So what happened? We are back to the South American lesson, that everything take longer here…
We drove to Gobernador Gregores, and from there we took Ruta 40 towards Tres Lagos. BUT… just after leaving the city limit we were stopped by the police. They told us, that because of rain the stretch of gravel road (70 km ) on Ruta 40 was closed, because of too much mud. Cars were sliding of the road, because of the muddy conditions and we would have to wait until the road had dried out. Off course we asked when the road would be open again, the police said maybe tomorrow. Should we drive a different route to El Chaltén or should we wait? After checking the only alternative route, which turned out to be 700 km longer, we decided to wait.
Stuck in Gobernador Gregores, just like the old car rags
The garbage holders – we are in rhea and guanaco country
There was not that much to see in town. I tried to find guanaco meat at the butcher, but no luck. Instead we made chili con carne with homemade bread pan-baked. I also had time to take photos for my Instagram. Find the recipe on Instagram, look for @sund_camilla.
It also started to rain, but to our luck it only lasted for a couple of hours. It was dry all night, so the next morning we got on the road. No police blockade this time, and we could drive towards El Chaltén.
We hit the 70 km stretch of gravel on Ruta 40, and it was dry, only with a few puddles of mud. It was obviously to see, how muddy the road had been the day before (right picture). Lance would never had made it.
Finally we could see the mountains as we got closer to El Chaltén
We went to the visitor center for the Los Glaciares National Park, and got more information about the 4-day hike “The Huemul trail”. Everybody was taking about the weather, which was really cloudy and windy, but the weather was suppose to clear up in 2-3 days, so we decided to wait. We went into town to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables, but the selection was just a bad as the weather.
There was a small local gym. Though it was small, it had everything a picture of the young Arnold Schwarzenegger and cool looking weights
We also prepared our food and gear for the 4-day hike on the Huemul trail. What food and how much for a 4-day hike, get smarter by reading this post “Get inspired – how to eat right when hiking”.
Since we visited the cave of hands, we have been looking after the animal, armadillo. Suddenly they were everywhere running around at the parking lot, where free camping was allowed. What a funny looking animal. This is the first time we have ever seen an armadillo.
Nature Wildlife Armadillos
I walked to a viewpoint, but the mountains (especially the famous Mont Fizt Roy) surrounding El Chaltén was totally covered in clouds
But the weather cleared and we were ready to hike out – in the left picture, the highest mountain to the right is Mount Fitz Roy (3,405 meters)
The huemul trail – here we come! Read about the most amazing hike we have ever done in the next post.