"6. Ok, here we go - up to the pass" Villa Cerro Castillo Things to Do Tip by Trekki

Villa Cerro Castillo Things to Do: 23 reviews and 99 photos

  getting started :-)
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  • getting started :-) - Coihaique
      getting started :-)
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  • our river to navigate us uphill - Coihaique
      our river to navigate us uphill
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  • up to Paso Penon - Coihaique
      up to Paso Penon
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  • minor river crossing again :-) - Coihaique
      minor river crossing again :-)
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Tuesday, december 21: Next morning was quite cool outside and in rapid speed we were packed again. Obviously, having the food in my backpack, 2 meals less in weight put a much happier smile on my face :-)
The path we continue on now is hardly visible - it is where the soil is a bit more packed. Dead wood doesn't seem that bad at this time - easy to step over. We continue along the (left) riverbank, whose spring is uphill on the pass, eventually leaving the forest to cross a little meadow, with flowers all around us and the everpresent tabanos, annoying bugs of the size of huge fat flies. Time for a tea break and exploring the next step - as scrub is in our way now. Scrub in Patagonia - this is something what I have learned during all my treks there - is not necessarily the same as in Europe. Wind and weather have made them withstanding the harsh conditions. It is so hard and firm that you can literally stand on it without breaking a leave.
Out of a reason I don't remember by now, we weren't able to cross the little river (either there was a waterfall or we were just too lazy to do so). So we made our way through the scrubs and through and over deadwood which nicely had accumulated to quite big piles. GOOD that we were wearing our long pants !
Finally, after hours (which were not more than 15 minutes), we have succeeded our thicket penetration and happily continued our uphill hike. Here and there we had to cross the river (pic), but this was not that difficult, as the stones were big enough to hop from one to the other (no elephant jump this time - looool). Sun was happily sitting in the sky and surely smiled about the two adventurers which needed to watch each step on these stones. We crossed the tree-line, which is sharp here.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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