Pascal Steck

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Living in: Nottwil, Schweiz
  • Day45

    Esteros del Iberá

    February 13 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Hola y hasta luego Corrientes. At 5.00 in the morning and after a 15 hours bus drive we arrived in the city located on the massive Rio Paraná. At the bus terminal we then waited a short time, approx. 7 hours 🤪, until our bus left to Concepción.

    With an urban bus we drove the next four hours from Corrientes to Concepción where the climate successively got more humid and hotter. In the middle of the afternoon we walked through the little village which is seamlessly attached to the national park of Iberá. The sun vaporized our brains while we were walking from the bus station to the hostel. Once we got there, the hotel/hostel owner told us that she does only have luxury beds, about 80 US$ per night. Fortunately she was super supportive and guided us to the house across the street where an old lady owned a little apartment with the affordable price of 20 US$ for one night.

    On that occasion we booked two nights in this cozy apartment. Although there was no proper kitchen area we somehow managed ourselves through the two days by cooking our noodles inside the electric kettle and steaming the veggies inside the microwave.

    After our first night we got up at 6 am. so that we were ready when Ricardo arrived. La Señora from the pricy hotel passed us the number of Ricardo Río, a local guide who got a 4WD car and two Kayaks. With him we spent the next 5 hours exploring the wonderful wetlands. A national park with only 20% of international tourism, and during January, February, March there are almost no tourists in this park due to the hot weather. We drove 30 km inside the park on sandy driveways.
    Even without any knowledge of Spanish and on the other side no English speaking abilities we were talking a lot about the caimans, tones of birds and other animals which we spotted on this untamed and wild wetland.

    On the next day we took the bus back to Corrientes. Here we are again. Hola Corrientes, bus terminal. But this time only 30 minutes. Bus Rio Uruguay will bring us to Puerto Iguazú.
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  • Day42

    Córdoba

    February 10 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After a 17 hours bus ride, Svenja and I found ourselves in Córdoba, the second largest city in Argentina.

    The bus journey wasn’t as comfortable as we were used to have. El autobús arrived 4 hours late at Córdoba. Right behind us were three kids and a helpless mother who restlessly tried to calm down one crying kid after each other. The youngest kid vomited several times and the other two rascals hit their feet into our back seats from start to finish. Nonetheless we arrived in the city recuperated and ready for sightseeing.

    In this two days we were mostly walking through the market square in the very center of Córdoba. On the day of arrival we went to a parrilla Restaurant for some delicious churrasco. 😋
    On the second they we were roaming through some parks, drinking some coffees, collected our washed laundry and cooked some noodles for dinner. We took the 2pm. bus to Corrientes on the next day.
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  • Day40

    Jujuy

    February 8 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    My lovely amigos from Santiago highly recommenced going to San Pedro de Atacama instead of renting a car and driving up the desert for some less known attractions. That’s why we found ourselves in a totally different latitude.

    Time has come to rearrange our itinerary and decide where to go next. We could actually choose between Bolivia’s boarder and go to Salar de Uyuni or Argentinas boarder for the region of Jujuy.

    Thus we went to Argentina to get back to the original track I once planned for us. After a 13 hours bus drive we arrived in Salta. We then straight walked to a rental office and asked for the cheapest car available. We got a car for only 15 US$ per day. Our goal was a 3.5 hours drive to the north, a little desert village called Humahuaca. We reached it before midnight, sought for our hostel and went to bed.

    Our second day was fully loaded with different points of interest. We drove into the mountains near Humahuaca to see the Serranias del Hornocal aka. 14 colored mountains. On the way back we gave a lift to an old toothless couple from Humahuaca, after a while the car smelled like a horse/cattle farm. 😁

    Quebrada de Humahuaca was our second goal, yet we never reached this point, somehow misleaded by Google Maps. 😇 However, we drove over unpaved roads and small rivers until we finally made our way back to the carretera 🛣.

    Next stop Tilcara, a town famous for its Inca ruins. Svenja and I ate some Quinoa based lunch and visited this little town. That said we drove up a hill for a better view into a cajón and a cascada. 🙃 I guess the river only bears water through winter, hence no river, no waterfall but a lovely view over Tilcara and its surroundings. On the way down we picked up an Italian guy who went to Malta. 😋

    Purmamarca, our third village on this day was thought to eat a helado and visit the 7 colored mountains. After 30 minutes in this place we decided to hit the road again and drive to San Salvador de Jujuy for good.

    Our next and final day was a rainy day. Svenja told me rather not going for a hike but going back to Salta instead. So we did, sightseeing in Salta and just having a lazy day.

    El fin.
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  • Day37

    San Pedro de Atacama

    February 5 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Svenja and her favorite cousin left the airport Calama with the very last rental-car-key available on this day. After our procurement of needs and necessities we moved towards San Pedro de Atacama. Once we got there we checked into a hostel for our first desert-night. We cooked 1 kg of arroz added some peas, thus we were ready for the next two nights somewhere deep in the desert.

    With a list of things to do in San Pedro (thank you Fransisco) we steered our coche to a bunch of different places.

    Short summary:
    Day one Svenja lost her smartphone. Day two we drove back to the point of assumption 🤨. We found her phone but by having it back we demolished a tire 🚙. We took a bath in el Tatio’s geothermal geysers field and slept at an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level. 🧊 🥶 ❄️ 🤒

    On the third day we went back to Calama for another night in a real bed 🛌.
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  • Day34

    Santiago

    February 2 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    I arrived in the capital of Chile 3 months after the protests. During the evenings the youth was still gathering at plaza Italia. So in this time I avoided this area even those demos haven’t been violent in the last few weeks.

    My friends invited me to sleep in their house. Casa de Francisco, a calm and familie-friendly neighborhood in the south of Santiago, first the first time I got my own room plus bathroom 🙂. Day one was dedicated to visit the city center. On the second day, my friends showed me Valle de Maipo. Fransisco and I took a swim and later on we all enjoyed a fried empanada. In the evening I had my first real asado (Sarita and Nadia joined us) 😍 y despues del asado fuimos a ver las estrellas al cajon. Which means back to the same valley for a Baylis 🍸 and night photography.

    With only a little sleep I went to the airport to welcome my cousin. Svenja arrived on time but immigration took more then 1.5 hours. Good for me I did not make it on time so in the end I just had to wait a few minutes to conceive my little cousin.
    We both spent two days in Santiago, whereas both day were supposed to be for a different place. First day - City center, second say - Valparaíso (a fantastic day trip with Fransisco and Kathy, thank you guys 😘). On the third day we had to catch a flight to Calama. So we left Santiago in the early morning.

    Bye bye Santiago. Hello fever once again: Too many days with less than 4 hours of sleep per day. Not recommendable.
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  • Day27

    Osorno & Petrohué

    January 26 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After a rough night in Puerto Río Tranquilo, an adventurous trip (ha dedo 👍) to Coyhaique, an 18 hours bus ride to Puerto Montt, I was happy to sleep in a real cama. But the past days have shown its effects. I started feeling feverish and tremendously sleepy.

    However, in the early morning I continued by bus to Puerto Varas, a small town 15 minutes north of Puerto Montt. This town is a typical vantage point for either Vicente Pérez Rosales or Alerce Andino National Park. I went for the waterfalls Petrohué and a hike among Volcano Osorno and lake Todos Los Santos both located in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park.

    In this days I enjoyed a cozy dinner with a girl from Mendoza and even a day sightseeing in a neighbor village called Frutillar, where we picked up some free bicis and rode along Llanquihue lake.
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  • Day23

    Hacer dedo

    January 22 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    All buses to Bariloche were fully booked for the next 5 days. Instead of heading to Bariloche I made my way to Los Antiguos.

    I met Mateo in the bus who was also on his way up north. We shared our curricula and after a while he told me about his hitchhiking experience. Just in the right time to get this knowledge. There was almost no chance to go further north with any public transport.

    After a night in Los Antiguos we started hitchhiking to Chile Chico where we caught a bus to Puerto Rio Tranquilo.

    Rio Tranquilo is famous for its Capillas de Marmol which are located in the second biggest lake of Argentina/Chile. We booked a cruise to check this place. In the evening I enjoyed the view to the lake and mountains while I had a lovely haircut.

    Mateo fell in love with this peaceful and sleepy town. He told me to stay one more night there to enjoy the nature. I on the other hand had to make way north as fast as possible. I didn’t want to miss Bariloches lakes and wonderful landscape.

    I got up early in the morning and tramped successfully to Coyhaique.
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  • Day21

    Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre

    January 20 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After El Calafate I arrived in El Chaltén. A village build due to its close proximity to Los Glaciares National Park. This park is considered the hiking capital of Patagonia.
    For Kathy and Frasisco this was the final destination of their holidays. Therefore we took the same Bus to get there. Once we arrived we decided to meet on the next day in the park. So I went to bed to recharge my battery which was extremely low after the „W“ and Perito Moreno.

    On the very next day I rented some gear and hiked to the camping where my friends were supposed to hike too in the early morning. We caught up in the middle of the hike and once more we were united and ready to discover the park.

    On our first hike we aimed for Fitz Roy. After some steep passages we managed to reach the top. I could already feel that we were all utterly exhausted.

    The second day was supposed to be Cerro Torre. My Amigos already knew it would be another big challenge to master. Fitz Roy as the main attractions in the park was done, Frasisco therefore told me that they will leave the park today instead of sleeping another night here. That said we wished us a safe journey and went our ways.
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  • Day18

    Glacier Perito Moreno

    January 17 in Argentina ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most beautiful places in all of Argentina and also one of the top tourist attractions in Patagonia.
    When I arrived in El Calafate my Chilean friends already texted me not to book any tour neither a bus to the glacier. Well as you assume right, they took a bus earlier and organized the whole trip from El Calafate to the Glacier, including a boat cruise to be even closer to the scenery. Unfortunately Sari was not on board anymore, she went back to Santiago for a beneficial massage after the strong „W“ hike we did. Nevertheless the remaining crew could also manage this sightseeing point.Read more

  • Day16

    It’s gonna be the “W”

    January 15 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia Chile is one of the continent’s most sought-after hiking activities. Visitor numbers having reached a quarter of a million in the last year.
    That’s pretty much why I had to go there to verify its popularity. It has also been recommended by Tomás and Vicente two fancy guys I met in Sidney a couple years ago. I have therefore chosen to do a multi-day hike.
    The ‘W’ hike, name given by it’s shape has been my choice due to it’s shorter distance. This trip started extremely well. Right on the very first day I met four Chilenos, our acquaintance turned into a wonderful friendship. Sarita, Nadia, Kathy and the divertido mountain lion Francisco. We did the whole hike together and thereby amused ourselves with our huge knowledge of each other’s language.
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