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January 25th 2007
Published: January 27th 2007
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Since the last blog entry from Easter Island, Last Train To Transcentral have upped the pace even more and covered a whopping 6000km by plane, boat, bus and foot to reach Punta Arenas, one of Patagonia┬┤s southernmost cities. From Easter Island we flew back to Santiago, took an overnight bus south to Valdivia and pushed on down to Puerto Montt, the capital of Chile┬┤s Region X. The sun was shini... Read Full Entry



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Glacier Grey, Parque Nacional Torres del PaineGlacier Grey, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Glacier Grey, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

This ice flow stretches as far as the eye can see. Amazing sight.
Valley Francais, Parque Nacional Torres del PaineValley Francais, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Valley Francais, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

View of the Frenchman hanging glacier.
Parque Nacional Torres del PaineParque Nacional Torres del Paine
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Cat does the early morning stretches.
Woodpeckers, Parque Nacional Torres del PaineWoodpeckers, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Woodpeckers, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

A pair of very rare and very loud Magallenic woodpeckers. The male on the left has a red head.
Torres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del PaineTorres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Multicoloured, massive granite towers.
Torres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del PaineTorres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Dissapointing view from Mirador Torres after four days of trekking.
Cat, Parque Nacional Torres del PaineCat, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
Cat, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

Never mind we survived the W.
Welcome to Penguin World, Isla MagellenaWelcome to Penguin World, Isla Magellena
Welcome to Penguin World, Isla Magellena

The best Island in the World. 100,000 penguins.
Cat and Friends,  Isla MagdalenaCat and Friends,  Isla Magdalena
Cat and Friends, Isla Magdalena

These penguins seemed to have no fear of humans and popped up to peck Cats gloves.
What you looking at?What you looking at?
What you looking at?

Isla Magdalena, Penguin Colony
Penguin Hug, Isla MagdalenaPenguin Hug, Isla Magdalena
Penguin Hug, Isla Magdalena

Everything is OK son.
Pat, Museo Naval y Maritimo, Punta Arenas, ChilePat, Museo Naval y Maritimo, Punta Arenas, Chile
Pat, Museo Naval y Maritimo, Punta Arenas, Chile

Pat Crean researching Tom Crean.
The Crew of The EnduranceThe Crew of The Endurance
The Crew of The Endurance

Tom Crean, second from left, second row from bottom.



27th January 2007

wonderful adventure
wow, you guys have had one hell of a trip! i just wanted to add something about bernardo o'higgins. despite what wikipedia may say, he did not found the city of punta arenas. punta arenas (the oldest chilean city in patagonia) was founded in 1843, but o'higgins died in 1842, exiled in peru. both argentina and chile disputed the southern region of south america and the area was only divided between the two countries around 1880, while chile was fighting bolivia and peru in the war of the pacific. bolivia and peru were hoping to draw argentina into the confilct against chile. argentina would have attacked in the south and taken all of what is now southern chile. chile knew it could not defeat all three countries, so in a treaty with argentina, chile renouced all claims to what is now the argentine patagonia (it had previously claimed al this land to the atlantic) and the boundaries between the two countries were set, similar to what they are today. o'higgins wanted chile to expand southward but the chilean patagonia was only secured around 1880, but he was long dead when this actually took place and didn't actually do any of it himself. cheers, and enjoy the rest of your time in south america!

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