So next morning we finally said our good-bye to our new friends Anja and Michael. They wanted to get to Ushuaia in 2-3 days because they have to be back in Valparaiso, Chile by end of February to ship their bikes back to Germany, while we still have a bit more time. We were heading towards El Chalten and the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares with the famous Mt. Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre. This town is fairly new (1985) and the gateway to the northern part of the Park. It is packed with backpackers and other tourists young and old. There are lots of Hostels and Hotels, which all have outrageous prices. While looking for a place to stay we bumped into a young couple who we first met in Chachapoyas, Peru. They told us about a campground “El Relincho”, where we then ended up. It was almost like a big tent town and tons of people coming and going, but cheap and enough for us.
We were ready for some hiking again! After all, there were famous mountains to be seen! So, next day we hiked to the Laguna Torre (18 km round trip), which is a lake at the foot of the Cerro Torre. Unfortunately the peak of the Cerro was hiding behind clouds, but the hike was beautiful. By the end of this hike I had definitely reached my limits though. So when Heinz wanted to do another hike of 20km round trip the next day, I “politely declined” and only went the first 4kms with him and then turned around. Heinz hiked to the Laguna Los Tres and Laguna Sucia in front of Fitz Roy (3405 metres).
I needed to do some chores! Pick up laundry, go shopping and have dinner ready and …of course socialize with the backpackers in the common kitchen,lol!
In the evening Heinz came back exhausted but with beautiful pictures of Mt. Fitz Roy and more.
After 3 nights we were ready to move on…into the next tourist town of El Calafate, which is close to the famous Glacier Perito Moreno. It is high season after all and not just international but also local folks are vacationing.
We arrived here yesterday after only 2-3 hours of riding through windy grasslands. Today we went on a day trip to the big Glacier, which is about 80km away and at the South end of the Parque National Los Glaciares. It truly is a stunning sight with this Glacier measuring 30km long, 5km wide and 60m high. It cracks frequently and every once in a while small or bigger pieces break off or “calve” as they call it. We spent a couple of hours there today before returning back to our campground for one more night.
We will decide tomorrow whether we make another stop at the Torres del Paine Park or if we visit that one on the way back from Ushuaia.
We still have difficulties getting good internet connections around here and will try to keep the blog up to date.