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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine January 4th 2013

We left Tierre del Fuego to drive to the Torres del Paine national park, both places I’ve spent years dreaming about going to. After spending New Years Eve in the Land of Fire its time to trek the Towers of Blue. But first a two day drive to get there. Reversing our last journey of 2012 we left Ushuaia and headed back through Patagonia, across the border into Chile and on to the ferry to cross the Magellan Straights. Camp for the night was another wild camp, no facilities but our very own shipwreck and haunted house! As light fell I clambered over the wreck and explored the houses before retiring back to the campfire for dinner and a quiz. Thankfully I didn’t explore the houses in too much detail…. Some friends attempted to camp at ... read more
Driving towards Torres del Paine
View of the torres from base camp
The W circuit

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 30th 2012

Before stepping into the some of the most isolated and unpredictable landscapes on earth we were told there was going to be no search and rescue in Patagonia. We were completely unperturbed while getting prepared for the 6 day hike. We were occupied with questions such as which packet food might sustain us the longest or whether our lack of weather-proof clothing might be an issue. But as we began to feel smaller in our surroundings and more far away from reality than ever before, search and rescue didn't seem like such a bad idea. The hike is called 'The W' trail because that's what it looks like, a w. There are say 500 ways in which you can attack it so naturally we opted for the cheapest. It cost a fair bit of money to ... read more
only a couple birds
dramatic huh?!

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 15th 2012

Torres Del Paine is one of the world's greatest national parks. It has been emptied of all economic activity with the exception of tourists but there are no shops, restaurants or other material attractions. Just the occasional discrete hotel which blends in with the surroundings. We spent a day visiting lagoons, waterfalls, glaciers,and mountains by the unpaved roads that run throughout the park. The park is dominated by the granite Paine massif and the wonderful views of its towers and horns and these can be seen throughout. The highlight of the day was the cruise on Lago Grey where we sailed to the magnificent glaciers at its northern most part.We sailed amongst the floating icebergs before arriving at the face of the 40 metre high glacier. Our boat was almost upon the face of the glacier ... read more
Torres Del Paine scene
Torres Del Paine scene

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 15th 2012

Na het noorden van Argentinië en het spectaculaire whalewatchen aan de oostkust zijn we afgereisd naar de meest zuidelijke stad ter wereld: Ushuaia, de hoofdstad van de provincie "Vuurland, Antarctica en Zuid-Atlantische eilanden" vlak aan het Beaglekanaal. Onze aankomst in vuurland ("Tierra del Fuego") bleek de busreis van maar liefst 28 uur gelukkig meer dan waard! De lengte van de busreizen komt niet alleen door de enorme afstanden hier, maar tevens door het steeds oversteken van de grenzen van Argentinië en Chili, soms zelfs meerdere keren per busreis. Dit heeft geresulteerd in 20 stempels in ons paspoort van alleen deze twee landen! Daarnaast zijn de controles in Chili erg streng met "sniffer dogs" op zoek naar groenten, fruit en vlees wat verboden is om Chili in te voeren, zelfs als je maar twee uur in het ... read more
Ushuaia 1
Ushuaia 2
El Calafate 1

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine November 15th 2012

From The Lake District we flew further south to Southern Patagonia into Punta Arenas which is not only 3000 miles couth of Santiago but the furthest town south on the mainland of South America. After a visit to a penguin colony we headed for Puerto Natales being one of the gateways into the National Park of Bernardo O'Higgins. After a nights rest we boarded a boat that was to take us on a 4 hour cruise deep into the park where the scenery was breathtaking. Plenty of photographs were taken. We were treated to the spectactular Serrano and Monte Balmaceda Glaciers which unfortunately are decreasing in size due to the changing climate. After lunch we were transferred to a large inflatable speed boat to take us the last 35 km to the National Park of Torres ... read more
View from boat on the Senoret Canal
John on deck
Mounte Balmaceda and its glacier

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine June 8th 2012

Two years ago we had the chance to visit the great Park of Torres del Paine in Chile. It was an awesome experience, here you can see some pictures of the Lake Grey and the glacier. Also we made a tour nearby the park and visited some nice properties that were close to the Argentinian frontier like "las Chinas". If you want to spend a lot money with luxury you can stay at the Lake's Grey Inn but if your budget is not very vast you should stay at Rio Serrano Inn which is clean and the owners are quite helpful. also in Facebook.... read more
Lake Grey and glacier
Lake Grey and glacier

Its wild, its remote, its dramatic, unpredictable and stunningly beautiful. Torres Del Paine National Park is one of the finest places in Chile Situated in the southernmost,biggest and least populated region of Chile - Region of Magallanes Y Antarctica Chilena, it receives nearly 100.000 visitors from all over the world every year which makes this protected area one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The park sits on the southern edge of the massive Patagonian Ice Cap and covers almost 600.000 acres of land in a beautiful mixture of impressive glaciers, wonderful turquoise lakes and rivers, eye-catching granite peaks and valleys, lenga forests and pampas-style-terrain. Cordillera del Paine is the main mountain range in the the park and this is where the famous and majestic Torres del Paine and the prominent Cuernos del ... read more
Laguna Amarga & shuttle buses
Trail profile sign near starting point
Tiny strip of trail

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 30th 2012

Day 3 – Italiano – Los Cuernos 16.5km Our third day started out badly. This was purely due to lack of sleep, and the reason for this lack of sleep? The Wind. It started to get really strong around the midnight mark, and although the trees did provide us with a lot of shelter, the noise was simply horrendous. We actually felt quite safe in our little tent and therefore had no worries there, it was just the constant roar of the wind that kept us from falling asleep that bothered us. I think we got around 2-3 hours sleep at best that night, however we wasn’t about to let that spoil our day. It was around 7.30am when we got out of the tent in order to have breakfast, and both of us were more ... read more
Weather was perfect!
Not a bad view

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 29th 2012

When I was thirteen, my parents took me to Tuscany. In between the noisy chaos of Florence and the gravity-challenging architecture of Pisa, we went to a little village in the Apennines on the strength of my mother’s curiosity in Milton’s choice of simile, “Thick as autumnal leaves that strew the brooks of Vallombrosa”. If he had written “as glorious as autumnal leaves in Patagonia”, would we have gone there instead, I found myself wondering last week. For surely there is no more wonderful palate of natural colours above sea level than this, the gold, bronze, flame-orange, scarlet, pink and red of the lenga and the ñire, set against the bare rock, snow and glacial blues of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, a reward only for those prepared to invest a couple of days walking ... read more
something to crow about
late afternoon sun over Lago Grey
don't burn your toilet paper

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 27th 2012

After the 2 hour or so drive from the hostel, we arrived at Torres del Paine national park, where we would be spending the next 5 days and 4 nights. We collected our basic map of the park at the entrance informing us of the different routes, Refugio’s, and altitudes of the mountains, and headed for the ferry. We had been told that once the ferry was in motion, we should head straight up to the top deck in order to take some pictures, as the view was supposed to be fantastic. We took this advice despite the bitter cold wind blowing against our faces and were immediately glad that we did. The view was indeed out of this world. On the other side of the lake, we were dropped off at Refugio Pehoe which would ... read more
Donna and Mike about to start the trek....
Such a shame....burnt forest

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