We are currently in Botucatu, Brazil, where we are staying with our friend Miranda and her lovely family. We have had a bit of time to catch up on things, including sorting out video footage from our treks across Patagonia.
The above panorama was filmed by Saskia on our last day in El Chalten. Once again we were spoilt with great weather. This is one of our favourite spots so far, highly recommended!
Mount Fitz Roy is one of the draw cards for those interested in hiking in Patagonia. The mountain range is connected to the Southern Patagonian Icefield, the third largest mass of ice in the world (after Antarctica and Greenland). There are plenty of well worn paths to trek in Los Glaciares National Park, which is accessed from the super cute town of El Chalten.
We spent three days here, and did two full day treks: the first was up to Lago de los Tres, with a fantastic view of Cerro Fitz Roy, and the second was a panoramic view of the whole mountain range, on the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trek. Both treks were longer and much steeper than we anticipated, but the view was definitely worth it!
Lago del los Tres trek
Amazing views along the trek
Mount Fitz Roy
Lago de los Tres
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trek
Check out that view!
Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trek
We are falling behind on our blogging! Apologies. We have just arrived in El Chalten, Argentina. It is a nice little village tightly nestled between large, rocky bluffs. We can clearly see Cerro (Mount) Fitz Roy from the comfort of our hostel couch. Brilliant.
Will be here for four nights before heading back to El Calafate, where we just stayed for two nights. Will be exploring the local national park here, running around mountains etc. Weather is meant to be good for the next few days so excited.
Adventures are coming think and fast. Promise will put more postings up soon (if the wifi can handle it!).
Peace and love,
Two tired condors.
Getting excited about our trip! South America is so big, a real challenge to plan for. We decided to break it down into months, starting with Patagonia in February.
After a few days in and around Santiago we will be heading south via the famous Navimag ferry. This looks like a fantastic option to see the Andean fjords, so much cheaper than equivalents around New Zealand's Fiordland. It will take about four days to travel from Puerto Montt to Peurto Natales. Will pack plenty of pisco as we heard the bar is expensive.
First trek on the itinerary is Torres del Paine. We are taking on the W track, West to East, over four days. Apparently food is for sale in the shelters along the track so hoping to travel fairly light. We found that camping was the cheaper option, hiring a tent when we get there.
From there it's on to Perito Moreno Glacier (two nights incl glacier walk) before tackling the Fitz Roy range (three nights). Thinking of then heading North along Ruta 40 to El Bolson. Exciting stuff!
Will be sure to post plenty if pics, let us know if you have any tips!
Mark and Sas.