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South America » Chile » Araucanía » Pucón January 24th 2008

Puerto Natales - Puerto Montt Following my trekking in Torres Del Paine, i thought it was time to put my feet up and take it easy for a few days. Luckily, there is a very convenient way to do this from Puerto Natales travelling North, by spending 4 days on a ferry. A company called Navimag run the route and it travels through the Fjordes of Western Chile, on its way gradually towards Puerto Montt, 1,460km to the North. The boat is essentially a converted freight ferry, which now takes up to 200, mostly backpackers, on the route each week. In order to make the trip a little more exciting, they arrange talks and show movies through the trip to try and keep peoples interest alive. I have to admit it was the first time this ... read more
Villarica at Sunrise
Volcan Villarica crater
On the edge

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 17th 2008

After 5 weeks in Argentina, mucho vino tinto, many fine steaks and some great places visited, i have finally crossed into Chile where i will be travelling the length of the country in the coming month (although i guess to travel the width of this country only actually takes a few hours and doesn't sound quite as impressive!). After a brief 1 day stopover on the way North in Punta Arenas, i arrived in Puerto Natales, a further 250km North, just over a week ago. Puerto Natales is a pretty small, port town with only 2 main streets, a lot of wind and many dodgy Chilean sailors. Not a lot going for it on its own (Or maybe it does if you like the salty sea dog type), but the reason why I stopped off here ... read more
Torres with random hanger on
Fancy a climb?
Refugio Dickson

South America » Argentina » Tierra del Fuego » Ushuaia January 7th 2008

After 5 weeks of travelling South, I have reached the most Southerly main town in the world, Ushuaia on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra Del Fuego. And in the famous words of Yazz and the Plastic Population (5 weeks at #1, August ´88), "The only way is up, for You and me now...." (Repeat until bored). For the next 10 weeks i will be travelling North, from this cold desolate place, around 3,850 miles, to finish up on the equator in Equador at the end of March. I have just been in Ushuaia for the last 3 days, after a short flight down from Calafate. The town sits in a really pretty location, sandwiched between snowcovered peaks behind it and the Beagle channel in front of it. This channel separates it from the ... read more
Munro bagging in Tierra Del Fuego
Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel Beyond
Just to prove i did actually make it

South America » Argentina » Santa Cruz » El Calafate January 3rd 2008

Ok, so before i start this blog i have to tell you about the most surreal hairdressing experience i have ever had, just now (I mean, surely everyone can have surreal hairdressing experiences, even nearly bald people!). I went into this place to get my hair cut and this hippy guy comes out. Before he even starts, he has to sort the music out as he can´t cut without The Police playing. So when Roxanne starts up, he can then start. He talks throughout the haircut, despite me only understanding about 2% of what he is saying. I definitely picked up he talked about king crabs, and a friend of his who is the Ju Jitsu champion of Chile and Brazil. He then offers me some dope while the haircut is going on. When i turn ... read more
Iceberg(s) ahead Captain!
Where´s the single malt?
Upsala Glacier tumbling down to Lake Argentina

South America » Argentina » Chubut » Valdes Peninsula December 29th 2007

It feels like i am covering a lot of ground in Argentina in a very short period of time. But thats because i am quickly realising its a massive country to try and get around. The distances to cover are fairly immense. In the last week since leaving Iguazu, i have taken 1 flight and 3 overnight bus trips to stay in 2 different towns. Its a bit crazy and i am forgetting what day is what already as they tend to merge into one a bit. In the last week i stayed in Bariloche firstly. Its a lovely town in the Lake District of Argentina. The town sits right on a lake, with snow covered mountains surrounding the town. The town has a very Swiss feel about it, with chalets everywhere and it produces the ... read more
View from Refugio Lopez
Monument of the Welsh landing in Patagonia
The happy couple

South America » Argentina » Misiones » Iguazú National Park December 23rd 2007

Happy Christmas everyone first off. I´m thinking of all of my friends and family out here today so I hope you have a great festive break and 2008. Feliz Navidad. As i am a few days behind in blogging, although this is about Iguazu, i am actually now in Bariloche in the Argentine Lake District for Christmas day. It will probably be a walk in the sunshine followed by a big steak later for my Christmas day. So, on to Iguazu.....There are a few excursions that were definites on my hit list of things to see during this trip in South America. The first one of these i planned to check off was Iguazu Falls in Argentina. I have seen many pictures in the planning of this trip of the falls, but the reality far exceeds ... read more
Another Waterfall
Devils Throat Waterfall from Brazil
Garganta Del Diablo

South America » Argentina » Mendoza December 19th 2007

Since the football game last Saturday, i have had another week in Buenos Aires. As well as continuing my Spanish lessons (To perfect in a very dodgy style my Spanish before heading into the real world), I've been to see a Tango show, went down to look around La Boca area of Buenos Aires and had fairly big Friday and Saturday nights out in Buenos Aires. This coincided with Helen arriving in to the city on Friday (but surely only coincidental!) We had a weekend together around Buenos Aires, before heading on to Mendoza in the West of Argentina on Sunday together for 3 days. Mendoza sits at the base of the Andes and is the centre of the wine growing industry in Argentina. Around the city are hundreds of vineyards and bodegas, with vines stretching ... read more
Helen Wine Tasting
Where the magic happens
Helen ordered us a small vat to take home

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires December 11th 2007

Since i arrived here, the people i have met here (and actually people like Paul for a long time before I arrived here) had been telling me i had to go to see a football game while i was in Buenos Aires. So, last Saturday, i was at a loose end and that is exactly what i did. And what a great experience. I´d highly recommend anyone go and see a game who is in this city. Now i know what Paul had been ranting on about all these years! Now, anyone who knows me at all knows i don´t really follow football at home. But for people here it is like a religious experience going to a game. Boca Juniors and River Plate are the two biggest teams in Argentina, both based in BA. I ... read more
The Conductors!
The wrong Stadium

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires December 9th 2007

For those of you who thought (hoped) i might have come down with some nasty disease and have to spend most of my sabbatical in bed recovering, i am sorry to disappoint! I´m in Buenos Aires Baby! One and a bit weeks in and i am adapting to life fairly well i think. Once i got over the smell of urine and sweat everywhere, the constant noise and pollution, and the fact i can´t understand the majority of what anyone says to me in any situation, i was fine. But hey, its still all better than London in the Winter! Overall, despite all of the above, i am liking my time in Buenos Aires a lot. Its actually quite a pleasant place to spend some time with some lovely park areas and squares dotted around the ... read more
Presidential Palace....with accompanying protesters!
Mausoleum Envy?
San Telmo Sunday market

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London November 28th 2007

The time has come. I have turned 30 and unlike many of my friends who are settling down and having kids, I am regressing in maturity and heading off down the backpacker road frequently travelled! I leave on Saturday for Buenos Aires and the plan is to travel on from there, after 2 weeks of intensive Spanish learning. Much as i am sure i will miss terribly another depressing British winter, failure again of Ireland to win the 6 Nations and the Monday morning drag out of bed to Uxbridge for work, I think i can handle it all to go somewhere i have always wanted to explore and travel around. I'll try and keep this blog reasonably up to date, and i look forward to the many abusive comments from you along the way. ... read more
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