On Friday night, we took a three hour plane from AEP in Buenos Aires to FTE, airport in El Calafate, followed by a bus from FTE to the bus terminal in the town of El Calafate. Another bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales early Saturday Morning.The highway we drove on, with unchanging scenery of sheep and grass for hours was called La Ruta Fin Del Mundo, end of the world – it felt like it. The third bus was from Puerto Natales to Laguna Amarga, the Park entrance to Torres Del Paine followed by the final shuttle to Los Torres Hotel y Refugio Central early Sunday morning.
That Sunday we began our hike to Mirador de los Torres – 36 hours of traveling later.
We hiked the eastern part of the W Trek in Torres Del Paine with Fantastico Sur. Up to Mirador Torres and back down, to Los Cuernos, and a bit of French Valley before leaving Chile, back to Argentina to go to El Calafate and explore Perito Moreno Glacier.
5 full days in Torres Del Paine with the first and last night at Hotel Los Torres, wonderful feasts for dinner, the other two nights were at Refugio Los Cuernos. Definitely was not an easy hike and we got mixed up with the trails, and lack of signs but other hikers helped us for the most part. My joints are very achey and one split toenail, but no blisters for me.
lt felt fantastic to be out of the city, out of Buenos Aires.
“They have cradled you in custom, they have primed you with their preaching,
They have soaked you in convention through and through;
They have put you in a showcase; you’re a credit to their teaching —
But can’t you hear the Wild? — it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the Wild is calling, calling … let us go.”Robert William Service. THE CALL OF THE WILD Spell of the Yukon and other verses
El Parque Nacional de los Glaciares en El Calafate, Argentina.