Even though these two stops were part of our Ruta Sur roadtrip, I felt it was necessary to dedicate a page and capture the memories from these extraordinary national parks.
EL CHALTEN / Just off Argentina’s Ruta 40 you will find the delightful town of El Chalten. Possibly our favourite stop in our van, the village is full of smiling hikers after returning from the striking surroundings. The Fitz Roy hike would have to be one of our most loved days of our trip. A nine hour return trek but boy oh boy is it worth it! The final hour, although steep, leads you over the mountain to pure beauty. Unlike some other national parks in the Patagonia region, all hikes, everything is FREE! The trails mostly start from the centre of the town and everything is right on your finger tips. Whether you want to take in the timber architecture, relax with a beer, comfort your exhausted legs with delicious burgers, eat the best empanadas from a tin shed or sip on a coffee, this little town has it. The pictures say it all! One thing is for sure, if you’re in this region, do not miss El Chalten!
EL CALAFATE / Known for the ‘GLACIER’, I now understand why. Glacier Perito Moreno is colossal! You could sit for hours watching ice chunks cascade. The multiple viewing platforms really give you an understanding from every angle and a chance to take it all in. A lovely way to spend a clear Autumn afternoon in El Calafate.
Patagonian love, Laura xx