Villa O’Higgins. End of Carretera Austral. On to Arrrgentina.
Yesterday arrived in time to Villa O’Higgins’ Fiesta Costumbrista – a village festival where gauchos were chasing and taming horses. Kind of a strange tradition. Then had some delicious goat meat. At night we danced with the locals.
This is the end of Carretera Austral. Tomorrow I am taking a ferry across Lago O’Higgins to Candelaria Mancilla, passing by some glaciers, and then will hike for a couple of days, crossing into Argentina by foot. Following that, trekking in the Fitz Roy area and then El Chalten.
Cold here, but I love Patagonia’s massive landscapes, remoteness and ruggedness. My thin 45F (7c) rated sleeping bag is definitely making me tougher – the nights here are about 2-4c. (38F).