I headed to the hotel to check the availability of the Chileno campsite. Unfortunately it was solidly booked. That meant having to stay an additional night at my current campsite. At least on the way back I got to see the sun hitting the Torres, making them glow a spectacular bright orange.
My day seemed shot. I had the upper Torres sight booked for tomorrow so it did not make sense for me to put in a 9hr day to up to the Torres and back down only to repeat tomorrow. I opted to go back to sleep since the campsites are super noisy and I did not sleep well last night. When I woke up for the second time I cooked breakfast, and realized I could hike out back from where I came and make a day hike out of the Sarmiento trail. I think this trail is overlooked by 95% of the trekkers here. It was not on my list of things to do but at least my day would be salvaged. Had it not been for this circumstance of not being able to get the campsite I wanted, I wouldn’t have hiked it. Walking towards the trail this is what I saw.
I started on the trail and immediately saw guanacos. A guanaco is a camel-like animal (without humps) and to me, looks like a cross between a lama and a camel. It’s scientific name is Lama guanicoe. This hike proved to be a guanacofest. They were prevalent all along the trail and I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Excuse the large number of photos but I was in love with these silly beasts.
At one point I even sat down next to some that were laying down. I slowly scooched my way closer to them.
I was within 10 feet of one when a fun thought came to mind. This would be a poor time for a puma attack. Could I be mistaken for a guanaco if that were the case? Then as I saw some of the insects crawling in the vegetation I was sitting in, I wondered if guanaco’s carried ticks. All fun thoughts. Eventually another guanaco came running and scared the ones I was sitting next to. That was my queue to continue down the trail.
The rest of the day will be continued on my next post day after tomorrow.