El Chaltén, a newly-founded village due to territory issues with Chile, is growing fast because of tourism. Less than 30 years old, it is the newest town in Argentina. It intends to be the new Bariloche with ski resorts in the winter, trekking, climbing and mountain bike in the summer. It is considered the trekking capital for receiving sportspeople searching for adventure on the two toughest mountains in the world: Fitz Roy and Torre.
Remembering one of the magical moments of Torres del Paine... I woke up with the early morning lighting my refugio's room. I was half asleep and lazy to get up when I looked through window and realized that the sky was clean enough to see the Towers. The sun had not rise yet, but those shades of pink and red was a signal of good pictures. I took my camera, my jacket and run out without even washing my face. I almost freeze but the spectacle worth it.
Visit Perito Moreno is really an impressive experience. The noise scares and anxiety increases with each rupture. It’s a joy shooting the exact moment that the ice wall crashed from the glacier. Everything happens so fast between hearing the crash and look in the right spot… the ice had already crashed into the lake and only left the movement of the water. But I got it!
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is another place to have a good time at great hotels and restaurants – the tourists feel much welcome and there are lots of duty-free shops in the main street. The best thing is to have a little adventure in between.
The first destination for visitors to El Chaltén, Perito Moreno, Torres del Paine and many other attractions at Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares – due to the airport and good structure to welcome tourists. El Calafate is cozy but with lots of adventure, the weather is warm during the day and very cold at night. It is a great place to eat parrillas, empanadas, sweets and ice cream.
A tribute to adventurous hikers who didn’t bother while waiting hours for another transportation when our bus caught fire in the middle of a wilderness road in Patagonia. On the contrary, we went to explore the place and have fun. In detail, there are 4 generations in this picture all of them with the same youthful spirit and very happy.
In northern El Calafate you find Laguna Nimez; the city on one side and Lago Argentino on the other. What you can do fun here is take pictures, ride a bike, go horseback riding and go for a walk. You can go around the lagoon and along the lake.
Parque Nacional de los Glaciares is the largest continental ice extension after Greenland and Antarctic, with about 50 glaciers. I knew the only one that keeps renewing itself since the beginning of times. The parts surrounded by mountains grow almost 8 inches a day, and in the inner part up to 2 meters a day. Its size remains the same as always, because everyday huge chunks of ice break off and the make a scary noise.
This national park, in the province of Ultima Esperanza, is one of the most beautiful places in South America. And unanimity among travelers as one of the most beautiful in the world; 245 thousand declared World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1978, the year I was born. Maybe that is why I am so fascinated about this place. The paradise for walkers has 200 km of trails, mountains impressively sculpted in the glacial period, 8 lakes with different shades of blue and green that look like paintings and a typical fauna. A place where everyone helps preserving, there is no litter and the only human traces are the footprints.
In the hottest months of the year, Isla Martillo is the home of 2 species of penguins, Papúa and Magallánico. They come to reproduce, and the youngest ones to change their plumage. These young penguins are rather ugly and have missing feathers. The island is full of nests, which are holes in the sand surrounded by plants. I had never thought I could see so many penguins on a landscape like this.