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Dec 21, 2004 - Pre-xmas Puerto Natales (scrabble 1 - 0)

Well we finally made it out of Ushuaia (in part i´m sure because almost all our new friends had left as well). Had our first long bus trip - about 14 hours, but not too bad and got served very sweet coffee and fresh pastries. Also got a little boat ride across the Magellan Straits. So off to explore new places now, currently in Puerto Natales to shop for 5 day hike in Torres del Paine starting tomorrow. We´re back in Chile for the first time since Easter Island, which is nice for a change from the ham and cheese diet that seems to be the...

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Dec 21, 2004 - Glaciars and Mountains

Five days in the far south of chile, viewing spectacular scenery and increasingly super glaciars by boat, bus and foot - although a little less of the latter. Lots of animals to be seen: flamingos, guanacos, llamas, nandus, millions of penguins and even a pet football playing condor. Felt slightly out of place, due to the large amount of backpackers with multi-pocketed trousers, goretex everything and shiny telescopic climbing poles, most of whom looked on with severe disapproval at the sight of James's cordoroy jacket, Celia's banana...

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Dec 15, 2004 - Punta Arenas

We are now back in Punta Arenas and have one and a half day before we fly to Puerto Montt. We won´t have time to go to Tierra del Fuego, unfortunately. Well, we could do a day trip, but that doesn´t seem worth it, we wouldn´t really see any of it. Instead we´re going to look at a penguin colony tomorrow, which seems great. For now it´s quite nice to just relax a little and recover from all the hiking and bus rides. :) Speak to you soon.

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Dec 8, 2004 - Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Last night we came back from four days of trekking Torres del Paine, here in Patagonia. We are filled with awe of one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to. An amazing experience and a fantastic time and although we are very tired today it was worth every single tiring step of the way. What a gorgeous, gorgeous place. We have millions of pictures and don't know how we will ever be able to pick out just a few to show you, but we'll make an attempt. However, we don't know whether it will be possible to put them up here, the...

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Dec 4, 2004 - Penguins, penguins everywhere

So, I basically dragged my smelly butt out of bed where I've been sneezing & wheezing, sweating & freezing, hacking & coughing for the past 24 hours or so, "enjoying" the fruits of a full blown flu, merely to plot a new map point and because I kinda got hungry and really needed a change of scenery. But I can't complain too much. Though I only get one channel in English, that channel thankfully is HBO and though being ill while traveling is never a treat, mine chose to rear its ugly head in Punta Arenas; a town on the western edge of the...

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Dec 3, 2004 - Goodbye Southern Patagonia, fond farewell

We drove north through Rio Grande, San Sebastian - both border crossings, Cerro Sombrero and after a mad dash up the last section of paved road at 100mph finally made it to the ferry port in time for the last sailing to Punta Delgado at 9:30pm! There were loads of trucks in the queue so we hoped they'd manage to squeeze us in! Otherwise we were stuffed!!! We had no accommodation booked and hoped we could get into Guesthouse Paradiso again on the other side but thought we'd better ring ahead this time as we were going to be quite late...

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Nov 27, 2004 - Porvenir - Just one of the locals

Rally Stage 3 - Tierra Del Fuego This was the end of paved roads... from here on its bone shaking ruts and sideways sliding on surfaces more like a pebble beach than a road! That's why we had the D21! We were happy as pigs in muck!!! Free agents to go where we wanted, when we wanted and off the tourist trail for a few days! We decided to head west for Porvenir, a few hours away along the northern coast and the largest settlement in Chilean Tierra Del Fuego. The D21 coped easily with the dirt track roads and Pete soon mastered the "lets...

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Nov 26, 2004 - Punta Arenas

P Natales  P Arenas  P Delgado Just for a change it's raining again! After stuffing as much breakfast as possible down our gullets and saying our farewells again to Amy, we walked up to the bus station where Buses Fernandez were waiting and we left bang on time! 3 hours later after travelling through flat and barren landscape and dozing quite a bit, we arrived in even heavier rain at Punta Arena bus station. We were un-impressed with Punta Arenas so far and it didn't improve! After being in the mountains, this was our vision of a dump! We...

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Nov 26, 2004 - Punta Delgada, Guesthouse Paradiso & Pali Aike NP

Planned to drive a couple of hours east, near to the ferry crossing point at Punta Delgado, find a hostal... few & far between! Then eat! We followed the south coast of mainland Chile and although still raining, the colour of the water was gorgeous! We passed through a now run down and derelict Estancia San Gregorio with washed up freight boat skeletons on the beach like whale bones. Apparently there was a petrol station here but it was invisible! Near Kimiri Aike and getting late we eventually found Hotel El Tehuelche... soon to be known...

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Nov 25, 2004 - Chile - Punta Arenas

We took the bus down to Punta Arenas from PN which took about 3.5 hours. Checked in to a pretty average hostel (the Blue House) and then had a wander around Punta Arenas. The wind was amazing, we saw a small child being blown over and at one point Monica had to hold on to a lamppost to avoid being blown away. We decided to get out of there fast, but not before booking a trip down to Antarctica !

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Nov 21, 2004 - Torres Del Paine - The "W" Trek

Day 1 - P. Natales to Posada Rio Serrano Walls in hostal last night were SO thin you could hear our neighbours breathing! Spelt pretty well regardless and managed a quick shower before breakie. Everyone was heading for the same place today - Torres Del Paine! Supposed to be picked up at 7:20am for the boat trip but noone showed so at 7:35 we legged it for the dock - boat was supposed to leave around 7:45 but didn't head out til gone 8. We had great views of the harbour as we headed up the sound. The boat crew brought us a ham & cheese...

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Nov 20, 2004 - Puerte Natales

We headed for Puerte Natales on yet another bus at around 8am, leaving the snow capped Andes behind us replaced with miles and miles of barren Patagonian Steppes. Only the odd pocket of lush poplar trees hid estancias. The rare stream was occupied by cattle grazing on the only bits vegetation around. We rattled over cattle grids in the middle of nowhere. Here & there sheep were herded by lonesome gouchos with their sheepdogs. Around 11:30am we crossed the Argentinian border, a simple affair, and 10 minutes later the Chilean border was...

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