Max Maguire


Max Maguire

A novice in the world of travelling and backpacking (at least outside Europe), I spent my childhood making bats out of wood in a barn.
Looking forward to travelling the world. I also like tyres and moulding wet concrete.

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine December 16th 2011

This is part three of my account from Torres del Paine National Park. You might want to read them in order. Part One: Part Two: Day 6 - Cirque du Escondido Possibly the first of the campers to leave the site today, less faffing as we can walk up the valley without our tents or anything else we won't need for the 4 hour round trip. The walk went really well with some fabulous views all round accompanied by the thunder of collapsing ice bricks from the glacier and subsequent powder shower down the cliff. ... read more
Cirque du Valley Frances
Me, in the Valley
Lake Something

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine December 16th 2011

This is part two of my account from Torres del Paine National Park. You might want to read them in order. Part One: Part Three: Day 4 - Glacier, Paso, Cliffside Today started oh so early but it was oh so worthwhile. The first 3 hours were all uphill - a gradual incline through trees that would get smaller and smaller until they were no longer present, but not before making us look like giants on the Serengeti, interspersed with treacherous mud log walkways. Instead of taking the safer, longer, more snag... read more
The Ice
The Glacier

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine December 16th 2011

One of the planned highlights of the Patagonian wilderness is, without a doubt, the Torres del Paine National Park. I was lucky enough to be able to spare the time to complete the highly recommended circuit - an 8 day foray circumnavigating the granite mountains with everything on my back. To save mental capacity, I have decided to publish (the more interesting parts of) my personal diary documenting the voyage. The complete trip is very long, so I’ve done a nice thing and split it into numerous parts for you to read as you see fit: Part Two: Part Three: read more
Cliffs of Dixon
The travelled Valley
Glacial Lake

South America » Argentina » Chubut December 3rd 2011

Like most self respecting backpackers, I planned as little of my trip to this continent as I possibly could before embarking. Accordingly, The large southern extent of the continent was given a correspondingly large portion of my estimated time - a decision which I am certianly not regretting, having seen the likes of Pucón, Los Alerces, Bariloche etc. Something that I am finding a little unsettling is, as it turns out, the suitable destinations on the 'peninsula' are actually relatively small in number, given the extent of the area. This is something I couldn't quite comprehend until I got on a 24 hour bus between Esquel and El Calafate which, due to paved road restrictions, took me all the way to the East coast before cutting back towards the West for the Andes again. As you ... read more
Flatland II
Approach to Esquel

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Esquel November 26th 2011

Good afternoon everyone. I know that I haven't really been to Esquel before, but I honestly couldn't resist having a bit of pun with the title (hehe). Esquel is apparently an indigenous word meaning 'Land of Burrs' which the many holes in my shins and arms will support. This concerns a travel to another national park - I was told the most beautiful one out of all in Patagonia. I do intend to see most of them, so I will give you an update when that happens. This particular one goes by the title of "Los Alerces", referring to the ancient alerce trees that populate its many forests. These trees go very slowly and live for an incredibly long time - I was told there are many in the park over 3000 years old. In what ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region November 9th 2011

Chile is an incredible country - just look at a map. It's not the kind of country you would hear being used as a unit of area (like the more common Wales or Belgium standard sizes), in fact it's less than 10% of it's length at it's widest point. Is this the fewest dimensional country in the world? I would say, it's quite possibly the most isolated in the world. Despite it's incredible length (I believe the most North-South spanning territory), it is almost completely defined by geographical boundaries. I would concede that islands are probably more geographically defined. But other than those? Of all the border crossings into the country, probably the most obvious is Tacna in the far North - a simple foray along the coast into Peru. All the others are somewhat limited ... read more
Immigration on the Chilean Side

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo August 3rd 2009

Mused upon by me at some point, the frequency (around 1 a day) of earthquakes in New Zealand. Naturally, most of them are too small to worry about in any capacity, but the small set of islands in the midst of the South Pacific also is home to an incredibly violent geological past. Lake Taupo, for instance, the giant bullet hole in the centre of the North Island, was created by a gigantic explosion some 25,000 years ago. On my stay on the East Cape, we addressed the numerous safety measures in the event of an earthquake, most importantly, to run like mad up the nearest hill before the impending tidal wave strikes the coast. A side effect of this intensley meaty explosion at some point in the past is a rather attractive aerial view of ... read more
Hello Stranger...
Wish You Were Here

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast July 29th 2009

In contrast to the busy tourist bus route of the centre of the North Island, New Zealand's East Cape promised to be a venture into the rural, remote, and beautiful culture, lifestyle, and scenery that makes New Zealand unique. The first night was spend in a tiny lodge, boasting the only wild stingray feeding in the world. Unfortunately they had been scared away by a recent storm and would not respond despite the guide standing knee deep in the sea throwing out fish oil for a good hour. The saving grace was, without doubt, an immense barbeque and mussels banquet - apparently costing around $2 per kilo, a fraction of the price and a multiple of the quality found in the UK. Anyway, the real reason I am in New Zealand is (amongst others) to witness ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island July 23rd 2009

My main (vague) objective for this trip was to, above all else, have a decently wicked summer. Clearly New Zealand is the place to be, but the reason why I decided to visit the other side of the world escaped me, as I stepped out of Auckland International. New Zealand - possibly officially the furthest country from my home town of humble UK - is of course so far South it is experiencing the bleak midwinter as you read this.* Luckily for me though, Auckland (at least) in winter is indistiguishable from the UK in summer. Auckland is a city pinched by bays of two oceans. The harbour bridge (although not nearly as impressive as Sydney's) spans across to part of the North and complements the skyline's impressive spattering of skyscrapers. It is officially the largest ... read more
Auckland and Mount Eden Crater
Cathedral Cove and Guardian Seagull
Sheep Surfing!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 17th 2009

It is worth noting that I am currently wrestling with an onset of what I can only hope is delayed jetlag (although there are a number of things I have done in the last 48 hours that may be responsible), and so this blog may not begin as coherently as may be desired from all you eager readers. Anyway, for those of you who don't know, I am setting off to add the Southern Hemisphere to my conquered places list (a list which currently consists of The Northern Hemisphere ). This begins with a short stopover in Sydney. During the (double decker) train ride to the centre of the city, I considered treating my backpack like a dog to elicit strange and confused reactions from the general public, but decide against it. In retrospect this would ... read more
Sydney Opera House through a pinhole
Parlimental Building Pointed out by Kind Statue
Skyscrapers and Sky

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