Monday, December 15, 2014

Tres Lagos

Left Tres Lagos and arrived in El Chalten by 10 am. Finally finished with gravel roads, nice new pavement but the wind was fierce again. So now we are in Paque National Los Glaciares Zona 
Note. Before you get in to town you get a fantastic view of Mount Fitz Roy. The top was in the clouds so we waited in the hope that it would clear and 30 minutes later it did. What an impressive mountain range. At the park ranger office we met Alejandro, turns out he is the head ranger and has lived in Montreal for 3 years and driven the same route from Canada to Argentina in the nineties. He has also worked in Yellowstone  and Krüger park in Africa.
Talk about a person who loves his job.
There is free camping at the entrance of the hiking trails, so all the trekkers go past our camper and it is funny to see the surprised look when thy see the B.C. license plate.
 This afternoon we went for a short hike 8 km. up to a mountain lake. I had packed sandwiches but when we got to the lake the wind was so strong and cold that it was impossible to picnic there. The town is teeming with mountain and rock climbers of all nationalities. 
Tomorrow we will go to El Calafate and Torres del Paine and Lake Argentina.
Hugs to all
Norbert and Greti

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Alejandro the Ranger
Hike to the Lake

That is strong wind
Note the new pavement and the Ripo on the left.