20.02.2012 - 20.02.2012
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And so it was at the crack of dawn that I rose from my bed....quietly cursing to myself I threw on my running kit and headed out. Fortunately for me my Spanish isn’t that good but the look of sheer horror from the restaurant manager pretty much confirmed that it was definitely going to be cold (that or else she took offense to my pale white Irish legs). Stepping outside was akin to being immersed in cold water...breathtaking to say the least...but being the hardy soul that I am I forged ahead leaving a rather sleepy El Chalten behind and headed for the main mountain range. Buoyed on by a fantastic sunrise and a rather quiet trail I made it up to ‘Lago De Los Tres’ in just over 2 hours to watch the early morning rays light up the glacier and mountain face. The return leg (13km) was surprisingly faster despite the extra trail traffic and before long I was once again back in time for a cold crisp beer and a shower....the little luxuries of life!
For those of you yet to visit El Chalten be sure to take in the wonderful microbrewery on the main street where the beer and food is matched by the equally delightful staff. Talking about food though, Argentina & Chile may be renowned for its fabulous meat but we have still to come across a restaurant that can cook a steak ‘medium rare’ as opposed to ‘well done’ which appears to be the norm (unfortunately my futile attempts to moo like a cow to demonstrate ‘raw’ don’t seem to have gone down well here).
Tomorrow we depart El Chalten and skip over the border again into Argentina to a little town called El Calafate.