villa venus - there are no boarders, if you open your eyes.

Argentina-Travelogue  |  Travel time: November 2009 - December 2010  |  by Anke Thomas Betschinger Schetty

patagonia

Tales from x-mas, ice and lucky fishers.

x-mas spot for villa venus and team - puerto san julian

x-mas spot for villa venus and team - puerto san julian

x-mas diner - gambas, angus beef, champagne and wine!

x-mas diner - gambas, angus beef, champagne and wine!

Yes x-mas was definitely different this year, we spent the holy day together with commersons dolphins and Magellan pinguins in Puerto san Julian - but really, we missed nothing, it was just a glory moment and we had even out little x-mas tree (a heavy investment) and some little prezys, but the biggest prezy for us is this wonderful trip.

traffic on ruta 40

traffic on ruta 40

bienvendios en el chalten

bienvendios en el chalten

We arrived just in time in el chalten (the Zermatt of Argentina) to meet Andres and his future wife, what a chance we could join them to do the vuelto del hielo, a 5 day trip over the everlasting ice (the largest icemassiv next to the poles) - just an amazing experience, sleeping on the glacier, jumping over crevasse's and see nothing just ice and mountains...it feels like on another planet - an unforgettable experience.

vuelta del hielo - up to paso marconi

vuelta del hielo - up to paso marconi

icy bivac

icy bivac

just wonderful landscapes

just wonderful landscapes

But to be honest, it's also a morning glory situation to have to go pipi at midnight by minus 10 degres out of the tent...but once out, the clear sky, the stars and the light form the glacier took away all freezing feelings.
We enjoyed during our trip also the new years eve, opposite a glacier and far away from civilsation and alcohol..., but again we missed anything it was just a great experience and something to remember the rest of our lives.

circo de los altares (cerro torre and fitz roy from the big glaciers)

circo de los altares (cerro torre and fitz roy from the big glaciers)

how to find the way...

how to find the way...

morning glory on the big ice field - direction of chile

morning glory on the big ice field - direction of chile

up to paso del viento

up to paso del viento

the a team

the a team

By the way, fishing seems not to be a part of our favourite talents, we tried our look by lago desierto and the final situation showed a horrible view, we lost 4...... as well a the new bougth ultra ....... from Andres, the only fish we catched had the size of enormous 6 cm, and we decided to throw this moby dick back to his deep blue lake...we did not know at this moment, that it would be the only fish we see during our fishing expedition...anyway we had a great vegetarian dinner at the end.

fishing without fish...

fishing without fish...

Back in town we decided to hike the famous parque hike to cerro torre and cerro Fitzroy, a wonderful route, but like always in Patagonia the wind has always a important word on all plans...there are different winds in Patagonia, from left, right, above, form the valley from the mountain, from the lake, from the river and normally all together and what is stabil...it's always a strong wind...

parque lago del desierto

parque lago del desierto

cerro torre from laguna del tore

cerro torre from laguna del tore

We wish everybody a very happy new year, suerte, amor y dinero and overall salut - and something more...try to realize your dream...it's worth!

cerro fitz roy from valle desierto

cerro fitz roy from valle desierto

happy new year to everybody

happy new year to everybody

anke&thomas

yes we cuised over all crevasses - ice dream team!

yes we cuised over all crevasses - ice dream team!

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The trip
 
Description:
we follow our minds and the winds to cruise over our wonderful planet. start is in buenos aires and from there it goes.
Details:
Start of journey: Nov 21, 2009
Duration: 13 months
End of journey: December 2010
Travelled countries: Argentina
The Author
 
Anke Thomas Betschinger Schetty is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 11 years.
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