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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas March 14th 2015

After reuniting with the girls, we decided to postpone our Torres del Paine tour for 2 days and start on Monday. Mostly because we were all a little ill and had planned in some days extra if something like that happens. So after having a long walk around the city, we pretty much crashed into our beds, falling asleep right away. We had managed though to book a tour to the penguin island Isla Magdalena, that would start the next day at 3pm. Although it was a little pricey we decided that we wanted to get a close up look at the penguins. And we did! But the fort thing that we felt when we got off the boat was the ice old wind blowing directly into our faces. But after seeing the first penguin walking ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas March 7th 2015

Punta Arenas Chile….Strait of Magellan, Sheep Ranching & Dolphins We left Ushuaia late as a woman on our ship had a stroke and an ambulance was sent for. This meant that there was a possibility that we would not get to see the glaciers as we made our way up the Beagle Channel toward Punta Arenas. But… the gods were with us and even though darkness was coming on and there were lots of clouds and some rain, we passed by a glacier before darkness fell. This glacier was up on a mountain and making its way down a pass. Glistening white against the stark vegetation-less mountains it looked close enough to touch with beautiful waterfalls. After taking some pictures, cold, wind and rain finally forced us inside. The next morning dawned still and with a ... read more
4 Isla Riesco and Fitzroy Channel
2 Cara Cara's on the Pampas
6 Dipping Sheep

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas March 2nd 2015

Rounding the Tip of South America, Cape Horn, Chile….A Bunch of Rocks So… we left the stark but beautiful Falkland Islands and our journey continued to the west and south as we begin to go “Around the Horn”. We’ve read about the adventures of seamen such as Magellan, Cortez and others as they attempted to go around the horn. We have heard that it can be clear as glass but more likely and usually the waters are rough, rough, rough. We are in a VERY large ship so are in hopes that we will make it without mishap. As we go to sleep in our cabin we can feel the ship starting to rock. The captain has told us that the waters are exceptionally rough ahead and so he will change course and go toward the ... read more
1A. Turbulent Atlantic
1B. Cape Horn
2. Cope, The ship and Cape Horn

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas February 9th 2015

Our flight from Santiago (via 10hrs in Puerto Montt airport!) landed after midnight in Punta Arenas so we ventured out into the cold of Patagonia for the first time for a very short time before quickly retreating to bed. Despite being the middle of summer, people were rugged up as though it was winter in Tasmania! We enjoyed hearty hot breakfast from our hostel Hostal 53 Sur with other guests from all over the Americas before we stepped out to collect our campervan. Paul had made the road trip suggestion very early on in our planning of this trip but we didn't follow through on it after discussing the various pitfalls including our lack of language if we were to get lost or have mechanical issues. However, wanting a bit of a change of routine from ... read more
Abandoned fishing villages along the coast of Tierra del Fuego
King penguins

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas January 30th 2015

Na onze intensieve hike in Torres del Paine zijn we blij om weer terug in de bewoonde wereld te zijn. Aangekomen in Puerto Natales blijven we nog een nacht bij Oscar en Gloria om uit te rusten. Ook nu zijn er veel andere gasten aanwezig van over de hele wereld. Zo ook een wazige hippie uit Polen die een film wil maken over de vrijheid op Antarctica. Hij wacht in Chili op toestemming van de wetenschappelijke crew aldaar. Tijdens het eten haalt hij grappige goocheltrucs uit en vertelt ons wilde verhalen over zijn bezoek aan Amsterdam. Geregeld valt hij languit op de bank in slaap gevolgd door de zin “I have no time!”. De volgende ochtend blijkt hij verbannen naar een tent in de tuin: Gloria wil niet meer dat hij in huis hangt. Wel met ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas January 24th 2015

Het is alweer een week geleden dat we ons vorige verhaal eindigden in Valdivia. Inmiddels zijn we 1400 kilometer zuidelijker en vele mooie ervaringen in Patagonië rijker. De aftrap van onze reis door deze bijzondere regio begon in Puerto Montt. Deze havenstad is gelegen in het zuidelijkste puntje van Sur Chico – daar waar het vasteland van Chili eindigt en Patagonië begint. Puerto Montt staat bekend om haar (inmiddels weer) florerende zalmindustrie. Het is een gezellige drukte als we aankomen in het stadje. Vissersboten varen af en aan en op de kade worden vis, schaal- en schelpdieren en andere levensmiddelen verkocht. Onze gids brengt ons naar een piepklein restaurantje waar gezellige oude dames ons heerlijke verse zalm voorschotelen. Ook proeven we pisco sour: een lokaal drankje van een soort brandewijn met 7up, lekker! Na een bezoek ... read more
Moeder pinguïn verzorgt kind
Dag 3
Voor de gletsjer

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas January 20th 2015

So having seen the only sight in El Calafate it was time to get down to it and move on , to get to Ushuaia. Why to Ushuaia you might ask yourself, well it's there and was an itch to scratch, I filled up the tank and hit the road, ever flat ever brown grey only the road the sky and me. Monotony again, but when I stopped for petrol I was hailed by the Argentinian boys who had a little picnic in the lee of the petrol station, so I was invited. Great, the had camping chairs and a craving board and a knife and a big salami and cheese so went an hour there enjoying life. People came up to me at the station wanting to know about the big guy with the orange ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas January 13th 2015

Punta Arenas, Chile - Ferry We saw our Austrian RV friends on the Ferry to Chile. There we got to know them better, great conversations and kids playing, friendships were forever forged. We arrived in Punta Arenas went grocery shopping for the next few days of travel and then decided to go out for dinner .....our weekly treat! Had a fabulous dinner at a wood burning pizzeria with our news friends.... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas December 1st 2014

Our last day In Punta Arenas was at leisure. We got up at a civilized time, and had one of those giant breakfasts that were inevitable at the hotels. I honestly had every intention of not eating very much, because we had two additional food stops planned for that day, but it is impossible not to eat in excess at these occasions. We checked out the Spa and pool area in the hotel, which was spectacular, and also did a walkabout of the Casino, which was not too large, by our standards, but nice. Our hotel was perfectly located, only a couple of blocks from the Plaza Mayor, where we headed to look at some of the goods in the stalls that dot the entire plaza. Lots of wool goods, as you can imagine. Legend says ... read more
Cocineria
Kiosko Roca
Mercado 1

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Punta Arenas November 27th 2014

My first day in the Chilean Patagonia area I checked into the beautiful hotel where we were staying in Punta Arenas, Dreams Hotel, unpacked my warmer gear for the trip to the island, and met our driver from the tour company in charge of showing us around the area (Patagonia Carioca, named that because of one of the owners being from Rio de Janeiro) in the Lobby promptly at 4:30 PM to meet the ferry. The ride to the ferry was not long, Punta Arenas is not a very large town and, guided by the advice of our knowlegeable guides, were some of the first to board and, managed to snatch a prime location table inside the ferry, next to a large window with full view of the passing scenery. The deck was open, but the ... read more
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