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Mar 5, 2005 - Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine NP

05.03 We got up early this morning for another bumpy bus ride, this time to Peurto Natales. On arrival we were swamped with brochures for family stay accommodation. We remembered a recommendation for Don Bosco and accompanied Aleanor to her residencia. We were welcomed by a little old lady who was so amazed by my height. She just had to give me a cuddle while resting her head on my belly. Very funny. 06.03 Puerto Natales was really cold and raining heavy, so we decided to postpone our trip to Torres Del Paine by one day. We woke up with...

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Mar 5, 2005 - Punta Arenas...penguins..and then some more penguins

·If you received the update notice, and opened this first, I wanted to let you know that everything is new starting with the Bariloche entry. I hadnt sent any updates because I wanted to send the entries with pics...considering this part of the world is all about the scenery...so, go back to that one, and start from there. If you were smart enough to start at that one, well, actually, that cant be..none of my friends are that smart..so forget I mentioned it! Punta Arenas..what can I say about this place. If you see on the map where it is,...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Chile/Arg - Journey to the End of the Earth / Torres photos

Patagonia, meaning 'Big Foot' in Spanish, was the name given to the first people who roamed this area, the size of their feet made larger by wrapping them with layers of animal furs. The region covers the bottom half of both Chile and Argentina, from and including the lake districts in the north and continuing south until the end of the world. Literally. It's a very large area yet has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Little wonder. Part of it is a rugged, desolate, no-man's-land exposed to wild wild winds that ravage and...

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Feb 27, 2005 - El Calafate...home of an advancing glacier, and well..not much else

So, my parents got a little exposure to the backpacker way...arriving in a town with not much planned..the only difference is that they booked a hotel the night before we got down there..so it wasnt truly the authentic experience. We had no tour set up to see the Glacier, and no transportation set up to get down to Torres Del Paine park.. El Calafate is a town that only exists because of tourism to Glaciares National Park. It's still 50miles from the park, but its the closest town, so it gets all the tourism. We booked the ¨standard tour¨...

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Feb 26, 2005 - Navimag - island visit and open sea

The crash of the ship's anchor machinery and chains lowering it into the deep Chilean channel woke my friends sleeping in the D-cabin deep within the ship. After breakfast, we visited the small fishing village, Puerto Eden. A young local man took my boatload of tourists around the village. As usual, I stuck close to the guide and asked lots of questions about himself, the island and the inhabitants. PHOTO The main point of interest in this tiny community is that it's home to the last seven Kawesqar families, one of Chile's native tribes....

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Feb 19, 2005 - Punta Arenas - Chile

19.02 We left Salvador in 30 degree heat and travelled 3870 miles (what´s that in km´s Damien!) via Santiago to arrive in a temperature of 9 degrees in Punta Arenas, Chili. We found a place to stay at Tres Hermanos - a family hostel run by a tiny Chilean woman called Blanca. It was very cosy and friendly. 20.02 The weather on our 6th year anniversary turned out to be great. The sun was shining and for Punta Arenas it was a warm 14 degrees. Punta Arenas reminded Damien a little of his home town Tenterfield. I just think it was the weather!...

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Feb 17, 2005 - Welcome to Chile and Puerto Natales

I arrived in Chile yesterday, the small town of Puerto Natales has two things going for it: close proximity to one of the most popular national parks and a port that brings passengers in from the north (and sends them up from the south like me next week!) I'm about to start a five-day hike in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, will bring my camera and report back. It's said to be spectacular.

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Feb 12, 2005 - Penguin Mania

Penguin Mania by Baxter and Hayden A hundred and twenty thousand penguins come to the lovely island of Magdelana, in southern Chile, each year to mate. When sixty thousand pairs of penguins mate, the number of penguins increases by two. Sadly almost just as many die on the long trip home (mainly old). When the penguins arrive on the island, they choose a previously dug hole and make it homey. Then they lay eggs and while one sits on them, the other guards the hole´s entrance and fishes. Once the eggs have hatched, one penguin goes out...

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Trip Journal

HayBax world trip

Feb 10, 2005 - CHILE - Puerto Natales - Port Montt

Navimag ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt. See link below for the route: http://www.navimag.com/navimag/html/ingles/laguna_sanrafael/el_viaje/mapa.asp We had really good weather for our ferry trip to Puerto Montt, so there was no sea-sickness... We discovered before we left that the ferry they were supposed to be using ran aground a couple of weeks ago which was just what we wanted to hear! The replacement boat was a bit rough and ready and we had to share a room with 22 other people, one of whom was bulimic which isn´t so good...

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Feb 6, 2005 - Porvenir, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

From Punta Arenas by boat we were just two hours away from the island of Tierra del Fuego. I knew the closest town, Porvenir, didn't have anything exciting to offer, but I really just wanted to go to Tierra del Fuego because I like the name. The town happened to have even less to offer to expected, which was not helped by the fact that it was Sunday and the one restaurant we saw was closed and the museum had a 3 hour lunch break. Anyway, we only had a few hours there and it was pretty in a deserted island kind of way (where were the people,...

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Feb 4, 2005 - CHILE - Torres Del Paine

We travelled from El Calafate in Argentina across to Puerto Natales in Chile from where we set off to go trekking around the Torres Del Paine National Park. We walked around what is supposedly ´one of the wildest and most beautiful treks (The Paine circuit) in the world', we were not disappointed. Walking(and carrying all your own gear and food) for 6 days, 115 km, we were tired but the views were worth it. We were in much need of a shower and decent meal when we got back to Puerto Natales as we had lived off super noodles, rice and ready...

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Feb 3, 2005 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas was once a rich town from the wool industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The evidence of this now is the giant mansions that line the streets around the main square. Other than that it´s just a pleasant coastal town, on the windy side, of course, as everything in Patagonia seems to be. It´s also known as a good place from which to go on a tour to see penguins, but we beat the system and already saw twice the number of penguins for $5 per person less. haha! Take that, Lonely Planet. They didn´t even mention the place we...

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