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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 22nd 2009

On 31 October 2009 the highlight of my trip to South America began. The much anticipated Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine was just a short plane and bus ride away. And after all the hassle of trying to book Sky Airline tickets, the airline came up trumps. Due to a brief stop over in Puerto Montt on the way from Santiago to Punta Arenas we were fed twice within the space of 2 hours and were even given extra leg room seats without asking, it was a life of luxury after all my bad nights on buses. The only down side to the flight was the landing in Punta Arenas. With Patagonia being mainly flat and exposed to extreme winds, the landing over the ocean was hair raising to say the least. The plane was being ... read more
Fist view of Glacier Grey
A small part of the glacier wall

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 22nd 2009

After 7 days of riding on gravel we have two 'rest' days in El Calafate. However, this is the gateway to Glaciers National Park - hence, sitting relaxing is not an option. So we climb back on the bike to go and get up close to the Perito Moreno glacier. And we really did get close, last time I was here it was way back across the other side of the lake. This time its right up against the near shore, actually making contact down below us. Its late in the day so the low sunlight is glancing off the icy peaks make it glow blue. We sit watching patiently and quietly (all the big tourist buses have gone), only its not quiet as the glacier is constantly creaking and groaning, and then suddenly there will ... read more
Perito Moreno Glacier
glaciers on Lago Argentino
here it is

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 19th 2009

Every now and then a stone would clatter off the undercarriage, I almost expected one to rip trough the floor. It's early morning in South Patagonia and we are on a rough unpaved road heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in South America. Well, that's what the guide books proclaim. My first sight of the park certainly lived up to expectation. From a distance I was reminded of fairytales of a weary traveller who seeks out a kingdom where help and salvation lie. The traveller stands at the edge of a forest and in the distant valley below a great castle appears, built upon a hill. A castle strong and immense. The majestic granite towers - or "torres" in Spanish - are the centre piece of the national park, ... read more
Glacier Grey
Walking in a winter wonderland
What we saw.....

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 14th 2009

We intended to send episode number 2 of our blog about a week ago but for reasons that you will discover in episode 3 which will follow very shortly, we have been in the middle of nowhere with no internet or mobile reception for the last few days. 2 November (day 9) - Peninsula Valdes The 5.15am start wasn't too bad, especially as they didn't serve breakfast on the plane (they had forgotten to load it on) so we managed to sleep the whole way. James is actually a closet plane spotter as he loves telling me what kind of plane we are on, how many engines it has etc - this one was apparently a very old McDonnell Douglas 80, all I cared about was that it got us to Trelew. We smuggled some food ... read more
Male with his harem
Albino southern right whale
James and a whale

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine October 15th 2009

Just back from 5 days hiking the W Trail in the Torres del Paine. My words and pictures can't tell or show how fantastic this place is, its a real wonderland. We were lucky enough to experience the whole range of Patagonian weather - it started sunny, then we had gale force winds (strong enough to blow you off your feet !!!) and a blizzard, then overcast, then 15cm of snow, then complete calm with blue sunny skies and finally clear blue skies and more gale force winds. At times we were in T shirts at others we were in thermals, fleeces and waterproof trousers and jackets. This was just what we wanted, it wouldn have been as good had the weather been good the whole time. The first three nights we stayed in refugios which ... read more
Mirador Las Torres
Sendero Mirador de Las Torres
Las Torres To Los Cuernos


South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine October 11th 2009

After visiting the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina, it was time to cross the border to Chile and do some serious hiking! For this adventure we hopped on a bus and 6 hours later arrived in Puerto Natales...the jumping off point for the Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine. We hiked and camped in this park for 5 days. We were so lucky with the amazing weather we had and the great people we met along the way! The route we hiked was called the "W" and covered about 90 km. ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine September 29th 2009

Hey Fans, nach vielm Wandern in El Calafate und El Chalten sind wir auf den Geschmack gekommen und sind nach Chile gefahren um den Torres del Paine Nationalpark zu bezwingen. IN Puerto Natales haben wir uns von unserem sehr urigen Schweizer Hostelbesitzer Camping Sachen geliehen und sind losgezogen... 5 Tage campen und wandern. Man muss erwaehnen das es dort im Sueden noch recht kalt war, es hat teilweise sogar geschneit. Aber wir sind ja nicht aus Zucker und haben dieses Abenteuer gewagt und hatten als Belohnung auch viel Glueck mit dem wetter und eineige wunderschoene Ausblicke. Es gibt verschieden Routen die man durch den Park laufen kann, wir wollten das W machen. wohl die meist gelaufene Strecke und fuer 5 Tage perfekt. Das ist der ganze Nationalpark... bloss das man mal sieht wie riesig. img=http://... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine September 17th 2009

My alarm went off at 4.45am on Thursday 17 September and the minibus picked me up at 5.30am. I slept for the first 2 hours of the journey but for the next 2 hours I stared out of the window admiring the breathtaking views of mountains, lakes and wildlife including various birds like pink flamingos. After about 4 hours of driving we reached the Chilean border and I received a big exit stamp for Argentina before getting another big entry stamp for Chile. Another hour or so of driving and we reached the National Park where we paid the usual fee (about GBP10), the same as all previous NP fees. If the scenery was spectacular on the journey to the Park, it got a whole lot better once inside. We stopped first when a number of ... read more
Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine May 16th 2009

Los Extraño Ama y Apa. Muchos pero muchos besos les mando! A pues, aqui les mando mas fotos. Espero que les gusten : )... read more
Who is 30?
Torres Del Piane
kat y yo

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine May 15th 2009

La Patagonia: Pero Cual? Las dos. Cual Dos? Los dos lados, che! Cuales. Chile y Argentina, po! Mi primer parasda fue la de Chile. Torres Del Paine. Famoso por su circuito ¨W¨. A five day trek to be made in the summer. But arriving in the ¨winter¨, I took my chances to have the park to myself, this meant less TOURISTS, less wind (cough, cough) and well, lots of mountains! KAt, my austrian friend, and I had just finished a three day kayak trip and we were ready for some more. A five or 6 day back country expedition was about to begin. But were we ready!? WE had all our gear, yes, i rented a -10 C´bag (mine is SHIT, good for tropical climates only!), our food and good spirits. Come on, we had ... read more
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