14.12.2006 15 °C
We listened to everyones recomendations to come for El Chalten from Calafate. Unsure of what else to do we got a bus north to the small quiet town to do some form of hiking or in our terms, a stroll!! Once again we arrived in wind and rain. So much for following the sun!
We eventually found a hostel with 2 beds (extremely small room not big enough to swing a cat with a small set of bunk beds! Rob bad luck was on top!) after a couple of hours of searching.
Forgetting that El Chalten did not even have one bank or ATM and the money we had on us was not that much, we needed to find somewhere very cheap to stay. The next morning we got up early, made a picnic and headed off for a long days walk to Lago Los Tres just beyond Fitz Roy.
This must have been the best walk we have done. We past through some amazing terrain and the views were spectacular. After a 3 hour walk with Fitz Roy mountain looking over us and passing by a couple of glaciers, we reached the start of the very steep climb to the top of a mountain to reach the lagoons.
The views at the top was worth every minute, every step, every slip and every skipped heart beat as Rob once again nearly goes flying down the hill (that damn weak left ankle!!!! Whatever! more like two left feet! he he). This was the first time we had any snow during our travels so Rob decided a snow ball in my face would be good. Bad luck as it hit the old lady behind me! Yes the poor woman recieved the blow rather than me. Classic!
First lagoon we reached was half frozen. We had been informed that a couple of days before we arrived the weather had been terrible and freezing cold. Good for us as it made the photograph fab!
After another short climb over the second hill we reached another lagoon. The lagoon was a deep blue colour in contrast to the snow covered mouantins behind. Once again a picture doesn´t quiet give the view you have when your there.
A quick snack of the usual choclate and a few cheese sarnies we headed back down the mouantain and started the 4 hour walk back!
Once we reached the bottom we counted out the pennies and just about had enough for two large pepper cover steaks (Rob in heaven again!).
With no money left we were up extremely early to catch a bus to Puerto Madryn to see some whales - hopefully.
We forgot to mention that on the first night we had bumped into some of the cast of ´Shameless´in a cafe, Fiona Gallagher and Steve, who seemed to be a couple. They had commented on my submarino hot chocolate, but Emily was still unaware of who they were until I told her after they had left!!!