Perito Moreno – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales
Perito Moreno is one of the main attractions in Patagonia and so there are loads of people visiting it. We had Christys foot re-checked with a doctor in the morning and so we arrived at the glacier in the late afternoon. That turned out to be great because most visitors and all the organized bus tours had already left. So it was a very nice afternoon.
You get very close to the glacier on solid ground here, since it does calve into a lake, but its tip hits a little peninsula where a walkway brings you as close as 100m to the glacier.
We continued to follow the Ruta 40 down to the National Park Torres del Paine. The road is nice but very repetitive and we has lots of wind. We were truly happy not to be on a motorbike. You really have to say, that even though we see more motorbikes than ever on this trip, this area is not a great place for motor biking. Too boring, too windy and therefore too dangerous.
It got dark and so we started looking for accommodation for the night, still outside the national park Torres del Paine. We saw a sign of a hotel and followed a gravel road to get to it.
The road looked real nice and the hotel was nicely integrated into the natural contours of the area. It looked pricy. But we didn’t care. We were tired, we knew the Torres del Paine is expensive so we didn’t care for the costs, it is only one night!
Well, I changed my mind when they actually told me the price: 487US$. That really is out of our budget. They were very friendly though and called different other places and finally found something just a little bit outside our budget: 175$, but that would be in a dorm with shared bathroom. WHAT???? That is CRAZY!
We thanked, continued and finally found a simple room for 50$ just before the entrance to the park.
That’s where we met John. He is a retired UK soldier and travels already since 6 years on his motorbike. He is a great guy. We had a beer in the evening, had a great and fun talk and went off to bed quite late.
The next day we drove through the national park. There are tons of people at every bus stop and you just need to have a look at the amount of backpacks here to know the trails are packed. No need to do this….
Instead we stayed on the road that offers great views on the mountains.
Again I am experiencing the feeling that “supersights” like the Torres del Paine almost always disappoint me a little bit.
Too many people and high expectations just lower the effect that the impression could have if it was a little bit less known and visited.
That means for me simply that the most beautiful places usually are not the most known ones.
Still, Perito Moreno and Torres del Paine are quite neat places and we did enjoy the views on these wonders of Mother Nature.
Again and again there are lakes and rivers of stunning colours creating a strong contrast to the brown and dry surrounding.
The landscape is pretty repetitive, but nice.
As we approach El Calafate the snowy mountain peaks become visible.
The sky offers great cloud and light arrangements.
The Perito Moreno glacier.
This glacier is formed in the huge southern patagonian ice field, calving into a lake.
You can get very close to the glacier since its front hits a peninsula.
There are ramps to approach the glacier. e were here late afternoon, when most people have left. The hundreds of oncoming cars and busses gave us an idea how crowded it must be earlier in the day.
The ramps were pretty uncomfortable to walk with crutches, so we organised a wheelchair for Christy.
Great contrasts: green bushes and blue ice right next to each other.
Chaotic ice fields.
Huge towers are moved constantly up to 3cm per day.
On the way south to Torres del Paine again we had great clouds.
Colorful grass and flowers.
We met John on our hostel. Great guy and on an ultimate motorbike trip (so far 6 years and no end in sight).
What a wall…
It is beautiful…
Christy enjoying the sight.
It is not the smartest animal on this planet. But solo cute: one of the many Guanacos
There are great walks here, but it is very busy, so we decided to enjoy the view from the truck
Amazing color contrasts..
We say farewell…
Close to Perto Natales
Mountains towering over the sea….