For the past 24+ hours, we have been in the small town of El Chalten. El Chalten has about 1000 residents and the city has blocked any further growth. It is located on the northern edge of Glacier National Park and is the home of the famous Mt. Fitz Roy.
The town itself was filled with hostels, restaurants and adventure companies. There are many trekking trails that start in El Chalten. They all can be done in a day hike but many choose to spend more time and camp along the treks.
Our goal in El Chalten was to see Mt. Fitz Roy. When we arrived it was cloudy and rainy. Monday was supposed to be a little bit better so we would try then.
We checked into Pudu Lodge which was a hostel/hotel outside of town close to the trail head. We wandered the town, ate chicken wings and the biggest and very delicious burger at a little restaurant/pub called Porter. We searched for a tv or a good wifi signal to follow the Chargers game. That proved to be difficult. We eventually made it back to the hostel to rest and follow the rest of the game. After the Chargers lost… we laid in bed. I think it was maybe 7pm, we wanted to rest until dinner. We woke up the next morning with some extra sleep under our belts. Oops!
After breakfast at the hostel we made our way to a Fitz Roy lookout point. It was a 4km hike along the Fitz Roy trail. The entire trail was supposed to take 4 hours to get out. I think the lookout we stopped at was a little less than half way. We waited at the lookout for about 15-20 minutes to see if the clouds would clear. There was some blue sky above us and we were hoping it would clear for just a minute above the mountains. Unfortunately, the weather was not our friend in Chalten as we never saw the mountain. We did have a nice little hike though!
It was a short trip in Chalten. We got some much needed rest, paid to have our laundry done, ate some good food and enjoyed the town a little.
In such a small town, life seems to slow down. It was a fun trip even though we never saw Mt. Fitz Roy. We will have to live through the pictures.
Back to El Calafate we go!