Day 3: Los Huemules
The Explora lodge is located in the Los Huemules reserve, where our two hikes for the day were. This is also the same area where we did our short hike yesterday. Starting with breakfast, we got ready for the day and met our guide, Eros, at the map. As always, the hike was explained, and we learned that we will hike from the lodge along the Electric River, in the Electric Valley into a glacial moraine.
The total hike was about 10 km, there and back. The river was lined with trees changing color for fall, and the Fitz Roy mountains in the background. Along the way, Eros told us about the mushrooms, bushes, and wildlife droppings. Only Puma poop was seen, but still no pumas.
We made it to the top of one of the mounds in the moraine, looking out at the Marconi Glacier (yes, the radio guy) and Mt. Fitzroy. At that time, Eros brought out the tea and cookies, which we thoroughly enjoyed before making our way back to the lodge.
Of course, the end of the hike included passing by the BBQ house, with lamb already cooking. We had time to each lunch and relax before our second hike.
Soon enough, it was time to leave for the next hike. We met our guide Paula and the one other guest going on this hike. Paula explained that we would again leave from the lodge, but take a different trail to Laguna Azul. When we arrived, it was obvious how it got its name. We continued to Laguna Verde, which was, you guessed it, verde.
After the lakes, we hiked further north, over the Rio Cañadon de Los Toros on a suspension bridge. We all made it across alive and finished the hike about a mile later.
Prior to starting the afternoon hike, we had the forethought to book a hot tub for when we returned. We all spent some time relaxing before dinner. Tomorrow is forecasted to be rainy, so we are going on a hike in a different area that should have enough tree cover to keep us mostly dry-ish.