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Apr 22, 2005 - The Navimag Ferry, Torres Del Paine National Park and the Perito Moreno

I`m afraid that these are probably not the best photos I have of the Torres Del Paine National Park, but it`s now been a week since I finished; a week in which I have laboriously been adding photos little by little and I can`t add any more without waiting another hour to load three photos! In addition, I`m afraid that the camera was out of action for the Navimag ferry journey which preceded the Torres trekking - problems of the broken adapter and lost memory card variety. This is a real pity as it was a highlight of my trip - I spent hours...

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Apr 8, 2005 - Chilean Fjords... brrrr

Well what a great few days. We boarded the Navimag ferry at Puerto Montt for our 3 night adventure through the Chilean fjords to Puerto Natales. The ferry is a refurbished cargo ship that still carries cargo primarily but now also carries about 200 passengers as well. As we are heading towards the end of the tourist season our trip only had about 80 passengers, which was nice as the boat was not too crowded. It was a pretty cool bunch of people from all over the world with an average age of around 30. We shared our 4 bunk cabbin with a guy...

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Apr 8, 2005 - Trekking in Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia

We were a bit skeptical at first as to whether or not the weather was going to be bearable for the five day trek, but we borrowed some warm clothes from our friends in Bariloche, rented a couple warmer sleeping bags and gave it a shot. Needless to say it was a good decision as the weather ended up being great and the scenery was spectacular. The Torres del Paine is one of the most renown areas for trekking in South America and it is quite easy to see why. The park has a network of hiking trails that are periodically connected to various...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Puerto Natales, Chile

Arrived today in Puerto Natales, and what a greeting we had! Rain, ice, sleet, snow clouds, COLD...you name it! Pretty nasty place here, or maybe we just caught it in the wrong season; whatever it may be we most likely wont be around to see it alter weather patterns. The four days at sea were great. Met alot of really interesting people and had some great weather...and great scenery. Off to get some camping gear for up and coming trek.

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Apr 6, 2005 - Puerto Eden

We only spent about an hour on the small island of Puerto Eden. Wasnt really much to see, but the ferry had to drop off their weekly supplies and it was nice to get on land after a few rough days in the southern sea. More humorous than anything really...as the only life form we saw of the island were a few stray pups and a well dressed police officer...manning the one and only ped boardwalk. (who knows what kind of problems are caused on an island where the dogs out populate the people...but they must have there reasons!) Its just continues...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Punta Arenas, Chile

PA gave us the opportunity to make our first trip over the border to Chile and see a huge colony of penguins. There was also some decent walking opportunities, so we got a bus here. What we didn't realise was that in the south (Patagonia basically) getting around is much more difficult than in the rest of the country. So, we almost flew ourselves into a hole by getting down to Ushuaia by plane. The buses out are irregular and whereas in the north we were able to save on accommodation and sleep on buses by taking an 'over nighter' we now had...

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Mar 25, 2005 - Trekking au parc national "Torres del Paine"

A peine débarqués en Patagonie, nous partons pour cinq jours de randonnée a travers le plus fameux parc national du Chili, le Torres del Paine. Nous appréhendons quelque peu les prochains jours car nous n'avons aucune expérience de trekking en montagne, encore moins en portant un sac à dos rempli de plus de 15 kg. Heureusement nous avons rencontré d'autres voyageurs un peu plus expérimentés et surtout trés sympathiques (Florence et Jean-Mo) avec qui partager l'aventure. Un suédois particulièrement cool se joint à notre équipée. Autre...

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Mar 23, 2005 - Puerto Eden

Nous faisons escale à Puerto Eden. Le cargo est le seul moyen de ravitailler ce petit port de pêcheur. Le village n'a rien de particulier si ce n'est une allure de fin du monde. Ses habitants sont les descendants des indiens jadis exterminés par les conquérants de tout bord. Il ne subsiste que 7 descendants "purs" (c'est à dire de père et de mère de la même éthnie). Ils ont tous plus de 50 ans, autant dire que cette culture est tristement condamnée à disparaître. Leurs ancêtres vivaient nus. Ils s'enduisaient le corps de graisse animale et...

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Mar 17, 2005 - Puerto Natales, Chile

What a boat ride! I got to Puerto Montt Monday morning and found out that 2 guys from my trip, Will and Ian, had decided to get on the boat with me. So the three of us rode together for four days through the Patagonian channels to Puerto Natales. We met a lot of other travelers onboard that we hung out with. The scenery was amazing! It rained on and off the whole time, but it was never too foggy to see the shores. We saw southern fur seals, humpback whales, albatroses, all kinds of jellies, and beautiful, untouched forests that grow...

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Mar 12, 2005 - Chile - Torres del Paine

To quote " Torres del Paine is not a mere park, but a park of parks, a destination of travellers to whom a park is more than a place in which to be entertained, but rather an experience to be integrated into one´s life. Torres del Paine is the sort of park that changes its visitors..." Absolutely incredible - stunning scenery which hopefully the photos will go someway to convey. We spent three days hiking and camping for a hardcore experience and boy do our feet know about it...bring on the laundromat! The granite pillars, seldom summited,...

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Mar 10, 2005 - Chile - Punta Arenas

Crossed the border into Chile - finally in the "long, thin country" - the scenery down here is hard to describe, but suffice to say there is a lot of it! Punta Arenas lies on the Straits of Magellan which we eventually crossed, once the wind died down after several hours holed up in a transport cafe playing Uno! Punta Arenas is a quirky town, but not as quirky as the place we stayed in, which we re-named Residencia Adams! This was the town that saw me (Shar) get pi%%ed on pisco sours...sober one minute, drunk as a lord the next - serious...

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Mar 8, 2005 - Bus to Puerto Natales (Chile) & Torres Del Paine NP

8th March - Whilst waiting at the bus stop at 6am I meet John & Shaz who were also heading to Puerto Natales. Journey took 5 hours. Left Argentina 7 days after arriving - new stamp on my passport (he he I love passport stamps). Arranged trip to park with same Company as John & Shaz. However we choose different routes. I did the trip that someone had posted on the Lonely Planet TT. I would completely recommend. (If anyone needs info on it let me know). I got myself a hostel which was totally trippy. I would totally recommend this hostel. I...

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