Well, although Ruta 40 came with it’s challenges, it ended up being totally worth it! We spent a few days in El Chalten hiking around Fitz Roy although unfortunately, the weather was never as clear as when we first arrived and that ended up being our only chance to get a good look at the Fitz Roy Range.
Next we headed to El Calafate and splurged on a room for two nights. We got up the next morning to go visit the Perito Moreno Glacier. I had never really seen a glacier up close before but it was pretty amazing. We were even able to witness a large chunk of ice fall off; it was fascinating to watch such a huge object plunge into the water and cause a big ripple of waves up and down the glacier. After we watched it fall, the whole viewing platform erupted into applause. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough with my camera to capture it.
After catching up on our emails and internet in El Calafate, we crossed back into Chile and headed to Torres del Paine National Park for some more hiking. Many people who visit the National Park do a multi-day backpacking trip but luckily since we had a car, we were able to do most of the same hikes as really long day hikes. There’s a lot to see in the park but the most stunning site was the view when we hiked 3 hours up to the towers (torres in Spanish). We were fortunate enough to have good weather to see the Torres but the winds were insane with gusts up to 70 mph in some places.
The things we’ve seen in the last week have taken our breath away. I think it’s best to let the pictures tell the rest of the story…