Chile (or chilly) Hiking

After four days in El Chalten, Argentina we headed south back to El Calafate for one night before proceeding on a van trip further south and west, crossing the border into Chile and on to the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

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The Eco Camp and our home for our first night in Torres del Paine

The weather was decidedly worse here in Chile, a lot more rain and colder. But we saw more wildlife and some stunning views.

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Map showing the areas in Patagonia we visited

3/12 (Mon)

We  did three hikes starting with the iconic Valle Ascencio hike which was probably the hardest. Unfortunately Roberta was not feeling well so did not join us. And Mark and Debra slept it and also missed the hike! We left about 8:00 and were back at the Eco Camp by 5:00.

3/13 (Tue)

Took a van to a boat ride across Lago Pehoe to Refugio Paine Grande (a very impressive “hut”) where we dropped our dry bags and started on the Valle Frances hike. Roberta is feeling better and Mark and Debra managed to wake up in time so we have all our group today.

Back to the hut by about 4:30 – this is where we are spending the night, 6 to a room in three bunk beds. Another rainy day and our rain gear is starting look pretty nasty.

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Rain pants hanging up to dry. Nasty!

3/14 (Wed)

Last day of hiking! A short one to Glacier Grey and, again, rainy and cold but she very impressive views.

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Overlooking Lago Grey and Glacier Grey

We ended the day with a boat ride across Lago Grey to a van that took us back to the Eco Camp and our last night in the park.

 

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