Skip to main content

8/1/2018 leaving Torres and back in Puerto Natales

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. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

3/1/2018 bus from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas (Chile)

As I wrote before, be got our tickets from Marga Taqsa office in Ushuaia (Juana Genoveva Fadul 126) on the day we arrived (Friday 29/12/2017). The bus company is Barria Ghisoni. It is standard long distance bus with tiny toilet and one deck. The ticket costs 1000 pesos (only cash payment) and the bus is leaving at 8am.
We got up at 6:20am, had quick breakfast and packed our rucksacks. At 7:30am we reached the omnibus terminal and handed our rucksacks to a guy from the bus. They didn’t want to see the tickets, neither passport. And they didn’t put any label on our rucksacks either. 
Shortly after we departed on time, they gave us a Chile customs declaration form (I’ll upload later) to fill in. I was looking forward to have some amazing views from the bus, all the windows inside were steamed and wet, and it was raining outside anyway. So no views. There is no USB, neither good air con on the bus. The bus was packed. 







The first stop is Argentinian border at San Sebasti├ín. All you need is pa…

24/1/2018 Chiloe Castro, car hire, Teneun, Dalhacue, Cucao

We woke up around 10am, Denisa went to buy something for breakfast and we ate in the hostel. Then we packed all things and left to the tourist information centre, where young English speaking girl gave us a business card of local car hire place we headed to straight after.
The car hire place we used in Castro Chiloe is called Hostal Cordillera. They asked us what type of car we want (no English speaking) and what the prices are. We chose the smallest car Kia Morning (3 cylinders) and the lady told us we need to wait until 12 as someone will return the car to use for us. So we walked to see the main church (UNESCO) on the main square and we bought some really tasty potato bread, or something, filled with minced meat. And also kuchen with special local berries called makui (they grow only on Chiloe). Each was only 1000 pesos and it was amazingly good (we ate the kuchen later on the road). 
At 12, we were back in the car hire place. Jorge spoke very clearly Spanish and slowly and describin…

12/1/2018 from El Calafate to El Chalten

Early wake up, 6am, packing last bits we left out from the evening and we are ready at 6:45. Going to get our food from the fridge and the door to the kitchen are locked. They are supposed to be open from 7am. What a pity! No breakfast, no lunch. Okay. Maybe the pickup will be late, so we can still get it. And yes! Pickup is not coming. 7:10am and I’m nervous. Did they forgot about us? So I dialled the bus company office and asked if they are coming. Yes, they are, I was told. 7:20, bus arrived, but the kitchen is still locked! With our food in the fridge. In a meantime another two people tried to get into the kitchen. 
The bus tickets we bought: Marga Taqsa, 480 pesos each, pickup at our hostel. The bus left the terminal nearly at 8am. It’s really cold on the bus, air con blowing freezing cold by the window seat. Views from the bus are nice and we reached El Chalten at 10:10 - first stop in a national park centre, got information about trails and the weather and then the bus continued…