Day 9 – Tuesday 16th October 2018
By plane – 0
By foot – 15.14kms/ 9.14 miles
By public transport – 0
Steps taken – 17,523
We woke up this morning to an inch of snow, everything was covered in it. Within an hour it was gone and it turned into a nice spring day lovely and warm but still with clouded skies! This then turned into a wetish autumn day which then jumped back into spring….and we had winter somewhere in between several times but summer did not show her face…this happened all day long!
Can you see the mountain in the background teasing us? These mountains surround the town and they are just visible to us now…imagine what it could look like with no clouds!
Today we decided would be our ‘rest’ day. We rose late, well late in our terms anyway, and decided we would explore El Chaltén and spend time packing our gear bags as tomorrow and Thursday look like busy days potentially for us.
We have been debating all day on when to hit Fitz Roy. We are going with Thursday but weather is changing by the minute!
Thursday appears best in terms of weather but for us it is not the best option as our bus out of here leaves Thursday at 6pm. This means an early morning rise, 4am in order to get back in time! The hike supposedly takes 8-10 hours…so do the maths! And remember I like to take a whole lot of photos and actually enjoy the experience for what it is!
‘Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out’.
I did want to do a sunrise hike and what better sunrise hike can you do than to that of Fitz Roy!
So El Chaltén. The whole village finds a gorgeous view due to the beautiful location and that’s even in clouds! We still have not witnessed the mountains which also surround it.
El Chaltén is a contamination free place and it’s inhabitants and authorities are making every effort to keep it that way.
They have a garbage recycling systems, most electric energy wires and telephone lines go ‘underground’ to avoid the visual pollution of the landscapes which I like, lots of country’s should take note of this.
Everyone appears to be trying to preserve their treasure – the fragile balance of the surrounding natural environment.
I have read that some of the best alpine views in the world can be seen here and I can believe that for sure based on what I have witnessed.
It has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable.
And I have not even spoken yet about the coffee, wine and meat…or food in general.
One word could describe them all…..AMAZING. So today/tonight we decided to mingle with the locals and check out a local bar. I chose lasagne tonight. Now this lasagne was made from pulled beef, which melted in your mouth and it also had sliced ham in it and boiled egg?! You may think eeek but omg it was to die for! I need to Google that recipe! Four wines, huge glasses cost £5…for all 4!..although it was happy hour but even if it wasn’t after four glasses it was happy hour for me!!!
This has happened time and time again when sampling food and drinks, spot on! What I also like about here is there are no processed meats, well certainly not in any of the supermarkets we’ve been to. Meat is cut fresh..and bread is baked fresh..I like that!
This town has to be my favourite. It’s so beautiful. It’s got a funky, hippy, chilled out atmosphere, very laid back and scenic.
It still remains a small town although it is growing as you can clearly see many people living out of trailers as they build their own little gem in El Chaltén….I could live here!
Already took note of how they build their houses here, just need to find out about land permission