Península Valdés: On A Road to Nowhere

Renee Zellweger and her fake British accent kept us from sleeping as Bridget Jones’s Baby played in the background on the overnight bus taking us to Puerto Madryn. At least this was an improvement over Twisted Sister that was blasting loudly earlier. We were riding in semi-cama class (think economy) crammed in on the upper deck… Continue reading Península Valdés: On A Road to Nowhere

El Calafate: National Capital of the [Selfie] Glaciers

The self-proclaimed “National Capital of the Glaciers”, El Calafate is kind of a one trick pony town. Everybody comes here to see one thing and that is the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world. And we did not see it. El Calafate which is located at the Southern edge… Continue reading El Calafate: National Capital of the [Selfie] Glaciers

Cerro Torre: Towering Above the Clouds

We were standing at the mirador watching the clouds play hide and seek with the jagged peaks of Cerro Torre. Clouds had come in overnight, shrouding the mountains in a bluish gray pallor, limiting our views of the three granite spires. Fortunately the clouds were at the level of the higher peaks and made for… Continue reading Cerro Torre: Towering Above the Clouds

Fitz Roy, Up Close

Taking the Ranger’s advice, we were hiking Laguna de Los Tres trail to the base of Fitz Roy today. With our day of “rest” behind us we just hoped our bodies were recovered enough to hike the 13 miles to Fitz Roy and back. Instead of starting at the trail head from town and doubling back, we… Continue reading Fitz Roy, Up Close

El Chalten: Gliking in Patagonia-Argentina

Call us masochists. Instead of sleeping in and resting our tired old bodies, we were on a 7 am bus on our way to El Chalten, Argentina, to spend 3 days hiking the superb trails of Cerro Torre and Monte Fitz Roy, part of Los Glaciares National Park, a world heritage site. You would think we… Continue reading El Chalten: Gliking in Patagonia-Argentina

Day 5: W is for Weary & Wistful

Triumphant. Jubilant. Exhausted. These were our feelings summing up our last day in Torres del Paine as we arrived at Paine Grande, officially completing the W circuit. It was absolutely one of the most incredible experiences we’ve had in our lives, and this World Biosphere Reserve is worthy of all its accolades, praise and worship.… Continue reading Day 5: W is for Weary & Wistful

Day 4: W is for Wacky Weather

It was the final push. With the right side of the W behind us, we just had 14 miles to hike to claim we technically completed the W circuit. Our destination was Grey Glacier part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside of the poles. We left Frances Domes in… Continue reading Day 4: W is for Wacky Weather