Since my last blogpost some days have passed by... I was really busy with exploring and traveling, internet connections have been a mess...
But let's start at the beginning: after arriving at El Calafate pretty late in the evening, my team mate and I wanted to see some glaciers on the next day. But the tours were already fully booked and we didn't feel like doing something very touristic. Lucky us we found a bus which brought us to the Perito Moreno glacier in the afternoon where we can stroll around for some hours. The views on the glacier are stunning! There are so many crevasses and seracs. Although forbidden, we use the railings of the footwalk to sit and stand on which was great fun.
In the evening we would like to book our further trip to El Chaltén but we are too late, the office has already closed (if traveling by bus it takes at lot of time to organize your trip). We hope that we can buy a bus ticket the next morning and order a (big!) taxi for the next morning.
Until then I was really surprised about the argentinan punctuality but then there was no taxi at 0720 am. Nor at 0725 am. So we decide to walk which would be exhausting but we could make it. Shortly after we meet our taxi. The driver doesn't apologize and after having put one suitcase in the trunk, he tells us that he wouldn't put anything on the roof. So we put our stuff in the taxi ourselves... He just doesn't accept my skibag so Fred decides to walk with it and I can ride – thank you! At the station I make him unpack the whole taxi and don't give him any tip (he cheated me on the price anyway).
Afterwards the day turns better. We buy our tickets to El Chaltén and I enjoy the trip. The weather is a perfect bluebird. We ride through an vast steppe and I can spot hundreds of guanacos. I'm so impressed by seeing the big mountains behind this great expanse, which is very different to what I know because there are no hills in between. I was told many stories about mountaineers traveling to El Chaltén for several times and never being able to see the mountains... We are so lucky!
Before arriving at El Chaltén we have to stop at the National Park Centre. The informations that you shouldn't litter and stay on the trails are not new to us.
Because we haven't ordered a room yet we have a look at my guide which recommends the Hostel Patagonia. After a short phone call we have a room. Once again lucky us: it's the first day of their season...
The hostel turns out to be a perfect place: nice, clean, helpful staff and not expensive at all!
Already on the first walk through the village I spot some condors circling over our heads, fantastic!