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Feb 2, 2005 - Torres del Paine

So I'm back now from a week's camping and walking in the Torres del Paine National Park. My first time walking with proper big hiking pack, with sleeping bag, mat, stove, clothes and food (hired tents at the sites). I walked the classic "W" route, more or less, and added extra on at the end. The walking isn´t easy, most of the tracks are stoney, sharp stones that twist your feet, with some steep ascents made more difficult by carrying the heavy pack. Once you start on the route there's no getting off (and believe me there were times when I...

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Kath in London

Jan 25, 2005 - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Charlie wants me to write about Torres del Paine National Park that "it rocks." I said that was too corny. Anyway, pictures of this area are the most often seen of this region and the rock towers of the park are a symbol of Patagonia. (Actually, according to a guidebook we saw, they are also a symbol for Alaska because the Alaskan tourism board used a picture from here in an ad for Alaska.) On the bus ride to the park we already got amazing views of the mountains and lakes and saw ñandus, big flightless birds like ostriches or emus. It´s...

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Jan 25, 2005 - Torres del Paine

Can't believe we have already been to the 'Towers of Paine' (Torres del Paine) in southern Chile........its one of the highlights of the trip and now its done! And we have now been away for one month - so soon it seems. Good luck continues to be with us as we meander through the southern parts of Chile - from really good weather on the boat trip, and now fairly clear skies over the towers. We were very lucky on the first day of the trek - we decided to walk in from Rio Serrano to get to the western end of the 'W' trail and apart from...

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Jan 24, 2005 - Punta Arenas, Chile

It´s freezing here, a bright sunny day with a biting wind. Lady who runs the hostel says even in the height of summer it never gets above 15-17 degrees celcius, and after mid January the temperature plummets again. Had my first pisco sours (pisco, lemon, eggwhite and sugar I think), with a couple from Jersey and a Guatemalan last night, oh they are good, must investigate source of Pisco in London. This morning went to the cemetry. Thousands of graves with english, scottish, croatian, and spanish names. The new graves have been stacked up...

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Kath in London

Jan 24, 2005 - Puerto Natales, Chile

Somehow we got the time of the plane to Punta Arenas from Santiago wrong. Luckily, we erred on the early side and ended up being at the airport 4 hours before the flight which was annoying but made up for by the fact that there was a Dunkin´Donuts there! This might not sound exciting to you, but in many parts of the world they think a donut is anything round that is less than 1 inch in diameter and is hard enough to break your teeth. I guess the whole in the middle is what distinguishes it from a hockey puck. Anyway, after that excitement...

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Jan 23, 2005 - Torres del Paine, el fin del mundo

Hello hello. Im actually going to do two quick entries right now with different titles because we have been in two distinctly different places since the last time I wrote. Anyway, so, Torres del Paine in the South of Chile was fucking incredible. There are not words to describe the majestic-ness of this place. So, we went hiking in the mountains for five days and four nights. I have never done anythign like that before and it was a crazy experience. Ive never carried everything that I need to eat, sleep, and live, with me before. It was...

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Jan 20, 2005 - Navimag Boat Trip

Monday the 17th January saw the beginning of the much awaited 3 night ship journey from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales through the glacier and island riddled section of southern Chile. After completing the loading of cargo (paying passengers included) Navimag's M/N Magallanes hauled anchor and departed at 4.45pm. Experienced great views from the decks as we departed dock and all through the journey south to Puerto Natales. Overnight the Magallanes travelled throught the Corcovadu Gulf, an arm of the sea 63 miles long between the island of...

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Jan 12, 2005 - 73 Km walk in the Park!!

We flew down to Punta Arenas, and then hopped straight onto a bus to Puerto Natales which is our base to try out a new hiking career! The next morning we headed to the Torres Del Paine National Park for 5 days of trekking and roughing it a bit (which was abit of a shock after the luxury of Santiago!) Day 1 (8/1) - After a tedious bus trip we got dropped off at the entrance, Laguna Amarga. We started our trek to Refugio Chileno. There were stunning views the entire way but uphill making it tough especially as we were carrying all our own...

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Our trip home ....

Jan 3, 2005 - Torres del Paine

Having stayed relitively sober because of unforseen circumstances, Pieter and myself managed to get out of Punto An-Arse on New Years Day and got to Puerto Natales just in time to kidnap Maria Joao from the Gap tour. We hired some camping gear in the town and got the afternoon bus to the Torres del Paine national Park. The scenery, particularly on the first evening and full day was stunning and the walking good. The first days walk is without packs, leaving all of the gear at the camp site which is a good job as the final assent to the...

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Dec 26, 2004 - Torres Del Paine, Chile

Yesterday we went to the Torres Del Paine in Chile for just 1 day. most people go there for 4 days of trekking, but i went for just a few hours. a trip for old people :-) i´ve met a few new israeli friends. one, Assaf, was staying with me in the roon. 5 more i´ve met Christmass eve - they came to our hostel to have coffie, and we started talking. 4 of them moved to this hostel (which i´ve checked out of today), and one stayed at the other hostel. almost all of us went to the trip (we were 7 israelis all together) and it was so much fun....

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Dec 25, 2004 - Nationalpark Torres del Paine

1978 wurde der Park Torres del Paine offiziell als ein "Welt Biosphaerenreservat" ernannt und damit als ein prominentes schuetzenswertes Oekosystem definiert. Einzigartig und einer der schoensten Plaetze der Welt wird oft in Prospekten geschrieben - und es stimmt. Hier zeigte sich mir die Natur von ihren schoenen und harmlosen Seite, waehrend sie in anderen Teilen der Welt uns ihre Brutalitaet vor Augen fuehrt. Aber es bringt nichts, Angst zu haben, wir sind ein Teil der Welt und der Natur und somit ihren Naturgesetzen ausgeliefert. Die...

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Dec 22, 2004 - confessions of a loser

I have decided that the time has come to come clean on the dark underbelly of our travels so far. Unfortunately for all, and perhaps me especially, I appear to have left my brain somewhere behind in the Pacific. I have been losing bits and pieces ever since arrival on the south american continent. First it was a purse on buenos aires with about $30 in it, then it was a pair of sunglasses on the trek near Ushuaia. I then tried to lose michelle´s binoculars on an island in the antarctic, but thankfully, miracle of miracles i managed to find...

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