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Mar 14, 2007 - El Chalten - 'The trekking capital of Argentina'
Four hours north of El Calafate is this fast growing dirt road village. It is the jumping off point for Los Glaciaes National Park the other must see park in southern Patagonia. We were told that the last three days have been high winds and rain so we were a little nervous. The next morning, thankfully, blue skys greeted us and we caught up with Katja, our treking friend from Germany and headed off on a six hour hike to view the Cerro Torre and the Glacier Grande. The next day same weather and off to Cerro Fitz Roy, eight hours of hiking....Jump to full entry
Dec 27, 2006 - christmas in the mountains
Dear all, my blog is not co operating with the Argentinian computer i am on but i wanted to show you where i have been over the past few weeks. I have spent 5 days trekking through the Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia Chile. we hiked through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery through snow, rain, sunshine and most of all lots of wind! I am proud to say i was in the fast group all the way so i think that makes me officially fit for probably the first time in my life long may it continue. We camped in Refugio's and it was...Jump to full entry
Nov 25, 2006 - This really is the back of beyond!
El Calafate is a town that has made its fortune from the fact that it is the nearest town to the huge and spectacular Perito Moreno glacier. There really is nothing else for miles, so the people here must be hoping more than most that global warming doesn't do for their glacier in the near future! We had a day trip out to the glacier which apart from being huge has the major advanatage that it is very easily accesible. It isn't nearly as slow moving though as Glacier Grey which we visited in Torres Del Paine, and so although there is a boat...Jump to full entry
Jan 23, 2006 - Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
El Chalten has a real "wild west" feel about it, with its dusty streets and a few ramshackle buildings. The town was only established about 25 years ago to stop the Chileans encroaching over the border, but it is becoming increasingly popular with tourists as a gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. We set off for another three days trekking and camping in the Fitzroy range, with its sharp granite towers, glacial lakes and clear streams of potable water. This was one of our favourite parks in Argentina, with some stunning scenery just a...Jump to full entry
Sep 5, 2005 - El Chalten
Hello Everyone Well we are back in the ever so exciting one horse town of Rio Gallegos. (The one a couple of days ago we had the pleasure of trying to kill 4 hours). Well we are back in Rio Gallegos and again we have another 4 or so hours to kill before starting a journey of 17 hours up north to go whales spotting. The whales, much like our Cape Town whales, come into the shallow waters during Spring and as the southern hemphishere Spring has literally just arrived we are hoping to see the whales, penguins and maybe some killer whales. Well...Jump to full entry
Apr 19, 2005 - Stuck in the middle of nowhere...
Hi all Well one thing about Patagonia is very true --- when the weather is good the walking and scenery is awesome. When the weather is bad... you are stuck in the middle of nowhere and it is miserable. We left El Calafate in Argentina after one and half days for El Chalten, the base for beautiful day and overnight walks around Cerro Torre and Monte Fitz Roy. El Calafate is heaven if you are old, wealthy and a foreign tourist with a hankering to look like a genuine fake gaucho (cowboy). We couldn't wait to get out of there, so we went to El...Jump to full entry
Feb 27, 2005 - El Chalten - Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
27.02 Another early start this morning for the scenic but very bumpy bus ride to El Chaten - a small town at the base of Fitzroy National Park. Upon arrival we immediately hired a tent and cooking supplies and set off for our first camping/trekking adventure with backpacks. The initial climb was quite steep and tough with our full packs of gear and food. Damien can pin point exactly where the thought ¨what have we got ourselves into?¨, crossed his mind. We had lunch at a great spot with a look-out of Cerro Torre and found the campsite...Jump to full entry
Dec 14, 2004 - El Calafate...El Chaltèn...what`s the difference?
Actually, the difference is about 200km or so worth of dirt roads across the arid plains in the Andes rain shadow. We left the delightful little town of Puerto Natales, which is the gateway city to Torres del Paine, and bussed up to El Calafate where we took a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glaciar. Though by no means one of the largest, Moreno earns its fame because of its easy access from a penninsula fronting the ice and from the fact that its only one of two glaciers here that is still advancing, which leads to quite a show. At its...Jump to full entry
Dec 9, 2004 - Argentina - El Chalten
After an incredibly windy bus journey (at points we were amazed the bus driver could see anything as the sand was blowing so much)we arrived in an extremely windy town. Nick went out to find a hostel. Found one with a double bed and dumped our stuff. Found a great Panaderia (bakery) where we stuffed ourselves with cakes ! The next day we set out on a twelve hour trip up to the glacier at Cerro Torre (mountain). It took two hours of fast hiking to get to the base camp where we were fitted with crampons and harness. It then took another two...Jump to full entry