Blogs from El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America - page 7


South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 23rd 2011

El Chalten is located at the northern endo of Los Glaciares National Park. It was founded in 1985 due to border problems with Chile. Since then it has become the trekking capital of Argentina because it’s the starting point of trails that leads to views of Fitz Roy (3405 m), Pincenot (3002 m), Cerro Torre (3102 m) and many others. Our guide set our expectation of seeing Mt. Fitz Roy and everything else in Patagonia low because weather is highly unpredictable and most often clouded over or raining. The day started out with iffy weather but slowly blue sky moved in. On the trail to Mt. Fitz Roy we saw condors and heard woodpeckers. We could see most of the peaks except Fitz Roy until we got to the last steep part near Laguna de Los ... read more
Mt. Fitz Roy

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 22nd 2011

After a basic breakfast of day-old sliced baguette, jam/butter, a croissant and coffee, we headed out to Los Glaciares National Park via a less-travelled back road. Along the way we saw many birds of prey which preferred the easy food of road kill than having to work for their kills. We stopped by a road house with a flock of sheep and a chulengo, a baby guanaco. I think they were meant to draw customers into the on-site café, but we were too busy playing and watching the animals. Just to be sure, I had a real calafate berry picked from the side of the road. It wasn’t in season so it tasted kind of sour. We then continued to the National Park where the famous Perito Moreno Glacier is located. My guidebook says it’s one ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 19th 2011

The weather reports from El Chalten have been dire but the luck of the gods was with us, hot sunny weather and Mount Fitzroy was beautiful! Sorry Linz the wifi is awful and keeps cutting out so I can´t download the photos but will do it when possible - honestly!! The mountain looks so clean - lovely pink tinges to the rock and against a beautiful blue sky it certainly is impressive. I walked up to the river at the base of it then went on to the glacier at the base, they seem to be attracting me rather a lot this trip! Talking to people on the walk we all agreed tht it is a mesmerizing mountain, some are impressive but we were all taking lots of ´last´ photos of this mountain at every possible ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 16th 2011

The second day of the group tour saw us travelling to El Calafate and then onto El Chalten for a couple of days. The third day we went on one hell of a long hike. Although, since my new shoes (did I mention that I had shit shoes and needed to buy some new ones) were giving me hell so I didn't get to go all the way to the top. Instead I skipped the part of the hike that saw the group going to the top of the trail to see the best views of Fitz Roy and the lakes nearby. That cut my hike down to "only 6 hours and 30 minutes. But I then wandered around town and bought ANOTHER pair of hiking shoes, got some souvenirs, put some washing in and booked ... read more
Fitz Roy
Baileys on top of the world!
Wow.... so pretty

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 14th 2011

We got our bus to Calafate at 6am on the 9th, an hour late, leaving us waiting at 5am in the cold! The coach trip was a pretty arduous 20 hour journey, punctured by frequent stops at the Argentine and Chilean borders and a short ferry ride from Tierra del Fuego to the mainland. The journey took us through Chile for a few hours, and we were held up at Chilean customs as they were seizing food from most people. Some Swiss girls on our bus had a whole casserole of ingredients seized; we however sneaked some cheese in! We arrived in Rio Gallegos (where we had to change buses) early and had to wait 3 hours for our connecting bus, so we walked in to town. It was nice to see a real Argentinian town ... read more
Lago Argentino
Carina on the boat
Icebergs on Lago Argentino

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 7th 2011

Having heard so much about Argentinean steak we were keen to try one as soon as we had crossed the border into Los Antiguos. We found a nice restaurant and I had a steak which was delicious after the somewhat bland food of Chile, but nothing to write home about in terms of size or quality. Being such a small place, it was a bit difficult to find accommodation so we settled on some dorms. We were fortunate that our bus driver for the next leg of the trip was staying at the same place so we didn’t have to go far to catch the bus the next day. But we were unfortunate to have to share the dorms with a group of noisy Israelis arriving at 2am! With dorms, you expect some noise as people ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 6th 2011

After a pleasant nights sleep we woke early and I heated up some water for our coffee while Anna took care of whatever woman need to take care of in the morning. We had prepared our sandwiches way back in El Calafate, so after a delightful breakfast of dry toasted bread/biscuit stuff and some jam, washed down with three cups of coffee, we set off for our hike. The hike we chose to do is called Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. It is the only day hike in the area that presents the opportunity for fantastic views of the two famous mountains in the area, they are the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Fitz Roy is named after the captain of the HMS Beagle, the ship which Charles Darwin sailed on as he explored the world. The ... read more
Nearing the top
Time to enjoy

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 5th 2011

El Chalten is expensive. There is no other way to put it. If you want a private room, for example, in a hotel, or even in a hostel, expect to pay for it. We couldn’t so we decided to get a shared room in a hostel. As it turned out they were extremely nice and clean. One thing about El Chalten it that it is new, most of the town is still being constructed, so everything has a nice new clean feel to it. So after checking in and getting our food sorted for the next day, we did a short hike to a lake and then came back to the hostel. One great thing about staying in a hostel is the opportunity to meet and chat with other people a strangely double-edged feeling. It is ... read more

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 5th 2011

Buenas! Ich bin zurueck von drei Tagen Trekking am Fitz Roy Massiv im Nationalpark Los Glaciares. Ich hatte mich in el Chalten (so heisst das Dorf im Nationalpark) mit meinem Reisekumpel Daniel verabredet, mit dem ich schon in Bolivien gereist bin. Er war mit noch einem anderen Daniel aus der Schweiz unterwegs. Leider kamen die beiden nicht zu der vereinbarten Uhrzeit an, weil sie eine Panne mit ihrem Bus mitten in der Patagonischen Steppe hatten. So wurde aus der 24 Std Busfahrt satte 40 Std. Zum Glueck ist mir das bis jetzt erspart geblieben. Die beiden sind dann am naechsten Tag doch in el Chalten eingetrudelt und einen Tag spaeter sind wir dann los in den Park. Erster Tag zum Cerro Torre, linker Teil vom Fitz Roy Massiv. 3,5 Std-Wanderung war es glaube ich. Wetter war ... read more
Cerro Torre

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Chaltén February 1st 2011

After a 3hr bus ride we arrived in El Chalten around 9.30pm, the bus dropped us right at our hotel so that we did not have to walk from the bus station with all of our bags - how's that for service? We headed out to a local restaurant for a late dinner where I had the most fantastic lentils and chorizo stew, just the hearty meal I needed given that we had a 9.5hr hike planned for the following day. David, our local guide, met us at our hotel just after 9am and we took a 40min bus ride to where we were going to begin our hike to Laguna De Los Tres. We had group consensus the previous evening to take an alternative route to the original hike which would not be as strenuous ... read more
No dogs or CATS allowed
Laguna De los Tres hike
Laguna De los Tres hike

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