|Laguna de Los Tres, El Chalten|
|Arriving in El Chalten, in Argentinian Patagonia|
|The small but fun campground we stayed at, with hot showers, a nice kitchen and non-stop reggae.|
The first day after arriving we had beautiful clear skies in the morning so we took advantage of the good weather and did the hike up to Laguna de Los Tres to see Mount Fitz Roy. This is easily one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done. It's a fairly gentle hike most of the way, through green forests, meadows and by a few beautiful lakes and rivers. As you get closer to Fitz Roy, the trail suddenly becomes very steep and the last hour or two you will be climbing a narrow, rocky path to the top. This path is closed frequently due to strong winds or bad weather, so try to go on a clear day if possible.
|View from the end of the trail, at Laguna De Los Tres|
The next day we did the Laguna Torre trail, which goes through a lovely old growth forest, alongside a wide river and then through a valley of trees that were burnt in a wildfire. The burnt forest is beautiful and haunting, a good reminder of why it's so important to respect the laws about cooking and building campfires in Patagonia. At the end of the trail you come to a large lake with the Cerro Torre in the background and a small muddy glacier. The lake itself is very rugged and pretty, with floating chunks of icebergs. From the lake, you can continue up a trail to the right that takes you to Mirador Laguna Torre ("mirador" means viewpoint). You can only do this trail on days with good weather because of the strong winds. From the viewpoint you can see a lot more of the glacier.
|Hiking through a meadow of burnt trees, left behind after a wildfire|
|Great view of the glacier from Mirador Laguna Torre|