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We had to walk out onto the tarmac to board our plane to El Chalten

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There were lots of internal flight planes lined up at the international terminal since the domestic one was still closed (it would open the day before we got back)

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View from the plane, very flat and empty

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View from the plane, very flat and empty

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View from the plane, I loved the cloud shadows

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View from the plane, I loved the cloud shadows

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View from the plane

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View from the plane, more contours now

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View from the plane

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View from the plane, approaching a river

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View from the plane, over a serpentine river

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View from the plane, mountains at last

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On the ground at El Calafate airport (under construction, only the middle bit near the plane was open)

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On the ground, view over the plane wing to Lake Argentina

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On the ground, view out the plane to Lake Argentina

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Airport parking lot, flags blowing in the high wind

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We caught a bus to El Chalten, partyway along highway 40, and this was our rest stop at La Leona

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Rest stop at La Leona, it was very windy

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Cris and another bus at La Leona

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Cris and another bus at La Leona

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Sign post at La Leona, we had flown 2,677km from Buenos Aires that morning and were over 11,000 km from NYC. The world is a big place. :)

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View from the bus to El Chalten, this was the second building we saw on the trip

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten, going past a marshy area

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten, fenced land

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten, coming closer to town finally

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten

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View from the bus to El Chalten, first sight of town

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Walking around El Chalten

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Walking around El Chalten, it was bounded by cliffs

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Walking around El Chalten, on our way to check the weather forecast at the ranger's office. Result: dire tomorrow but we decided to go and hunker in camp if necessary.

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Leaving El Chalten after dropping our packs at the BNB. Cris had to run back into town for a lighter.

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Leaving El Chalten

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Hiking out of El Chalten

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Hiking out of El Chalten

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Hiking out of El Chalten, first glimpse of the mountains that would dominate our skyline for the next three days

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Heading into the mountains

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Cris all packed up for our trek

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, a couple were hopscotching with us

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, I loved this sign (tree crotch on fire!)

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, kind of worried about the clouds, and the waning daylight (we started around 5pm I think, sunset at 10pm)

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, the sign was wrong, it took us about 2 hours to get there, but we were fully loaded

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, the clouds plus setting sun were beautiful if worrying

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Cris on the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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Cris on the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, glacier spotting (think it was Rio Blanco glacier)

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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Cris on the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, more setting sun pretty/worry

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, sun setting behind the mountain peaks as we rushed to camp

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, glacier shrouded by clouds

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, at the intersection of the trail to Madre E Hija that we'd take the next day

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, looking back at a sign saying 2 hours to El Chalten (wrong again)

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, glacier shrouded by clouds

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, split log bridge over a rushing stream

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, the rushing stream

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, is it over *this* ridge?

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento de Agostini, sun's going down

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Made it to camp! This is the rushing river where we got our water

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Campamento de Agostini, the river next to camp, Rio Fitz Roy I think

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Campamento de Agostini, Cris finishing setting up our tent, well anchored by rocks

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Day 2 on the trail, on our way out of camp Agostini

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On our way out of camp Agostini

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On our way out of camp Agostini

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the storm we were trying to beat into camp

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the storm we were trying to beat into camp

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the storm we were trying to beat into camp

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, there weren't many flowers around, but this one reminded me of a trillium

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the arrow is directing us across an open field, it was very windy - we waited for a lull before crossing.

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, I think this was where Cris got blown over by the wind

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, open field, very windy

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, back in the shelter of the trees

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, approaching a small lake

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, approaching a small lake

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, I didn't get a good clear photo of this butterfly, it had a neat black and white pattern

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, trying to get a close up on the butterfly

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, first sight of the mother/daughter lakes

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, storm clouds and Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, storm clouds and Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, storm clouds and Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, shore of Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, shore of Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, Cris on the shore of Laguna Hija, braced against the wind

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, me on the shore of Laguna Hija, braced against the wind

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, shore of Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the trail climbed up a ridge next to Laguna Hija

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the land bridge between Laguna Hija and Madre. The blur is a snow flake. So much for the forecast of rain!

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, iron in the rocks

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, the trail is still up above Laguna Madre. The wind (60mph gusts) sounded like a train through the trees.

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, looking down on whitecaps in Laguna Madre

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, back in the shelter of the trees we found evidence of hikers passing before us :)

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, Cris and a happy tree

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, another happy tree

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, Glacier Piedras Blancas and storm clouds

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, Glacier Piedras Blancas

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On the trail to Campamento Poincenot, snowflakes coming down as we clear the end of Laguna Madre

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Made it! Tent set up in the lee of a bank in Campamento Poincenot, tied down to logs and rocks to wait out the coming storm

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Campamento Poincenot after spending the afternoon in the tent, waiting for the wind to die down, about to start on supper

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Campamento Poincenot sign, don't be fooled by the man/woman sign for bathrooms, it was a single pit toilet

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Campamento Poincenot, the snow was heavier outside the trees

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Campamento Poincenot, I was amused by the no camping past here sign, the trees were a generally better idea though they were creaking in the 60mph wind gusts

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Campamento Poincenot, snow outside the cover of the trees

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The next day in Campamento Poincenot, snow came in under the trees

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Campamento Poincenot, in the morning with snow under the trees

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Campamento Poincenot, our tent. We tried to brush the snow off before heading out for a hike, but it still got put away wet

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres from Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, the bridge was a bit slippery

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Mountaineers shelter on the trail to Laguna de los Tres, Campamento Rio Blanco

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Water station near the mountaineers shelter on the trail to Laguna de los Tres (we were drinking the water straight, it was amazingly clear)

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, getting higher, still lots of cloud cover

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, getting higher, still lots of cloud cover

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Cris on the trail to Laguna de los Tres, snow's getting deeper

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, getting higher, can see Laguna Madre

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Madre behind us

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, Cris decided to go on to see what he could see, but the snow was getting deeper and the wind getting higher so I elected to stay where I was.

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Madre and Laguna Hija in the valley below

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, I think this was back down the trail

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, you can just see Cris and a Korean guy continuing on up the ridge

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres, Cris and a Korean guy continuing on up the ridge

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking up toward Laguna de los Tres

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot, Cris on the split lot bridge over the rushing stream, a bit of a hair raising crossing due to the wind

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot, looking along the dry riverbed

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Hiking back down from Laguna de los Tres to Campamento Poincenot

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Heading out of the mountains, on our way back to El Chalten

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Looking back at the glacier

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Looking back at the glacier

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On the trail back to El Chalten, the snow on only one side of the trunks was somewhat eerie

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Cris on the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten, back at the turnoff where we came in. Oh, and that 1:45 to Lag. de los Tres? A lie. :)

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten, walking through the valley of Rio de las Vueltas

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back at the glacier

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back at the glacier

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back at camp I think

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back at the glacier

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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Cris leading the way back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten, still a bit of snow

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On the trail back to El Chalten, still a bit of snow

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On the trail back to El Chalten, still a bit of snow

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On the trail back to El Chalten, still a bit of snow

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On the trail back to El Chalten, berries by the side of the trail

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On the trail back to El Chalten, berries by the side of the trail

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On the trail back to El Chalten, spiked plants (not quite as scary as acacias but I wouldn't want to fall into them)

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking up the valley toward El Chalten and Lake Viedma, our path led us downslope of the rocky outcropping

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking across the valley

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten, down into the valley (just needs elephants)

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On the trail back to El Chalten, I was caught by the texture on these boulders

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On the trail back to El Chalten, Cris leading the way

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On the trail back to El Chalten, bright yellow flowers were standing out at the side of the path

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On the trail back to El Chalten, I was excited to spot these pitcher plants, they were tiny

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On the trail back to El Chalten, another split log bridge over a stream, luckily without snow and ice this time

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On the trail back to El Chalten, Cris on a split log bridge over a stream

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On the trail back to El Chalten, growth on the trunk of a tree, plus mushrooms I think

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On the trail back to El Chalten, more running water and greenery

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On the trail back to El Chalten, more running water

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On the trail back to El Chalten, more running water and greenery

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back the way we'd come

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking down into the valley

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking across the valley

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back the way we'd come, the leftmost snowy rise was where we'd gone up to Laguna de los Tres I think.

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back the way we'd come

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking across the valley

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back the way we'd come

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking across the valley

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On the trail back to El Chalten, making our way past a rocky outcropping, one riddled with caves

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On the trail back to El Chalten, making our way past a rocky outcropping riddled with caves

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking across the valley, we'd climbed up a bit higher now

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On the trail back to El Chalten, this old split tree reminded me of an animal drawing

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On the trail back to El Chalten, Cris got a bit ahead of me as I'd stopped to take pictures

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On the trail back to El Chalten, making our way past a rocky outcropping

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On the trail back to El Chalten, looking back the way we'd come

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On the trail back to El Chalten

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On the trail back to El Chalten, making our way past a rocky outcropping

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On the trail back to El Chalten, making our way past a rocky outcropping

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On the trail back to El Chalten, first glimpse of civilisation! Now we just had to walk down there...

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On the trail back to El Chalten, first glimpse of civilisation

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On the trail back to El Chalten, huge downed tree with roots exposed

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On the trail back to El Chalten, huge downed tree with roots exposed

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On the trail back to El Chalten, a huge woodpecker was knocking against the tree

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On the trail back to El Chalten, a large boulder with a tempting cave under it

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On the trail back to El Chalten, a large boulder with a tempting cave under it

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On the trail back to El Chalten, this picture doesn't really show just how far up and out the guy had climbed - he was roped up and perched solidly on top of an outcropping

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On the trail back to El Chalten, dropping down into the river valley, Cris wondering why I'm taking so long :)

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On the trail back to El Chalten, dropping down into the river valley

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On the trail back to El Chalten, closer to town

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On the trail back to El Chalten, closer to town - we'd gone into the mountains to the right of the big red roofed building

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Done! Cris at the end of Sendero al Fitz Roy

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Sendero al Fitz Roy info sign, and one of the 10 or so people we saw on the trail (barring the 10 or so we saw on our way up/down the snow covered trail)

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Done! Me at the end of Sendero al Fitz Roy

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Looking back at the trail head of Sendero al Fitz Roy, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

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El Chalten, Cris taking the final few steps to our BNB, Lunajuim

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El Chalten, trying to catch a photo of Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, trying to catch a photo of Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, the cliff at the end of the street we were staying on. Er, that's pretty much the whole street there, by the way.

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El Chalten, pack llamas, as seen while eating dinner

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El Chalten, trying to catch a photo of Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, trying to catch a photo of Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, using up the last few shots on my memory card. :) Hallway of Lunajuim.

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El Chalten, Cris in the hallway of Lunajuim

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El Chalten, Lunajuim dining room

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El Chalten, Lunajuim bar (you can just make out the big bottle of Fernet)

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El Chalten, Lunajuim dining room

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El Chalten, Lunajuim dining room, old treadle sewing machine

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El Chalten, from the door of Lunajuim

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El Chalten, from the door of Lunajuim

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El Chalten, encircling mountains

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El Chalten, a horse was tied up and running around in a yard we passed on our way to get gelato

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El Chalten, a horse was tied up and running around

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El Chalten, looking for gelato, walking back toward Sendero Fitz Roy

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El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy through the clouds

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel to do the glacier trek

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel, Lake Viedma

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel, Mt Fitz Roy

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel, Mt Fitz Roy

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel, herd of cattle in the field

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel, the other van of trekkers ahead of us

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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Driving from El Chalten to Bahia Tunel

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After the glacier walk, driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, looking back at Lago Viedma, the glacier is behind the outcropping

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif and the other van of trekkers

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Driving back to El Chalten from Bahia Tunel, the Fitz Roy massif and the other van of trekkers

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El Chalten, Cris next to the Cabanas Rivendel sign

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El Chalten, very regal dog

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El Chalten, Cris and his grill of lamb

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El Chalten, the tip of Fitz Roy

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El Chalten, the tip of Fitz Roy

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El Chalten, the tip of Fitz Roy

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El Chalten, Nuestra Senora de la Patagonia

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Centro Meteorologico El Chalten in front of a tourist shop

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Centro Meteorologico El Chalten, I had to laugh when I saw the line "if the rock is not there, very windy"

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El Chalten, not a really hopping town :)

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El Chalten, I loved the trees in the front yard of this house

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El Chalten, not a really hopping town :)

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El Chalten, looking back to the cliff near our BNB

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El Chalten, chocolate shop ceiling, climber's ropes holding up the lights

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El Chalten, chocolate shop decorations

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El Chalten, chocolate shop ceiling, climber's ropes holding up the lights

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El Chalten, Cris in the chocolate shop

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El Chalten, Cris in the chocolate shop

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El Chalten, the remains of very tasty treats at the chocolate shop

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El Chalten, Cris enjoying his hot chocolate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lake Viedma and the glacier

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lake Viedma and the glacier

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lake Viedma and the glacier

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lake Viedma and the glacier

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lake Viedma

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, 90km into the drive

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, it's kind of empty here

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Cris in silhouette

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, rest stop at La Leona again

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, on the left side near the fence there's a guanaco

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, another car on the road

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lago Argentina (El Calafate is on the other side)

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lago Argentina and an iceberg

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, sand bars near Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, sand bars near Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, sand bars near Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, Lago Argentina

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, about to cross that bridge

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, about to cross that bridge

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, crossing the river

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, crossing the river

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, a plane coming in to land

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, civilisation again, coming in to El Calafate

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On the bus from El Chalten to El Calafate, the clouds threatening a storm that we ended up flying out early to avoid

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El Calafate

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El Calafate

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El Calafate, I was a bit overwhelmed at all the people after El Chalten

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El Calafate airport, looking toward Lago Argentina

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El Calafate airport, it was very windy, we could feel our plane moving on the ground. Whitecaps in Lago Argentina

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El Calafate airport, it was very windy

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