Fitz Roy!

Trip Start Jan 16, 2011
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Trip End Jan 15, 2012


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 19-22:

Day19:
I took the morning bus from El Calafate to El Chalten at 8am. It's just a 3 hours ride to the trekking capital of the world. El Chalten is a weird place - founded 25 years ago for trekkers it consists mainly of hostels and restaurants and very unstable internet connection (if at all). Wifi is not working. But the best part of it is it's view: right on to Fitz Roy!
Just when we got off the bus Fitz Roy was right in front of us - cloudless!

Since the weather was superb and the National Park rancher explained that it's gonna be cloudy and windy tomorrow - a talk which every vistor has to attend upon entering El Chalten - I checked in and walked out within minutes: Off to Laguna Torre, a 4 hour treck (one way) to get a good view of Cerro Torro. The hike was nice, just 350 meter levels and the view spectacular! Met my Dutch friend Marloes from Ushuaia again!

Day 20: Weather was as predicted: cloudy and windy. Had a sleeping day. All day.

Day 21:
The sun is out again and most of the clouds gone: ready for the Fitz Roy treck to Los Tres Lagunas, a 4 hour treck to this glacier with a steep trail for the last 500 meters. The landscape is so stunning, it's hard to describe. Unfortunately there was still a huge cloud hanging on the right side of Fitz Roy which just did not want to let go. On the way up I met the first Austrians on my trip - a group of seniors from Upper Austria and Vienna. I sat at the end of the trail for about 3 hours, just glancing at this masterpiece of nature in front of me. A couple of peaks are named after French explorers, a tour guide on top explained that Le Petit Prince got some inspiration from here as well. From the end of the treck you can see 3 lagoons - that's how the spot got its name. The water is crystal clear, one emerald green, two dark blue.

Slowly made my way down - about 3 hours. Some rest in between along Laguna Capri - a scenic spot with views on the glacier. The clouds are coming again. Went down to the butcher and got myself a real nice Argentinian steak, 7 cm thick - prepared by me, inspired by my Spanish bunk-bed guy.

Day 22:
Bus ride from El Chalten back to El Calafate - and no clouds at all around Fitz Roy! Onward bus to Puerto Natales, Chile at 4pm. Another short bus ride of just 5 hours: Torres del Paine, here I come!

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