The rain didn’t stop. And the rain didn’t stop until 2pm. We didn’t sleep, as Denisa discovered some sort of claustrophobic issue inside of the tent and woke up freaked out almost immediately after she felt asleep. Getting out and in to the tent while it was raining at night made our tent and thing more wet. Towards the morning, high condensation of humidity in our tent started making our sleeping bags wet too. One the rain slowed down, we got up and tried to cook porridge. The water from the camp was dirty (apparently drinkable), but the boiling didn’t make it less dirty and anyway, it just started raining more heavy again.
Fed up, throwing the cooking gear next to the tent and going to the central building to cover and have breakfast there. Two coffees and two muffins 8000 pesos quite expensive, but doesn’t matter. We waited here until 12:30 and then went back to pack our tent and things. My jacket was dry again and we successfully packed everything during light rain and waited for a bus transfer at 2pm back to Laguna Amarga.
I felt like we lost, failed or whatever. We camped under the Torres, but we didn’t see it. We paid two night of camping, but lasted only one. I admire people who we getting up packing their tents during rain and walking many raining kilometres to the next camp to do the W trek or Circuit. But at least we tried...
Back in Puerto Natales around 17 o’clock. Once we got off the bus, we bought ticket to El Calafate (company Cootra LTDA, price 17000 pesos per person, departing at 7:30am) for the next day morning and then went to try Hostel Donde Kike recommended by our travel friends from Austria. The owner found a pretty large room for cheap money (even he initially said he doesn’t have one). I think it was some sort of a spare room, not ready to be rented. But never mind, we paid approx 35 USD and we could dry our things, cook and sleep there.
I didn’t mention, as we were leaving the bus station, we met a couple we spent two nights together in the same accommodation in Ushuaia. They just got back from Torres. Soaking wet. They also told us that it was raining beneath the Torres towers during the sunny day, so they couldn’t see it anyway. This made us feel a bit better. We exchanged a pen for a Sube card (something we agreed in Ushuaia) and it was really nice to chat with them again.
After checking, we bought water and some additional ingredients for rice-tuna salad and picked up things we left in Hostal Alcazar yesterday. During cooking and dinner, we had a good chat with a couple staying in the same hostel (a guy from Bulgaria and a girl from France). Then we packed and slept.
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