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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 19th 2011

No wonder why they call it Torres del Paine, because it gives you pain, much pain. We started out on a beautiful sunny day with high spirits and excitment. That did not last very long. As soon as we set up our tent we headed out for our first long hike. The begining of the hike was beautiful with clear skies. About an hour into our hike the rain started and did not end. We were still in high spirits thought because we had rain gear and didnt mind some wetness. After the third hour of it raining hard non stop we made it to the final destination. We took a few pics then made our long way back down to our tent. By the time the fifth hour came of non stop rain we were ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine December 14th 2010

Friday 22nd October 2010 A long day travelling starting at 5am with a minibus to Rio Grande, we switched onto a coach after a couple of hours wait in the middle of nowhere and the highlight of our day was being traipsed through customs! At one point we thought we might be stranded on a dirt road when our coach driver told us we needed to change buses when all we could see was dessert and not a vehicle in sight. Thankfully another bus did turn up and we completed the final part of our journey to Puerto Natales. On arrival, after 15 hours we arrived at Yaganhouse and Paulina told us about the national park and we ate before bed. Saturday 23rd October 2010 A well deserved day off as Joanne was ill so hiking ... read more
Torres del Paine National Park
Richard at the Torres
Pink Sunrise

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 29th 2010

So we have now made it out of El Calafate and crossed over the border again back into Chile heading further south through Patagonia and into the Torres del Paine national park. At over 12,000 hectares, this was one of the most eagerly anticipated places on our journey but who knew that when we got off the truck at our first campsite it would be so windy. We hadn't been overly prepared for this leg of the trip, and were very pleased to have made a last minute dash to the supermarket the night before to buy a couple more sleeping bags. It has turned out to be the best £10 spent on the trip so far. We were too slow out of the truck, and missed out on one of the sheltered spots, but managed ... read more
Lake View
The Towers
Made it

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 27th 2010

Hola, We left El Calafate on a bus to Puerto Natales that was supposed to take five hours. Argentinian immigration decided to let two busses go in front of us because the had less people in them and Chilean immigration originally did not give Peter and entry stamp, then thay gave him an entry AND exit stamp, then they crossed out the exit stamp. As a result, the bus took 7 hours to arrive. The saving grace was that "princess" was not on the bus. Did we tell you about princess? We don't think so. Here's the story about princess. PRINCESS Ahhh princess... the kind of traveler you do not want to have to deal with on a long journey. However, with the luck bestowed upon us, we encountered such creature, obviously completely out of her ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 20th 2010

I’ve been told that some people are anxiously awaiting my inaugural blog post, so I figured I’d take the time to write about our week-long excursion to southern Chile. It turns out that this area provided quite a bit to write about. So, here it goes… As many people know, travelling (especially for the length we are travelling) can have its ups and downs. If you've read Erin's blog entries up to this point, you probably think our trip thus far has been nothing but magical and has been void of any hitches. Surprisingly, that's not a case of Erin just looking at everything through the rose colored lenses of her Kaenon sunglasses, but in all reality, everything (the weather, the accommodations, the food, the travel arrangements, the people, the places, etc.) was truly working in ... read more
Pretty Patagonia
Ready! Set! Hike!
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 16th 2010

É, amigo, último dia de Torres del Paine. Dentro da barraca os últimos a acordar foram nossos pés e joelhos. E nós, que até entao vivemos quase todas as intemperies possiveis, conhecemos a que nos faltava: chuva. Mas, no entanto, chuvinha zona sul. Coisa pouca. Metemos nossas mochilas e partimos feroz, afinal, só o cume interessava. Como de hábito, as meninas foram na frente desbravando a trilha com seus bastoes mágicos enquanto eu vinha em seguida geralmente 20 min depois, correndo loucamente pelas trilhas elameadas nos pontos de vale, achando que era malandrao. Encontrei com elas na subida final do nosso objetivo. Esse objetivo era um lugar de onde se veria as tais Torres del Paine. No final quase que escalávamos mais do que subíamos, ventava e chovia desgracadamente enquanto eu falava pros ceus: "Aahhhhhhh maluco! ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 15th 2010

- Bom dia Erika! - Bom dia!! - Bom dia Flavinha! - Bom dia!! - Bom dia mosquitos! - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!! Naquela noite aprendemos a falta que nos fez o Off vendido que nao compramos. No frio dos infernos inversos, degustei meu leite matutino e ja estava pronto para comecar o dia. O detalhe é que desde a noite anterior, com nossos copos mal lavados, todas as coisas comidas tinham um toque de aspargos, da sopa anterior. E digamos que leite com aspargos nao ganhara o premio de culinaria de 2010. Era um dia duro, tinhamos que caminhar o dia inteiro ate chegar ao campamento de Las Torres. O dia era so isso, mas o so era so pra caramba. O dia estava lindo e encontramos varias vezes nossos amigos chilenos ao longo do caminho. Foi a ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 14th 2010

De volta ao oficio da escrita! Como ja dito pela Flavilda, a lentidao tecnologica de algumas cidades que passamos nos impossibilitou de atualizar nosso lerdissimo blog. Mas assim como um jovem tarado, agora estamos tentando tirar o atraso! Acordamos bonito no nosso terceiro dia em Torres del Paine. Apos a estrategia de trocar o local de nossa nave mae, passamos uma noite, digamos assim, bem mais confortavel. E com isso nao é luxo nao, só digo que a Flavinha conseguiu dormir. Arrumamos tudo e picamos a mula pro que seria o Acampamento Italiano. 3 horinhas de caminhada e mochilao pesado feroz nas costas, chegamos. Aproveitando que cheguei meia hora antes das chicas, fiz a gentileza de armar a barraca, no bom sentido, claro! Nisso chegou um senhor com cara de polones, e vendo que nossa barraca ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 13th 2010

Hola!!!!! Ficamos muito tempo sem escrever porque em El Chalten a internet nao funcionava! Mas isso é um capitulo a parte, mais la na frente!!! Entao vamos lá, voltando pro dia 13: O nosso objetivo era fazer uma trilha chamada 'Circuito W', que sao 76km e que queriamos fazer em 4 dias. Dia 1 do circuito W: Acampamento do Lago Pehoe - Glaciar Grey - 22km de caminhada!!! ... depois de uma noite excelente e bem dormida por mim e pela Erika... Deixamos nossas coisas no camping e comecamos as 9:00 o nosso primeiro dia e primeira perna do circuito W. Comecamos bem, com Marcello (depois de muito roncar a noite) cantando numa subida interminavel (que depois pareceria brincadeira de crianca) sem perder o folego e animando a gente. Depois de 3,5 de caminhada e uma ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 12th 2010

Maluco, o que é o Parque Nacional de Torres del Paine!? É do tipo, bate qualquer foto que fica ótima!!!! De Porto Natales ao parque nacional sao 2 horas de onibus. Pra variar dormimos quase ate a entrada do parque e acordamos com a visao de uma lagoa verde esmeralda (sei que era verde poque a Erika e o Marcello disseram!) com montanhas geladas ao fundo. Pagamos nossas entradas do parque na Portaria da Laguna Amarga e entramos de novo no onibus pois iríamos comecar nossa caminhada pelo outro lado do parque. Mais uma hora de viagem e chegamos a Portaria Pudeto. Pegamos nossas coisas, deixamos encostadas num montinho de mato e fomos fazer um esquenta de trilha até a cachoeira do Salto Grande. Ventava mais do que em Arraial do Cabo!!!! Voltamos, pegamos um catamara, ... read more




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