Today I got on a bus to travel from El Calafate back to Puerto Natales, Chile, to meet up with the rest of the trekking group and our guides. We had lunch at a lovely small restaurant with the freshest ingredients before – yes, you guessed it – piling into a van for some more bus travel. Most of the others had all arrived in the country the day before from their respective locations.
Meet the group:
From left to right (ish): Eduardo (head guide), Amit and his girlfriend JiYeon (from Boston), Joy & Terry (in the back row; from Australia), Yeowon and her husband Pavan (from Boston), Nicola (from the UK, in the back row between Yeowon and Pavan), and last but not least, Juan (the assistant guide).
After a few hours we arrived at the Torres del Paine National Park and to our EcoCamp (http://www.ecocamp.travel). I signed up for the trip directly with Cascada, while some of the others in the group had used larger worldwide travel outfitters who had subcontracted Cascada.
We were all pretty exhausted from traveling and we knew that the next day would be one of our more strenuous days, so after watching the sun set over the Torres del Paine (2,900m), we went to bed in our domes.