On my way from Mendoza to Chile it all ended up a little bit different then planned. As I wanted to see Mount Aconcagua, with 6962m the highest mountain outside the Himalaya, I booked a bus ticket to Los Penitentes, which was described as ski resort, but also with lots of trekking tourists in summer. When I arrived there it was maybe 15 buildings, most of them hostel or hotels – all closed.
The only open hostel was Hostel International, where I was the only guest. I hoped that I could rent a tent and cooking equipment somewhere to spend 2 or 3 days in the park, but this wasn‘t possible so I decided to buy a bus ticket to Santiago (Valparaiso was unfortunately not possible from here) and just spend here one night. In the afternoon I started to hike towards the park, but fortunately my first hitchhiking attempts in South America where successful and one of the doctors from the Park, who spoke a little bit English, brought me to the entrance of the park.
For just 20 Pesos (roughly 2 €) I was allowed to do the Laguna Circuit. Fortunately there were no clouds and I got some great views of Aconcagua. Also there were some great rock formations and fossiles to see. After spending two hours in the park, I walked back to Puenta del Inca, a small village near the park entrance. There I could see a bridge, which was created from nature just out of stone. Quite impressive what nature can do in Thousands and Millions of years! After buying some snacks in the Kiosk, I walked back to Los Penitentes where I arrived 90 minutes later.
I had a quite night in the hostel and could sleep for ten hours. In the morning I got a basic, but good breakfast, and killed the time until my bus would arrive with organizing pictures for my blog, writing some articles and having a look, what I could do in Chile.