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Jan 4, 2018 - Torres Del Paine

Today after breakfast I am picked up from my hostel and take a tour of Torres del Paine the big National park here in the Patagonia, I am the first one picked up at 8:30 AM then we go to other hotels picking up the other 15 people and had out of town by 9:00 this only a day trip so will see just a very small part of the park. This national park was created in 1959 and covers 242,242 hectares it has a lot of hiking trails to explore hikes ranging from 3 to 8 days, camping out, Not on this trip. LOL We had a good day traveling around the park...

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Jan 3, 2018 - Puerto Natales

This morning we are traveling in the Magellan Straits getting close to our port Punta Arenas where we dock. This is the end of a great trip to Antarctica and it is with a bit of sadness now that our trip is ending, down for my last breakfast on the ship my waiter Ryan was also sad, has been great chatting with him. When I left the dinning room he said he would not say goodbye but see you later. It is raining as we pull into the pier and first lines across at 6:45 AM and completely tied by 6:50 AM, we clear passport at at 7:30 AM and we are...

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Dec 26, 2017 - Boxing Day 2017

Boxing Day and we are woken by alarm the first time this holiday, must have been knackered by yesterday's hiking. The weather is warmish at about 10c but the wind is blowing at between 35 and 40 knots constantly. As and when you approach the glaciers or snowfields the wind turns into an icy blast. Today we have a ride out to the western end of the Torres deal Paine National Park to undertake a 2 hour hike to the Salto Grande river and waterfall, the largest in the park. I have attached some photos of the sites that we saw today spectacular...

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Dec 25, 2017 - Oh no lost signal after massive input Christmas Day 2017

It is now gone past midnight into Boxing Day as I capture our Christmas Day as the Internet signal was lost during my last wonderfully scripted effort, so back to this morning. It's Christmas, as usual I woke at 4,5,6 and 7 when Alison allowed to me get up to see what Santa had left us. There were 4 small but exciting packages to open, the first we knew as we brought ourselves some Argentian Choclate and scoffed them immediate as we had not eaten for at least 6 hours. Alison was next and got a knitted guanaco (llama) and a multi functional...

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Dec 25, 2017 - Christmas Eve heading to Terra deal Pines

I am writing this on Christmas Night at about 10:30 after another delicious 3 course meal, with seafood soup starter, braised beef and a caremel ice cream dessert. Diet will have to start in new year. Anyhow going back to Christmas Eve and we are heading some 5 1/2 hours North to Torres del Paine. Amart for blue. We share with the transport with a nice English family from Tunbridge wells to share our journey with so Alison can have a natter. Unfortunately their young lad had been ill during the night and needed close attention with a bucket...

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Dec 24, 2017 - Arghhh you scurvy dogs, it's the last day on board the jolly roger

Captains log, star date unknown been floating adrift for 4 days now, everyone's going stir crazy with too much food and drink,An early start by a visit to Megalena Island through the strait of Megellan, yes the same Magellan the Portuguese explorer who found the route through the Atalntic to Pacific. Amazing achievement given the size of the craft he had and he was only booked on accommodation only not even had breakfast included. So today is Saturday 23rd December 2017 and we embark on the zodiaks at 6:45 and headed to Magdalena island for...

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Dec 24, 2017 - It's Christmas Eve and still got to shopping to do

It's 8:30 Christams Eve morning and just updating log before moving onto Torres de Piene for Christmas, unsure of availability of internet I thought we had better wish everyone a A Very Happy Christmas and have a fantastic time enjoying the season of goodwill. We will be thinking of you all as we undertake our 16km enforced hike and climbing lesson up at 2000m for our Christmas Day packed lunch. I have just attached some photographs around Punta Arenas on the web Including photos of the cemetery, the shepherd statue, Megallans Statue, views...

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Dec 20, 2017 - Puerto Williams

Today we docked in the small town of Puerto Williams and at the museum they had free wifi so was able to up date my journal and it is a the right price free LOL The internet on the ship is very high priced 25 dollars a day, so will not be using it much LOL I am now off to explore the area, more later, Puerto Williams is a very small town in the very southern tip of Chile and it holds the record of being the farest south city in the world. We are docked here for a day so was able to walk about the town and finish getting supplies that we...

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Dec 18, 2017 - heading to Punta Arenas and on board the MS Midnatsol

This morning was a early morning flight to Punta Arenas left at 6:40 am and was a 3 hour flight after landing we taxied to the terminal had very highs winds around 75 miles per hour the plane was rocking and the stairway keep moving out of line from the plane, Got into the terminal part of the luggage came in then it stopped, was about 40 people still waiting for there bags, me being one of them. After waiting about 45 minutes a worker came in and said due to the high winds they could only open one luggage compartment on the side away from...

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Dec 14, 2017 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it's often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. The Plaza Muñoz Gamero has a memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of his galleons. It was windy that day. The bay was very choppy. Captain Berdos decided it was too rough for the tenders so we sailed away. So no Magdalena Island Penguin...

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Dec 12, 2017 - Straits of Magellan

The Strait of Magellan also called the Straits of Magellan, is a navigable sea route in southern Chile separating mainland South American to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is considered a difficult route to navigate due to the narrowness of the passage and unpredictable winds and currents. It is shorter and more sheltered than the often stormy Drake Passage. Along with the narrow and sometimes treacherous Beagle Channel, these were the...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas

Phil had a restless nights sleep so we don't rush this morning as our bus leaves at 11 am. We leave the lodge at 10.30 by taxi to the bus station and our bus leaves on time at 11 am. The 3 hour trip passes quickly and Phil sleeps for a couple of hours to catch up from last night. We arrive in the town of Punta Arenas which is located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It's often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. Quite a few cruise liners call here and there are...

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