After two days with good food and good company, but very cloudy weather. We woke up on the 26th of December and the sun was finally out again. We really needed to get some exercise, so after checking out our map with hiking in Nahuel Huapi National Park, we picked the hike to Laguna Negra.
Reaching Laguna Negra after 15 km of hiking
The first 10 km was easy going, where we were following the river up stream… with a few water crossings on our way (click on the picture, to see it in full size and quality)
We also spend some time taking pictures with a longer exposure time – I really like these two pictures
Then the trail started to climb, and the last 5 km was up hill OR more like climbing up the mountainside. Still full of energy!
But it got steeper and steeper, and rapidly we rose in elevation and had to walk through patches of snow
The trail climbed over the mountain pass, where the sight of Laguna Negra met us
Sweaty from the ascent we hand your shirts to dry put on our jackets to protect us from the cold wind. We found a spot with a little bit of shelter from the wind, where we enjoyed our lunch together with a hot cup of tee. Bringing our thermal bottle with us on this trip was a really great idea.
The hike started down hill where we met Julia, a stewardess, working for American Airlines from New York. She was visiting her family in Germany and going hiking in Chile and Argentina during her 5-6 months of vacation. She had been across most of the world already .
She was tough or/and in a better shape then we were. So even though she was caring her full bag pack for staying over night in the mountains we could barely keep up with her. The local dogs followed us all the way down, and didn’t have any problem of keeping up with Julia.
Finally almost back we passed by a small restaurant heading back to Camping Ser for at hot shower. Camping Ser is a part of a Swiss settlement called “Colonia Suiza”, who decided to stay and live here in Argentina. It was almost like visiting a small town in the mountains of the Alps.
We had a great time at Camping Ser, and we felt very welcome here, both the camping host, Anna and our new friends from the United States. So we made a deal with two of the couples to meet at Pampa Linda on the 30th of December and hike to the shelter Otto Meiling, where we would camp on the Glacier and watch the sunrise over Mont Tronador on the 31st of December in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Spending New Year evening together with friends. Before heading to Pampa Linda we took a detour to Le Bolsón – The hippie town!