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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. rutasporelnorte.com 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
wow!
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
Yonder!

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 23rd 2012

Lovely penguins and amazing scenery in Chilean Patagonia.... read more
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South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 6th 2012

After warming up in the refugio and trying to eat a little more bread, we took off for another hike. I should have mentioned, the most popular hike in Torres del Paine is the "W" - a W shaped trail that gives you views of the towers. Given the sicknesses and heavy packs we decided to just try to day hike what we could. Anyway, after drying out, we took off on the southern part of the W. Our hike didn´t last long though. The previous night and lack of food had taken its toll. We decided we had seen what we really came to the park for and we may as well move on. So we dried out what we could and took the bus back to Puerto Natales. With our cash burn rate quite ... read more
Drying our stuff

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 5th 2012

Beautiful sunshine and breeze to start the morning on our trek to Mirador del Paine. The first hour and a half turned out to be switchbnack after switchback which gave us plenty of reason to stop and admire the views behind. Reaching the top we turn a corner and are blasted with chilly high winds and start to descend a good 50% of the elevation we´ve just gained (!!) until reaching Refugio 2. We wind through a river valley, a damp forested area, cross a couple of adorable bridges, it´s raining mixed with a little snow, then back to the wind tunnel, we´re sweating, we´re freezing, it´s great. The last hour of the trek is way too steep and we are totally wiped until we reach the summit and can finally decide if it was worth ... read more
View up the valley we were hiking
Matt on the river crossing
We have a bear, they have a beaver

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Torres del Paine March 4th 2012

OK, last we left you we had enjoyed a day on the isle of penguins! Now, in El Calafate, Argentina, it is time to catch back up on the blogging. We bussed from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. On the ride we saw flamingos, some ostrich like bird and lamas. We also finally saw the millions of sheep that the region is famous for. The chilean countryside is incredible. Open, lush, small lakes and small brush. On the ride to Puerto Natales we realized we didn´t need to spend a night in the town and instead could transfer busses and get to the park that afternoon. It turned out to be a great decision. Sarah grabbed food at the grocery store (more on that funny story in a minute), while I waited with our backpacks. An ... read more
Countryside view
Llamas
Sarah with glaciers and Torres del Paine in the background




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