We started the year 2018 in the same way we finished 2017 – more hiking and more new adventures together with Lance. First stop Lanin National Park north of Bariloche. This was also gonna be our last stop in Argentina before driving back into Chile.
Our last hike in Nahuel Haupi National Park on the 1st of January 2018
Amazing view which we enjoyed without any hangovers
From Bariloche we drove to San Martin de los Andes. So goodbye Bariloche where the clouds was gathering, but we didn’t get that far before the first drops of rain hit the front windscreen.
I checked the route in maps.me (an app on the mobile), and the route on the GSP making sure that we took the easiest way… BUT off course I didn’t notice that the route on the GPS was slightly different than on maps.me so we ended up on one of the many gravel roads! Ups… and Esben caught something from a bush when taking the picture .
The road just kept twisting and turning through the mountains
In San Martin de los Andes the rain was pouring down, so we spend time visiting the tourist information (not to any use anyway, since they mostly just handout advertisings for shops and hotels), and stopped by the administration for the Lanin National Park. At the administration we learned that the Lanin National Park is divided into three part a southern, central and northern part, but this administration could only give us information about the southern part, and a little bit for the central part. Off course no good maps were available, and we took of with a hand drawn map instead. Taking a few pictures of the recycle Christmas decorations before leaving San Martin de los Andes.
Spend the evening cooking vegetarian patties made of soy protein since it was still raining
The next day we were ready for our first hike in Lanin National Park. It is mandatory to register online (or by person at the administration) for the hikes, which we had done in advance before leaving San Martin de los Andes. BUT… the map was not precise and it was lacking information and we came across a different hike, which we decided to do instead – registration or not!
The first hike in Lanin NP (8,5 km and 850 meter in elevation)
Esben had been feeling tired, so half way he turned around, and it was only me who reached the top of the mountain. It was very windy!
I took this panoramic pictures, and if you click on the picture zoom in on it, you can find Lance on the parking lot
The next day Esben was still feeling tired or he just didn’t had the energy to go hiking. So we had a relaxing and slow morning driving further into the Lanin NP and closer to the border into Chile. We stopped at the trail head “Senda al Volcán Achen Niyeu”, which is a part of the multi-day hike “Sendero Huella Andina”. So I left Esben and Lance, and went by myself.
The second hike in Lanin NP (19 km and 650 meters in elevation)
The trail was pretty flat with only a few steeper parts. First winding through forest and dense under brush, but as I got closer to the volcano the landscape started to open up.
Suddenly I was walking in a dessert of black pumis created by the eruptions from the volcanoes
When I finally turned around I was blown away by the view – Volcán Lanin 3,776 meters
On this one-way hike the view on the return trip was just amazing
Taking a break (which always includes some kind of snack) and enjoying the view
After Esben saw the pictures, he would really have liked to join me on the hike, but sometimes it is just more important to listen to the body. The other thing is also that Esben needs more rest than I do, because of his brain injury (More details: About us), so sometimes I just have time and energy to go on my own adventures. The backside is that Esben get the feeling that he is missing out. This time he felt, that he was missing out. So we really try to prioritize the hikes and other things, so he doesn’t get this feeling every time I do something on my own. It is also important to both of us, to share the biggest/most amazing things, moments and adventures together. So the next morning we headed towards the border to Chile, and stopped by the FREE hot spring trail.
Check out the next post to see how we got back into Chile without getting any food confiscated!