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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine August 10th 2016

Patagonia. It all seems so far out. We think right away of the end of the world, the middle of nowhere, well, it is certainly around the corner from there, that is for sure. 5:30 hrs drive sound okay to get somewhere more or less exotic but this one we did during the night, crossing borders in gravel and dirt roads, through the mountains and with a thick fog, and no map at all we might add - although we were very much prepared with our world wide tom-tom, this one didn't have anything but Europe on it as we found out starting our journey - someone at the shop forgot to mention we needed to download the rest of it. We wanted adventurous? We certainly got it. Pure on instinct and gut feelings is that ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine April 7th 2016

Torres del Paine We were now free and clear of any jobs and Spanish classes as we crossed back over the border into Chile for our grand finale in South America. The goal was to hike the "O" circuit in Torres del Paine national park in southern Patagonia. The trek would circumnavigate around the outside edges of the entire park, all the while setting up camp at specific areas called campementos or Refugio's. Some of these sites were nothing more than an open field to set up a tent while some of the others had huts and even a small general store to buy certain supplies, such as chocolate or beer. We planned on the trek taking us 8 days to complete, give or take a day. But first we needed to get to Puerto Natales, ... read more
All of the clothes for an 8 day trek
First official picture of the trailhead smelling nice and clean!
Off we go!

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 31st 2016

This morning we were picked up for a day trip into the Torres del Paine National Park with guide Eduardo and driver Gregorio. Gregorio proved to be an excellent wildlife spotter and he stopped the minibus on the side of the road on numerous occasions so that we could see eagles, condors, juvenile condors, caracas, a skunk, rheas and guanacos ... all of those before we got into the national park! We stopped at a view point at the end of Lago Sarmiento from which there is a fabulous view of the three granite torres (towers) for which the national park is named. Well, sometimes there is a fabulous view of the towers. Unfortunately this morning they were shrouded in cloud. Although it was very cold this morning it was mainly sunny with only patches of ... read more
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The cloud shrouded granite towers of Torres Del Paine NP
Towards Torres Del Paine NP

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 11th 2016

Another day at sea as we began cruising Canal Sarmiento. Unfortunately the weather remained bleak and the temperature dropped into single figures; so glad now that I lugged my puffer jacket half way around the world!! I broke out the Vegemite this morning to have on my toast for breakfast. I'm trying to eat fairly lightly out of deference to my dodgy digestive system and our travel papers arrived from Bunnick in a wallet that very thoughtfully included some individual serves of Vegemite. I need my guts to have settled down by later today because we have booked in for a degustation dinner in the Pinnacle Grill. We had a long day of cruising today before we arrived at our first point of interest - Paso Summer at 4.00pm. Captain PJ told us earlier in the ... read more
Paso Shoal
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine February 28th 2016

Zwei Sonnentage in Punta Arenas fuellten wir mit einem Besuch des Friedhofes, der die Einwanderungsgeschichte der Stadt wiederspiegelt. (Kuriositaet: "Grab der deutschen Krankenkasse") und dem Erwerb eines neuen Telefons fuer Wessel, da das alte einem kaputten Ladegeraet zum Opfer fiel. Sehr spannend, sowohl technisch als auch sprachlich! In Puerto Natales am Fjord Ultima Esperanza haben wir Heidrun's Geburtstag verbracht. Wir liefen zu einem spektakulaeren Hotel, das einst eine Schafsfleischverarbeitungsstation war. Hier wurden Schafe geschlachtet und tiefgefroren nach England verschifft. Das Gebaeude verbindet sehr geschmackvoll seine Geschichte mit einer luxurioes eingerichteten Herberge. Hier nahmen wir ein kleines Mittagessen zu uns. Das richtige Highlight des Tages war aber das Essen im Restaurant Afrigonia. Ein Afrikaner hat es gewagt und die Afrikanische Kueche mit der Patagonisc... read more
Torres del Paine
Lago Nordenskjoeld (in Chile!)
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine February 20th 2016

Samedi 20 février, Puerto Natales - Patagonie Simon Un peu de repos ça ne fait pas de mal! On vient de terminer le trek des Torres del Paine, le plus courru de la Patagonie chilienne et apparemment du pays tout entier! Beaucoup de jeunes chiliens sur les chemins, des 18/20 ans surtout, ce trek est une sorte d'examen de passage ici, un rôle initiatique permettant de passer de l'enfance à l'âge adulte... Ayant fait le GR 20 l'été dernier, on abordait cette rando plutôt confiants d'autant que les dénivelés et les distances nous semblaient plutôt raisonnables, c'était sans compter la folle météo patagonienne...!! La Patagonie c'est une sorte d'immense machine à laver, un sèche-linge aussi, le tout à ciel ouvert...! Grosses averses, petites éclaircies et puissantes rafales de vent se succèdent sans cesse si bien qu'on ... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 26th 2016

Park Map: http://globe-trekking.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/map_torres_del_paine5web.jpg After Antarctica (See Antarctic Cruise Blogs) we head straight to El Calafate, Argentina, and check out Los Glaciers National Park. This is a beautiful place, but the crème de mint of our Patagonia plans is Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We take an early morning bus to Puerto Natalas, Chile on the first Wednesday of the new year. This is our home base for hiking in Torres del Paine. Walking to our guesthouse we are really disappointed by the condition of the town. It is really run down, not attractive at all. The parks are dilapidated and dirty. Garbage is on the side of the road. Shaggy stray dogs wander around everywhere. For a place that gets as many tourists as this I was e... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 10th 2016

Vacationed in the beautiful Torres Del Paine National Park Patagonia Chile. What an incredible experience. Torres Del Paine is quite possible one of the most spectacular laces on this wonderful planet. The Majestic Los Cuernos Mountains and the Lago Grey Glacier command your attention. The mountain is like no other that I have had the opportunity to see. there are numerous hiking trails and of course you want to glimps the Guanaco(in Llama family). You definitely become one with nature.... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine December 24th 2015

Torres del Paine As the weather is so variable at the Torres I waited until there was an accurate forecast before booking my trip across the border and back into Chile. Unfortunately by the time I had worked out the best time to go the only accommodation available was $500 US a night, hence this became a day trip!In hindsight this was the right call. The guide told me they had only seen the towers two days of the last seven, while I had a bright morning with some cloud on the tops which cleared into a glorious sunny afternoon with amazing views of some of the most stunning mountains I have ever seen.The day started at 6.45 in an 'overland' type truck for the drive across the steppe, mainly on dirt roads. Apart from the ... read more
Rheas, S American Ostich
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Falls near Torres del Paine

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine December 22nd 2015

Torres del Paine has been on our list for a long time and I won't try to describe it but hope the photos do it some justice. We’d treated ourselves to a stay at one of the very few hotels located inside the national park which included a 5 hours transfer from Punta Arenas. Ruben, the driver didn’t speak much English but I ended up sitting in the front of the bus and so (where I could!) ended up acting as translator for the Australian family that were with us. Ruben was very chatty, telling us lots about what we were seeing as we went along and stopping every now and then to let us take pictures. For lunch we went to an estancia owned by the family that own the hotel. We had a tour ... read more
The great escape!
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The three towers




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