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The Fitz Roy / Chalten (Argentina)

Southern Argentina ending in Chile is one of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The mountains of the Andes with its giant glaciers are bordering the vast wild expanses of Patagonia. You feel very alone in this landscape. The "cities" (i.e. people around a service station) are very far apart each other, the farms well hidden and the traffic on Route 40, very reduced.

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And the nature is not very welcoming: a flora almost devoid of trees, thorny bushes, and a very interesting fauna to watch but often not very visible, wind weather and on the ocean, steady winds from the west, almost permanent.

The Fitz Roy is a very popular climbing area, including for occidental people. It is a mythical and furious mountain. No need to climb to realize this…with a simple trek to the bottom of this vertical wall makes us feel very small.

Despite its modest altitude (3,405 meters, 400 less than the needle Midi, reached by cable car…) is one of the hardest mountains to climb in the world. The technical conditions are extremely difficult (compact granite has little shots) to which joins the wind and cold.

The shapes of these peaks, towers hills, are very pure. Many glaciers are interspersed between the peaks and several lakes (included Lake Tower, the most beautiful, situated at the foot of Cerro Torre in a dream setting) decorate the landscape.

Going to the Fitz Roy is not an easy task.
Here we are far away from all, hundreds of miles from Rio Gallegos in Argentina or Puerto Natales in Chile. There is a small town, El Chalten, which some will be encouraged to compare it to Chamonix. El Cahlten reach to have only about 300 people at the peak of the season during the summer and in winter become a ghost town…But is the obligatory passage and assembly of the few climbers who dare to attempt the ascent these wild peaks.

El Chalten is the national trekking capital. There are plenty of beautiful walks to see the Fitz Roy in all angles and complete safety...

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Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!