We took a 24 hour bus from Bariloche to El Chaltén down Route 40 in Argentina. It's like Route 66, a legendary road, but into the Wild South. It wasn't as boring as I thought it would be... time passed pretty quickly. When we took the turn for El Chaltén the desert gave way to amazing mountains covered in glaciers. The Fitz Roy Range makes its impact instantly. El Chaltén is a very tiny town that basically only exists so people can explore the surrounding mountains and a few hiking trails start right in town. Clouds started moving in as we searched for a hostel (cheaper to book when you arrive) and Fitz Roy disappeared from view. We weren't able to find WIFI while in El Chaltén. I enjoyed it, but Chris went into withdrawals.
Choosing what to bring
.Deciding what to bring for five weeks in Chile and Argentina has not been easy. We are looking forward to summer in South America, which brings heat to Santiago and Buenos Aires, while still staying chilly down in the southernmost part of the continent. We also need to combine urban life with the outdoors. The weather in Patagonia is known to be unpredictable. With strong winds, rain, or snow. We are planning to do quite a bit of camping and hiking, which adds a lot of weight and volume to our packs. While its possible to rent gear, we wanted a chance to use what we already own. We can also be more flexible, camping if we find a good trail, or want to save some money on lodging.
Chris & Taylor
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