04.02.2010 - 10.02.2010
Well, we´ve been away 2 months today........ feels like its going really quickly. We haven´t blogged for a while as we´ve went hiking for 5 days in the national park Torres del paine in Chile. We did the classic ´W´ route which takes you up 3 different valleys to different view points of the park. The night before we made a huge amount of pasta and other foods to take with us on our hike as we didn´t take any cooking stuff with us. On the first day we decided to walk to the torres from the park entrance rather than take the bus as it would save some money but luckily about 5 minutes in some kind Chileans stopped and let us sit in the back of their truck. We went over some pretty dodgy bridges... over a few we all had to get out and walk cos the bridge was too rickety but we got there in one piece. The first day we walked about 5 hours to one of the free camp grounds. We set up camp did a bit of exploring then tucked in to our bag full of pasta.... we took a beer with us too for the first night which was a good move! Our first night there it was very very very cold... at one point in the night i touched my feet and they were like ice cubes. we made it through the night and started our 10 hour hike to our next free camp site.
The view for most of the second day was a bit boring, lots of scrubland- until the last few hours when we could see ´the horns´, three big mountain peaks that have a black tip, and a light brown bottom, so they were cool to look at.
We set up camp again tucked in to our second bag of pasta, put three layers of socks on, gloves and hats and had a slightly warmer night.
The third day was by far my favourite, we hiked up the french valley where you´re surrounded by snowy mountains and glaciers. In the night i thought i heard thunder but infact we found out it was the glaciers moving and cracking. The walk through the valley was quite steep and rubbly, but it wasnt too bad cause we had left our packs at the tent. After carrying our heavy pack for so long it was strange getting your balance without them.
The last two days we stayed at the same camp site and went out for hikes in the day. We hiked about 10 hours to a view point at Glacier Grey and back which was nice, except it was a bit hard for James who had gotten ill the night before, and did the whole day without eating anything. We didn´t get too close to the glacier but it was huge... you couldn´t see the end of it it just seemed to blend in with the sky.
On the 5th day we were both ready for some hot food and a comfy bed so we made our way to the lake and got the catamaran back to the main entrance. We had a really awesome time and the views pretty much the whole way were amazing. The weather was so good for us too, we had heard lots of stories about how bad the weather can get there but the time we were there it was pretty good... it only rained at night time. They say you get 4 seasons in a day at the park and thats definatley true- its snowing one minute and sunny the next.
So after a comfy nights sleep and some delicious homemade burgers, we decided to head up Chile- only to find out it was almost impossible without forking out a few hundred dollars for a boat. We are currently back in Bariloche for the night after 28 hours spent backtracking our whole patagonian route. Heading into Mendoza tomorrow, and then either to Santiago or Buenos Aires depending on how much we want to see more of Chile.