I had a fair idea that Patagonia was gong to be cold and windy. But damn, its true.
When walking along a dirt road you need armour of some kind to deal with the amount of gravel scouring your skin. When your i a sheltered area, which is preferred, you still cold and wet to the bone despite your low quality $5 poncho.
In this we weren’t fitting in with the crowd. Everybody else had gortex jackets and pants worth at least $1000. We had cheap, possibly waterproof ponchos. People looked at as as if we were losers really. Same as when we wore jeans throughout the Inca trail. Everybody else had their lightweight fancy walking pants and poles. Well that’s what you get when your travelling around for 6 months rather than 1 week and everybody else appeared to be doing. They may have laughed at us then, but we were laughing the next week when they were back at work and we were rambling on.
We turned up to El Chalten with hope. We caught a glimpse of the amazing peak of Mt Fitz Roy through the clouds on the way in on the bus.
But that was it. The mountain never reappeared during our 3 day stay. Similar to our Torres Del Paine expedition where we only saw the peaks for a fleeting moment as we were leaving. Better than nothing i suppose.
We spent the first day doing a long walk up to a glacier lake (cant remember the name) whilst being rained on. Had tuna sandwiches and walked (slowly) homeward.
Decided to find something nice for dinner and we did. We went to a little restaurant (mmm, nup cant remember the name again). I got the lentil soup and Lizi got ravioli with estufado (which translates as stuff).
This was so awesome we came back the next day for exactly the same meal.
The lentil soup had a meaty flavour with chunks of bacon and chorizio floating through it.
This place was cheap too.
We washed it down with some Malbeck. Malbeck is a red wine made from Argentinian malbeck grapes. It is the best type of wine Ive ever had. A bottle costs around $4 here in Argentina. Its kind of like a Merlot i suppose. If you have never tried this, then you should, its turned me into a wine drinker.