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Nov 15, 2004 - Chile - Puerto Montt - Navimag Boat trip to Puerta Natales

Hi all, Well after all the rain in Puerta Varas we were due for some sunshine. It lasted a morning while we were on the bus to Puerto Montt. As we were waiting to board the Navimag boat which would take us down the coast of Chile to Puerta Natales it started to rain again ! We stocked up on Vodka, diet coke and pisco sour for the trip in case it got a bit rough (also had the sea sickness tablets ready !). We boarded the boat, found our cosy cabin (shared with two other people) and dumped our stuff in our lockers. There were about 300 people...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Puerto Natales/ Torres del Paine

Another 2 hour flight lands us in Punta Arenas, we go 4 hours in a bus further North to a place called Puerto Natales, the hop off point for the Torres del Paine national park, where spectacular views promise to await us..... Well,Punta Arenas....the most southerly city in Chile.Puerto Natales is situated on the Last Hope Sound (fjord edged)- Ultima Esperanza. It has a background of spectacular mountains and has lots of pretty brightly painted corrugated tin houses. This was a quick pit stop before we set off at 7.45am to go camping in the...

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

May 11, 2004 - Ahoy there to all fellow Navimaggers

We boarded the Navimag ferry at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. The ferry was not due to leave until 6 a.m. the following morning as it had to be loaded with cargo. We were then in a timewarp on the ferry for the next 3 or 4 days (hard to tell or remember). All meals together with wine were provided, our beds were made for us and even the toilets had toilet paper in them. The whole experience on the ferry could have been squashed into one day as the scenery didn't change that much. We spent our time playing cards, chess, drinking dodgy wine /...

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May 3, 2004 - Torres del Paine - Day 1 of hiking the "W"

Torres del Paine means the "Towers of Pain" and we were going to put this name to the test by doing a 5 day hike through it. We were planning to use two different refugios or hostals at the bottom of the "W" as bases. It is called the "W" as the trek makes a "W" around the major peaks. "W" also stands for walk and widget. The first day would take us from Refugio Las Torres to the Mirador Las Torres (viewpoint of the towers). This section forms the right hand arm of the "W". The time on the map was 4 hours / 9.5 km each way. We started off...

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May 2, 2004 - Puerto Natales, gateway to the Chilean fjords

We had got a good tip off from Team Moriarty-Cole to stay at Casa Cecilia. They were not wrong and as well as extremely good central heating, fresh bread and a cute puppy they provided excellent information about planning a trek in Torres del Paine. Team Moriarty-Cole are 2 friends of ours also on a round the world trip (but starting in South America). We missed them by a day as they caught the Navimag ferry to Puerto Montt last night. We catch the same ferry in a weeks time. After planning our hike of the "W" in the Torres del Paine we...

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May 1, 2004 - Punta Arenas, home of numerous penguin colonies

If you have been following our travels in Australia and New Zealand you will not be suprised to learn that we had missed all the penguins. So, sorry no fluffy pictures. We were going to hop over to Tierra del Fuego but we found out the ferry we wanted to catch from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt was cancelled. We would have to go a week early if we wanted to get the ferry. This meant we had much less time in Patagonia than we would have liked and no time to visit the Moreno Glacier in Argentina either. We left shortly after visiting the...

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Feb 15, 2004 - Perto Natales to Ushuaia (Fin del Mundo - End of the World)

After a rest day in Puerto Natales, the plan was to make our way to Ushuaia in Argentina, the world´s Southernmost town. After spending another day in Puerto Arenas we caught a coach to the ferry point to cross over onto the island of Tierra del Fuego. Then, after about 2 hours of driving we reached the border of Argentina. After going through the usual passport stamping procedure we headed for Rio Grande, before grabbing another bus for Ushuaia, arriving there at 10pm, given we left Puerto Arenas at 9am, it was a long day. We had 3 days in...

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Jan 23, 2004 - Torres Del Paine national park: days 1 to 3. Guarderia Laguna Amarga to camping Los Perros

On the 12th of January we started a 9 day trek around the national park of Torres Del Paine, claiming to be ChileÂ's premier national park. It took 3 hours to get to the park entrance from Puerto Natales, and as expected it was very windy - as Patagonia always is - but unfortunately miserably raining too. I expected barren mountainous scenery like the start of the Choro Trail in Bolivia, it was anything but. The whole park is surrounded by glaciers fed from the Patagonian southern ice field (3rd largest in the world - 380km long, 68km...

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Dec 14, 2002 - No Paine, No Gain

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1700 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com N o P a i n e, N o G a i n - e e The farther south you go in Chile, the better it gets, the highlight being Torres del Paine National Park in the rather far south of Chilean Patagonia, where you can hike until you drop. Must you be a macho man (or macha woman) to conquer what may be the wildest and most fabulous national park on the planet? Nah. Anyone can go whether they require plush accommodations, or their wallet prefers to camp. No matter your pocketbook, you'll be awed by what...

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