torre, Los Glaciares National Park
Cerro Torre, Los Glaciares National Park

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén December 20th 2011

El Chalten is a charming village nestled among the mountainous heart of Patagonia. The log cabins, chilled air and icy peaks are more reminiscent of Central Europe rather than that of South America. It’s roughly four hundred miles to the tip of the continent and it feels every bit so. The winds are relentless and the sun hovers in the sky until almost ten at night, but the natural scenery is more alluring than most places on earth; wide rocky valleys bisected by fast moving rivers, steep verdant hills, waterfalls and snow covered peaks. It seems a lesser known version of New Zealand and in fact is the only other sizable piece of land located on the same latitude. We arrived by flight into El Calafate, a small town of about six thousand people. Renting a ... read more
El Chalten
El Chalten Cerveza Artesanal

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