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Sep 15, 2017 - Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales

We leave at 9.30 in the Hotel Van. There is an English couple we are dropping off at the catamaran as they are travelling by boat to the start of the trek they are doing. There is also Alan, an American, who did a marathon here earlier in the week and he is changing to Los Torres Hotel, outside of the Park and nearer a mountain he is going to climb on Saturday. He had a chat to us too and didn't like Lago Grey Hotel either. It is really windy today but this has worked out well for us as the Torres del Paine and Cuernos del Paine, are now...

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Sep 14, 2017 - Torres del Paine

Today with have booked, at great expense, an all day private tour with Josie (the tour guide from Lago Grey Hotel) called Lookouts and Waterfalls. The weather is not great, quite windy and cold and a little bit of rain but this should not affect us much as we are in the car most of the day to get a good overview of the whole Park. Phil has had a very bad back for the last few days and is in quite a lot of pain. After getting up and mobile he feels he will manage sitting in the vehicle so we decide to go ahead with the tour. We leave the...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

Up at 6am and a quick breakfast and a taxi picks us up at 7.00 to go back to the bus station as the public bus to Torres del Paine leaves at 7.30. There are only about 10 of us on the bus and we raised the average age considerably! We leave Puerto Natales and travel around the bay and start heading towards the mountains. There are 3 stops on this run and we will get off on the last stop. There are many more snow caped mountains the further on we travel. After about 2 hours travelling we round a bend and there is a van pulled over to the...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Puerto Natales

A nothing day today as there are no tours available. We get up late as it does not get light until about 8 am and that’s when the street lights go off along the esplanade. We do have to pay our bus fare out to the Torres del Paine National Park. The Maria Jose bus company’s office in town is not open so we have to catch a taxi back to the bus station to pay the fare. Once that is done we wander around the town and Phil gets a new pair of trekking trousers and myself a new beanie. A warm beanie may come in handy with the temperatures getting...

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Sep 11, 2017 - Santiago to Patagonia

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...

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Mar 31, 2017 - 18 March 2017 - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

More border crossings on 17th March as we start to head north towards Torres del Paine National Park. And another ferry crossing across the Magellan Straits. Our treat for today is a visit to a king penguin colony - it was a bit voyeuristic peeping through the holes in the fence to see the penguins in the wild but very interesting too. Tonight we are wild camping at a very cold place called Parque Chabunco, a camping area on the side of the road with beautiful views over the Magellan Straits. We even saw whales! So we finally reached Torres...

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Mar 22, 2017 - Northbound

The worst part of Ushuaia was the night club across the street from the hostel. Live, loud rock music started at 1AM and went to 6AM. Rarely have ear plugs been so dear. We therefore didn't mind the 3AM alarm and 4AM start to leave town. After crossing back to Chile and taking the ferry across the Straits of Magellan, we stopped for a look at king penguins before stopping at a real park for the night. The real park was in training to be a town dump and was right next to the highway, but we are tolerant travelers. After a very long drive,...

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Mar 4, 2017 - Torres del Paine, le plus célèbre Parc du Chili

Bonjour à Tous, Moment longtemps attendu, un des bijoux de la Patagonie. Dernier Grand Parc avant la Terre de Feu. Il est au Chili, donc, retour en ce beau pays. 6 jours de treck en espérant que la météo se trompera un peu, car, dans les quelques jours d'attente de mes dates de réservation à Puerto Natales, rien de bien encourageant... Au départ de cette ville, ciel clair et pas de vent. Bien, dans le Parc se fut l'été pour 2 1/2 jours. Pas vent et ciel dégagé. Oui, 2-3 averses le 2ieme jours en pm alors que je dormais, car, départ dans...

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Feb 11, 2017 - Chilly Chile

We have travelled South towards Punta Arenas the southernmost city in the world. The temperature is getting cooler but the sun is still shining and in the sheltered areas it is very pleasant. We have won two more bottles of bubbly, five so far. Ian continues to go to the lectures on various topics including Gauchos, social history of Cunard and Robert Powell talking about Dickens and Jane Austen. I have attended some but tend to fall asleep in the warm, dark theatre! I continue to make necklaces and Ian reckons I can open a stall when I go...

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Jan 26, 2017 - Paine del Torres - Monday through Wednesday

When we awoke on Monday morning, we found that Barry had had another feverish night, and we decided to seek some medical advice. A hotel driver took us to the park entrance where we met a paramedic. Interestingly, the paramedic examined Barry from the inside of the ambulance because the office was under renovation. Our driver was also our interpreter, but I found myself doing a lot of pantomime and using French words in case the paramedic might recognize something, like “medicament.” Not so much. Basically, Barry had some kind of virus. Not...

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Jan 22, 2017 - Patagonia - Torres del Paine

Barry spent a terrible night - coughing, restless, and miserable. I was so tired that I slept through it all. We had some breakfast and checked out, then waited in the Dream Hotel lobby, next to the casino, for our driver from the Explora hotel. He arrived on time with a van for us and two other couples, one from Wisconsin and one from Great Britain. Both of them had just been on different Antarctic expeditions. The English couple made it to South Georgia Island, though they had not been able to land at Elephant Island to trace Shackleton’s...

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Jan 21, 2017 - Cruising Tierra del Fuengo

The Stella headed south from Ushuaia past Islas Navarino and into the Nassau Bay. We were warned by the crew that we might experience some high seas when we met the Pacific during the night, but there was nothing violent. By morning we were at Capo de Hornos, the southernmost archipelago of islands off the South American continent. Discovered in 1616 by the dutchmen Le Maire and Schouten, the island was named in nautical tradition for their vessel, the “Hoorn.” In rounding the Horn, they opened a faster route to sail from the Atlantic to...

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