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El Chalten

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Hi everybody!

After leaving the Caraterra, we crossed over to Argentina again through Chile Chico. There, we hitchhiked to Los Antigos. From there, in the next morning we took a proper bus to a town in southern Argentina called El Chalten. We rode for over 12 hours durnig daytime, which made the ride that more tiring and long, because we just didn't fall asleep.
We arrived at midnight the same day (just in time to sing Happy Birthday to one of the Israelis on the bus). When we arrived it was so windy, cold and dark, we had no idea which way to turn, so we looked around for a while, and decided to camp under a bridge.
The night was freezing, and we woke up warly in the morning to find a proper hostel. There we learned a little bit more about the town, in the middle of the Argentinian desert (who knew they had one?!), that they call "The national trekking capitol". Near Chalten, there is a mountain called the Fitz Roy. It is 3.5 km high, covered in snow and also a glacier. You are able to trek up the mountain, camp at night near the top and in the morning, wake up just at sunrise and watch the sun rays reflect in beautiful colours on the ice. We didn't do all that. When we arrived, we wanted to rest and climb the Fitz Roy the next day. So the same night we ate at a nearby restaurant a perfect steak, and went to sleep. In the morning, it started to rain and the visibility was awful. We waited until afternoon for it to clear a bit, but it didn't. In the end we gave up the mountain, and decided we want to continue on south, to El Calafate.

To be continue in El Calafate!

Posted by Son_of_Axe 29.01.2011 14:39 Archived in Argentina

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