More than 200 km and 4 hours on the road, dozens of detours but also, magnificent views. It was the first time we’ve seen a bit of an iceberg in Patagonia. That means we’re close. Very close to Tierra del Fuego.
After breakfast and morning coffee, we hurry to a petrol station and further down the road. We quickly get on the right track on which we sometimes feel like on our initial Ruta 40 in the beginning, where we drove slowly since it was very rocky. I have to say that the car has been through a lot – storms, hairpin roads, rocks, sand, water in the river through which we had to drive. Today – being a bit spoiled by the asphalt road which we drove on for the a while now – I’m struggling with these damn rocks.
The road is really irritating, I think to myself. And how stupid it is with the asphalt! 500 m of good road and then road works and another detour. And again, and again. No use driving too fast. he word ‘Desvio’ (detour) has been with us for the last few weeks and we get furious each time we see it :). I mean, some detours are alright, rocky but flat and hard. The worst one are those with large rocks that spring from your tires and hit the body of the car. We hear it a few times on this occasion.
We’re almost there. Wow, how beautiful it is here! It looks like we’re driving into the mountain. On the left we see an iceberg. I don’t know if it’s for real or an illusion. Then, when we compare it with our maps, we see that we were right.
We arrive in El Chalten town. From the very beginning we know that it’s a place you just have to like – surrounded by mountains from every side. Beautiful and with a great vibe. Not like our own Karpacz or Zakopane. Even though it’s a long weekend and the place is fully booked, it’s not crowded. Everybody’s in the mountains and when they come back in the evening, they spend their time in bars.
We’re very close to the south side of Patagonia. The climate has changed a little bit, it’s much colder. 14-15 degrees during the day and windy as hell. We also know that it’s the last moment to buy some winter clothes. We buy a jacket and a beanie for Kuba and for me a beanie, a fleece jacket and mittens. Amelia is the only one whose armed to her teeth and she doesn’t need anything. Time for our first treks. :)