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Hiking in Chili and Argentina between Santiago de Chile and El Chaltén. Following the Greater Patagonian Trail (GPT), Huella Andina and la Ruta de los Pioneros and through (National) Parks like Alto Huemel, Siete Tazas, Huerquehue, Villarrica, Puyehue, Nahuel Huapi, Cerro Castillo, Jeinimeni and Los Glaciares

Argentina, Chile, South America

Traversia Paso el León: to refugio el Arco (GPT21)

26 February 2018
Paso El Leon Huella

It’s peak season in Bariloche. What once was a destination for the adventurous traveller, is now a party destination for the young and a luxurious destination for the little less young.

This is my fourth visit to the town and my previous visit wasn’t memorable. I believe I’m a bit too old for scruffy bunk beds in a cellar, rancid bathrooms and too drunken and too noisy roommates. Continue Reading…

Argentina, Chile, South America

Ruta de los Jesuitas / Paso de Vuriloche (GPT21) Part 1

16 February 2018
Paso Vuriloche

From Santiago the night bus brings me about 1000 kilometers to the south. Arriving at the chilly Puerto Montt bus station at 6.30 am I can’t say that I’m fit for a hike. First there’s a second bus, to Ralún, which is close to climbers paradise La Junta near Cochamó. Since it’s peak season I’m definitely not the only one waiting at the bus stop. Fortunately, the bus turns out not to be one, but two buses. Continue Reading…

Argentina, Chile, South America

GPT16 Volcán Quetrupillán / Villaricca Traverse (part 2)

15 December 2017

Somewhere, underneath the snow the trail is hiding. The trees are still buried under the snow pack and they form a kind of Mikado maze. Holding the GPS I try to find my way. Roughly. Up through a white forest.

Within an hour I’ve left the maze and now I’m in an open landscape. Here, hiking and navigating is a lot easier. Even though the sun is shining it’s still cold and even without snowshoes iI’m able to hike over the thick, white layer. Every few kilometers the landscape changes, but always with one of the many volcanoes in sight. Continue Reading…