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This morning we are going to Patagonia, southern Chile. Our host Carmen organises an Uber to pick us up at 5.20. We fly with the budget airline SKY at 7.45 to Punta Arenas, the nearest airport to Patagonia. Patagonia and in particular, Torres del Paine, is not that easy to get to. The flight is 3 hours and we arrive in Punta Arenas where we wait at the café in the airport for our Bus Fernandez to arrive. The bus arrives a bit late at 1.30 and we then have a 3 hour bus ride to Puerto Natales which is the gateway town to Torres de Paine. The bus is very comfortable and has great wifi. The landscape at first is quite barren, no vegetation and some large estancias, private landholdings with herds of sheep or cattle. Later it changes as we see some snow caped mountains and small stunted trees that have no foliage but with lots of lichen growing on them. It’s very windy here so plants would struggle to survive. We arrive in Puerto Natales at 4.30 and catch a taxi to our hotel, Kau Lodge, which fronts onto Ultima Esperanza Sound. After checking in we walk into the town to try and figure out if there are any tours tomorrow, our only full day here. We try a couple of agencies and as I found out a couple of weeks ago, the Serrano and Balcameda Glacier tour is currently being run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and we are here on a Tuesday!! I was hoping something might have changed but it appears not. We will just have to hang around in the town tomorrow – disappointing! It’s getting late and cold so we have a drink at a bar in town and then head to a pizza and pasta place for dinner. We walk home to Kau Lodge. It’s getting much colder and very windy, it was about 5C today and now it’s getting down -1C tonight.



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