After our trekking and kayak adventures, it was time to leave Puerto Natales and make the five hour bus journey eastwards across the border to El Calafate in Argentina. Whilst there we took the opportunity to visit the Perito Merino Glacier and watch it calving into the Brasso Nord of Lago Argentino- a remarkable sight, but very much a controlled “tourist” experience. For our next outdoor adventures we had to take another three hour journey northeast to El Chalten, the trekking centre for the Fitz Roy Range The first sight of Fitz Roy as you approach across the “esteppa” or semi-desert is unforgettable.
On Day 3 we resolved to walk to Laguna Torre, the viewpoint for the elusive peak of Cerro Torre, which is shrouded in cloud for most of the year. We had seen it at a distance on the day of our arrival. Would we be lucky again?
Buoyed by our success, we booked seats on a minibus to take us north up the valley of the Rio de los Vueltas the next day to Hosteria Pilar. From here we would walk round the base of the Fitz Roy massif and ascend to the mirador at Laguna de los Tres
On our way out we chilled and Mhairi took lots of photographs of wildlife and plants. The next day we'd planned to ascend Loma del Pliegue Tomboda, but the weather seemed wild up high, so we again dawdled and took photos
On our last morning we got up in time for dawn, around 5am and walked up to the first mirador above town for some farewell photos of Fitz Roy
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