11km in 3.5 hours
Leaving Refugio Los Cuernos this morning was a real treat, wet boots and socks aside. The rain had gone and while still in sight of the cabins we crossed a footbridge over yet another stunning waterfall. For the entire morning, bright, white peaks dominated the view on our left. A dusting of fresh snow had coated the steep rock faces while the tops were shrouded in cloud. To our right, ago Nordenskjold was ever present, with clear views to snow capped peaks far beyond.
Between waterfalls the silence was broken only by occasional birdsong or a brief Hola as we passed walkers heading in the opposite direction. The trail continued to be well marked, with ever present red posts and painted dots leading the way.
At first, the trail was as yesterday, rocky and wet but it later became easier as it turned to drier, hard packed dirt. There were a few undulations but no real climbing today and the last hour the trail opened up into a wide valley with Hotel Las Torres in view. We passed the turn off for tomorrow's walk up to the towers. It begins up a forbidding valley, enclosed by dark rocks and another rickety suspension bridge.
|The curve of the land|
|Pointing the way|
|Footbridge near Hotel Las Torres|