Sunday, February 18, 2007

Patagonia - El Chalten - Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy

El Chalten is a mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. So just the right kind of place for me. It's a small village with a few hostels, a supermarket and no ATM's or banks. Spent a couple of nights in a very basic hostel that is still being built.

On Saturday I hiked up from the village, past Camp Poincenot to the base of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. It was absolutely fantastic and the sun was shining all day with clear views of the towers. This is apparently uncommon due to the unpredictable weather in the area, so I felt very lucky. It took about 8 hours there and back, with an hour for lunch admiring the views and taking pictures. The old legs were quite sore when I made it back to the hostel in the evening. Celebrated with a steak and some vino tinto de la casa.

Got the first bus back to El Calafate at 06.30h this morning. Later this afternoon I am going to check out the Perito Moreno Glacier, about 1h west of here.