Funny looking hill.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
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El Chaltén, the gateway to more gorgeous mountain scenery
I have joined up with Celeste and Paul again, and we start with the Cerro Fitz Roy hike. It's a mix of clouds and blue sky, but we get some impressive views of the towers along the way. The last hours scramble up to Laguna de los Tres is the hardest part, but we are rewarded at the top, as the towers are luckily not hidden in clouds. While standing there and admiring the very impressive Cerro Fitz Roy, I find it funny that they have used Cerro to name it, as it translates to hill
The next day is all sunshine, and we set off on the Cerro Torre hike. Unlike yesterday, when it was partly cloudy, we can glimpse the peaks of Cerro Fitz Roy resting below a clear blue sky. However when we reach the first viewpoint of Cerro Torre, it's hidden in clouds. The rest of the sky is blue, including the Cerro Fitz Roy peaks, only Cerro Torre is covered in an annoying mass of condensed water droplets. Well, well. I can partly view Cerro Torre, and then I got some great views of Cerro Fitz Roy yesterday. Cerro Fitz Roy was the main thing for me before coming here, so I guess I have nothing to complain about.
Since I missed out on both Ruta 40 and Carretera Austral, I only have a couple of options to reach the Lake District. Go back down to Puerto Natales in Chile and take a four days boat trip up to Puerto Montt. Surely a spectacular trip among Patagonian fjords, channels, mountains and glaciers. However I decide to skip it. Another option is to fly from El Calafate to Bariloche, but it's pretty expensive so I decide to skip that one as well. Then it's the option of 35 hours or so on a bus from El Calafate to Bariloche. When the slow, but adventurous, Ruta 40 is closed, you have to go south-east down to Río Gallegos by the Atlantic coast. Then head north to Comodoro Rivadavia, also on the Atlantic coast. Before heading north-west to Bariloche. 35 hours on a bus doesn't sound very tempting. Skip it! My last option is to take a cheap flight to Comodoro Rivadavia, and then continue for 14 hours on a bus to Bariloche. Yes, that's it! See you there!