Month: March 2018

Hiking Argentina – Valle de Olum y Laguna Bélgica – Ushuaia

Having exhausted the main day hikes out of Ushuaia (well, except for the Martial Glacier, which didn’t seem too interesting) and not being terribly keen to pay to enter the Tierra del Fuego National Park again (I’d already done the best hike in the park – Cerro Guanaco – in 2016), I needed one more day-hike to …

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Me at the Laguna de los TĂ©mpanos and Vinciguerra Glacier - Ushuaia - Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Laguna de Los TĂ©mpanos and Vinciguerra Glacier

One of the hikes I wanted to do around Ushuaia this time, was to the Laguna de Los TĂ©mpanos and the Vinciguerra Glacier.   I’d already hiked the first part of this trail with Autumn, JB, Marjorie and Cyril when we went to Laguna Encantada, but really wanted to get to the Glacier – the only …

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Me overlooking the high peat bog and river on the way to Laguna Esmeralda near Ushuaia, Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Laguna Esmeralda – Ushuaia

In contrast to Laguna Encantada, the hike to Laguna Esmeralda is the most popular from Ushuaia outside of the Tierra del Fuego National Park.  Transfers to the trail head are scheduled to leave from the main bus terminal near the Tourist Information Centre at 9am, 10am and 11am (returning at 4pm), but need a minimum …

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Descending the scree slope above Laguna Encantada near Ushuaia, Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Laguna Encantada – Ushuaia

I arrived in Ushuaia to discover that my fellow salsa-dancing aficionado from Melbourne, Autumn, also happened to be in town.  She invited me along on a hike that her and her travelling companions were planning for the next day, and I was more than keen to join despite a desperate lack of sleep.  She was …

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Greenlandic Music – Nanook and Frederik Elsner

Frederik Elsner! As part of my ongoing fascination/obsession with Greenland (I spent 5 weeks there last year, will spend another 4 weeks this year, and already have plans for 2019), I started listening to music by Greenlandic bands and very quickly came across Nanook.   Nanook The band was formed by brothers Christian and Frederik Elsner …

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Mirador Loma del Pliegue Tumbado - El Chaltén - Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado – El Chaltén

Another of the key day-hikes from El ChaltĂ©n is to the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.  This seems to be everyone’s last option (the Senda Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres are far more popular), but the park rangers tell me that it is actually one of the most spectacular hikes … IF you have …

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Chorillo del Salto - El Chaltén - Argentina

Hiking Argentina – Chorillo del Salto – El Chaltén

Another of the short trails that I didn’t hike on my first visit to El ChaltĂ©n in 2015, was to the Chorillo del Salto.  Given that the end-point is a waterfall and lofty views are not really part of the agenda, I waited for a day where the tops of the mountains were once again …

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Me at the Laguna de los Tres

Hiking Argentina – Laguna de los Tres – El Chaltén

The reason I ended up in Patagonia this year was because I was helping my friend, Mathilde (who I met on the Unplugged Wilderness Trek in East Greenland), plan her trip in the area.  I didn’t really have any concrete plans for Feb-Mar and had no intention of returning to Patagonia so soon.  But when …

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