The “W” Trek is a world famous and beautiful hike in the Torres del Paine National Park, the route it takes is in a W shape (obviously) hence the name. It is also listed in the top 10 of longer walks, we were both really looking forward to this hike, even if it did mean carrying all of our tent, camping stuff, cooking things, food and clothes!
Back to Argentina… again. A long drive and a simple border crossing before we were back into Argentina, we all know what this means by now but most importantly it’s cheaper than Chile. It’s hard to keep track of which of these 2 countries we are in, normally determined by food and whether we are eating noodles or steak, now it’s steak time! It’s funny how we compare passport stamps each time we cross into a new country, but this time was particularly bad.
As lucky as we have been with beautiful scenery, the drive along the Carratera Austral through Patagonia has to be 1 of the best so far, green pines stacked high to form roads through valleys, bright snow capped mountains sit behind in the distance and to complete the scene, a wide, ice blue river which is a top 5 river in the world for rafting and kayaking (I checked on Google to make sure they weren’t having us on!).
A typical Chloe title! Getting back into Argentina could only mean three things; hot weather, better exchange rates and steak! All of which came true. Bariloche was experiencing a heatwave, the first of the year which meant the beaches in this yet another Swiss looking town were packed.
Pucon feels like a Swiss ski resort, shops and apartments are built from wood and the mega resort itself lies at the foot of Villarrica Volcano and in between 2 huge lakes, camp site was next to Lago Villarrica. The town itself has lots of character and once we’d set up camp, we ran off to explore.
Checking into the hostel didn’t take long, we headed straight out for food for Bernice’s birthday – steak time, obviously Stu and I were very happy with this. The food was absolutely delicious, the best steak so far in South America we both would say and it was rare, a first for me.
First impressions of Argentina, we love it. Hot & sunny, clean air, amazing drives, and clean toilets! Being such a huge country you’d have thought the roads would be pretty straight and long, although it is very opposite when having to go up and over mountains!