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Feb 16, 2014 - Day 1

A good sleep for most part until the traffic started. But fell back to sleep and did not hear Verne go down for coffee! Got dressed to go downstairs for breakfast and Verne has toilet paper hanging out the waist of the back of his pants! He did say that he used the bathroom after he got back to the room from getting his coffee! Got fitted for our boots an the menu for dinner tonight...Patagonian delight...LAMB. I am having the vegetarian option. Went for a walk around the town, partially sunny and cool...2 layer weather for me! Found a...

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The 7th Continent

Feb 3, 2014 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Another early start! Today we are anchored off Punta Arenas in Chile & have to go ashore by tender. Our tour this morning took us to the Magellan Penguin colony of Otway Sound, about a 75 minute journey by coach over paved & unpaved roads. On the way we saw llamas, guanaco, sheep, cattle, upland geese, a Rhea ( life a small emu) & two Condors. From the car park we walked along a wooden path to the penguin colony. There were penguins in burrows by the path, travelling to & from the beach & generally socialising. They were totally...

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Feb 1, 2014 - Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas, Chile

Saturday 1st February, 2014 Torres del Paine National Park to Punta Arenas, Chile Today was a driving day from the national park down towards Punta Arenas. We left very early and before we had left the park, the truck broke down and had to be fixed. It took about 2 hours and while we were held up at the side of the road, we had a cup of coffee and a bit of breakfast. It was freezing cold and spitting rain, but once back on the truck we headed down towards Punta Arenas. On the way, we stopped for lunch at Puerto Natales, a very windswept...

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Jan 31, 2014 - El Calafate, Argentina to Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Tuesday 28th January 2014 El Calafate, Argentina to Torres del Paine, Chile Up early today, breakfast (3 boiled eggs each that we had cooked yesterday and several slices of cheese that can’t be taken across the border) at the hostel and then we drove from El Calafate south towards the border with Chile. Once at the border formalities to exit Argentina were fairly swift, but it took a lot longer to enter Chile because we had to take all of our bags in to be x-rayed as well as do the immigration. We reached Puerto Natales, the largest town in...

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Jan 30, 2014 - Chacabuco, Chilean Fjords and Amalia Glacier

Monday January 27 Day 27 Puerto Chacabuco, Chile John decided to go ashore but I didn't go with him after my big day yesterday. He had a short walk around the port but there wasn't a lot to see unless he caught a bus into the main town. However the views were beautiful and he always brings back vivid descriptions and great photos of what he sees. It was a formal Penguin black and white night which is unusual for a port day so we decided to get dolled up early so that we could enjoy some chatting after Trivia at six. We won again Trivia but...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Tierra del Fuego - Patagonia 20 - 23 january

19 - 23 January Ushuaia to Punta Arenas 19 - 21 January Ushuaia 19 January We said our goodbyes to our fellow passengers and the wonderful crew and made our departure from the boat back to our 'home' in Ushuaia, Onashin cabanas. A quiet day to sit in the sun, sip a mate and catch up on the blog. We walked into town to stock up on supplies and planned our next few days. Decided on fresh pasta for dinner from the local shop but alas it was closed so asked Mariano (host of Onashin cabanas) for another recommendation. As a result of our...

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Jan 2, 2014 - Patagonia - W hike

27 December Puerto Natales - Refugio Las Torres, Patagonia, 'W' hike Puerto Natales turns out to be a very scenic town that's easy to wander around but it would seem you do need some decent wind proof gear. Saw some brave individuals fighting the winds on a bike. Walked around the lake with its sculptures consisting of giant digits from a left hand and the 'famous in Puerto Natales' giant sloth (or Molydon), the remains of which were found in a cave on the outskirts of the town about 100 years ago. Lining the sky line on the far side of the...

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Dec 29, 2013 - 'End of the World'

'End of the World' is a proud title here for being so far south. I'm in Punta Arenas, the largest Chilean town of southern Patagonia facing onto the Magellan Channel, a pleasant sizable town full of history, good seafood restaurants (King Crab is the local specialty) and with large penguin (pinguino) colonies nearby. The Argentine section of Patagonia goes a bit further south into Tierra del Fuego, the bottom tip of South America which is actually an island separated by a narrow channel. I'm due to 'Fly South, Cruise North' on my 9 day...

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Dec 27, 2013 - We've arrived - Puerto Natales

Travel blog - 26 December 2013 Brisbane/Adelaide - Sydney - Auckland - Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales....and it's still Boxing Day! We've started our big adventure with a 30 hour mix of plane and bus rides to find ourselves Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile. Even when you find yourself on another continent, it's a small world. As we were finding our way around Santiago airport, I heard my name. Turns out it was someone I knew also heading for Puntas Arenas and the Antarctic. While we will be on a boat viewing penguins, and...

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Dec 25, 2013 - Patagonia: Torres del Paine NP

Patagonia, Chile: Torres del Paine National Park ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 22-25 December 2013 Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine is Chile's foremost national park and the place where I have just finished three-and-a-half days of trekking. Prior to my arrival, everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - with whom I had spoken who had been to the park regaled me with tales of a curmudgeonly climate, prone to lashing its visitors with torrents of...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Our last "last" day at The Singular...

We were sad to have left the Explora, the amazing views, the lovely people and the memories of one truly special hike. Having said that it was great to be back in the uber luxury of The Singular. We even had our same rooms back! We spent quite a long time in the spa and then had to decide what to do the next day – after everything we had done in the park and when we were previously at The Singular it was difficult to know what to do. We opted for a full day excursion to do some “fossil hunting”. Sunday morning – we had another amazing...

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Dec 1, 2013 - The rest of our time at the Explora...

So after what has to be one of the best days of the trip so far, what were we going to do the next day….? We decided that we should try the trek to Grey Glacier - a boat trip from the hotel, a 12km trek and then another boat back to the Grey beach and a van back to the hotel. The excursion was due to leave at 7am - to make sure we got across the lake before the wind set in. Still feeling somewhat tired, Mick and I woke up around 5.30 and the wind was blowing a gale - the question was 'to wake or not wake" the kids…… We knew they were...

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