So, after our few nights in El Calafate (in all it’s glacier & horsey splendor!), we shipped out to El Chalten (via bus) early one morning. I wish I had taken a picture of our walk to the bus station from our hostel because the pre-dawn sky & the early morning bird sounds were all eerily reminiscent of Connor’s & my high school morning commutes…
Anyway, a few hours later, we were pulling into the super tiny town of El Chalten.
After a quick info session from the park rangers (basically telling us the rules of the park & about the trails & how long each of them would take & what hazards we could expect), we quickly found our hostel and unloaded our bags before setting off on a few warm-up hikes 😀
Our first evening in El Chalten, we succeeded in eating a real-deal Argentinian dinner. The first obstacle was finding a restaurant that was even open. I guess the trekking season doesn’t really start for another couple weeks, so most places were still in their refurbishing stages from the off-season. Anyway, we found a lovely little restaurant who took very good care of us 😀
The next morning, we got ourselves geared up (mentally & physically) for the 6+ hour hike ahead of us – to Cerro Fitz Roy (a.k.a. the king-ding-a-ling of mountains in El Chalten!) And let me tell you, it was no easy chore! It was long and trying, but the views were well worth it 😀
The next and final morning in El Chalten, Connor did a little mountain biking:
After a quick night back in El Calafate, we got up bright and early the next day to head to Chile for Torres del Paine National Park! We were a little worn out from our previous 3 days of hiking in El Chalten, but the views were still excellent!
After our long day touring around Torres del Paine, we were shuttled to Puerto Natales where we checked into our hostel & quickly set out in search of a dinner spot. We were both famished, so when we came upon the family-run local Chilean restaurant right near our hostel, we were thrilled 😀
The next day we were back in El Calafate and finally made it to the hippie, veggie-friendly restaurant we’d been wanting to try since our first day there.
And to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary, we hit up an incredible divey burger joint in Buenos Aires 😀
To be fair, we actually had a fairly nice anniversary lunch earlier that day, but we botched up the pictures In general, though, we jumped on the foodie bandwagon after getting back from all the hiking in Patagonia and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Argentina far exceeded my expectations, and I can’t wait to return for another visit 😀