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Nov 29, 2013 - The Explora - Salto Chico (the base of the towers)

So we left the Singular on Wednesday morning heading for the Explora hotel in the National Park - picked up by one of the Explora drivers (which Mick has decided all look a tad sinister in their puffer jackets and dark glasses - also they hurtle through the park at break neck speed!!). The distances in this country (and also Argentina) although not massive seem to take such a long time to travel - so it took us a good two hours to reach the Explora, in the heart of the park. Although it certainly cannot match The Singular for decor, food...

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Nov 27, 2013 - Our first "last" day at The Singular….

So as we were leaving for the Explora the next day - this was our first last day at The Singular (first last, as we will be back here again before we head to Chiloe). When we were booking up our excursions, we were told that Tuesday would be the best day to go up to Serrano glacier as the weather was meant to be much calmer. Sure enough we woke up on Tuesday morning and the water outside the hotel was absolutely calm - as calm as we had seen it in our three days at the Singular. So after a quick and hasty breakfast we headed onto the boat...

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Nov 25, 2013 - The Singular

On our vehicle to the Singular, there was another couple from the boat and they were very worried to hear all the sobbing from the back of the vehicle as the kids waved goodbye to the Stella Australis and Quinn and Kia! The drive to The Singular was expected to take around 3 hours, so plenty of time to catch up on a bit of sleep (which I think most of us did!). George had warned us that this hotel was special, but I don't think we were expecting it to be quite so special (it thoroughly deserves the accolade of the best hotel in Chile). It...

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Oct 30, 2013 - We are Sailing

Spent the day exploring Punta Arenas before boarding the Via Australis for a few days cruising the fiords and waterways of Tierra del Fuego from the Strait of Magellan in the North to Cape Horn in the south. Our first full day involved navigating through Admiralty Sound before dropping anchor in Ainsworth Bay where the Marinelli Glacier is located. We disembarked on Zodiacs at this point and spent time walking the beach and forest area at the foot of the Darwin Range ice field. We also observed some elephant seals that have chosen this...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Glacier Day

And another beautiful days sees us boarding a fast boat and heading through calm waters, surrounded by snow capped mountains to the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park seeking the impressive Serrano Glacier. We walked along the lake following abandoned icebergs to a close viewing point of this glacier. Also interesting to hear, then see, many avalanches whilst we were there. As if this glacier wasn't enough to impress, our boat headed for Balmaceda Glacier, the blue from the ice was dazzling. Felt like real "toffs" sitting back, drinking...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Torres del Paine National Park

A magical day, sun and blue skies, and no wind! We can now see the mountains from our hotel. Today we ventured into Torres del Paine National Park, sharing the tour with two Koreans and two French, but fortunately for us (as seems to be the case), the commentary was in English. The day comprised a circumnavigation of the magnificent, well photographed, Torres del Paine Massif, and massive is an appropriate word to describe these mountains. Each viewpoint provided a spectacular view of the Massif. Also included was a visit to Grey Glacier,...

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Oct 27, 2013 - Puerto Natales Caves and Condors

Today continued to be extremely windy, up to 90 km per hour, so we opted for excursions where the wind was not too much of a problem. A morning drive and walk to three caves, the last of which was where human remains were found dating back to 8,000 years ago (doesn't seem long ago, but 20.000 years ago, this area was completely covered in a mass of ice). In the afternoon we ventured into Condor country, a drive then a walk up to the top of a hill to where the condors raise their young and teach them how to fly in the thermals. A lucky day...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Puerto Natales

Our 2 1/2 hour drive from Punta Arenas was in extreme windy conditions, the poor driver having to constantly fight to control the steering wheel. Visibility was also extremely limited. We arrived at what looked like old storage sheds set on the water's edge. These buildings were once called Frigorifico Bories, a cold storage plant built in the early 20th Century. They were used as a sheep processing centre, where coal and gas fired steam boilers powered an electrical generation system as well as an extensive refrigeration works necessary...

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Mar 30, 2013 - Die letzte Etappe von El Chalten bis Punta Arenas - von den Bergen in die Pampa

Bericht folgt. Update 30.03.2013: Ich bin nun in Puerto Natales angekommen, dem letzten Zwischenhalt vor dem Ziel Punta Arenas. Es ist alles ok:-) Morgen So, dem 31.03.2013, werde ich weiterfahren. Update 04.04.2013: Die letzten km sind gefahren und ich bin nun am Ende meiner Radreise angekommen! Schön war´s aber nach nach 8´000+ km Radfahren kann man auch mal wieder was anderes machen, unter anderem Arbeiten;-) Update 09.04.2013: Seit gestern Mittag bin ich in Buenos Aires, wo ich noch bis Samstag abend "ausharren" muss, bis ich endlich...

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Mar 5, 2013 - Punta Arenas, Chile

March 5, 2013 Punta Arenas, Chile We were awakened at about 7 am by the lowering of the tenders; they are quite loud so there is no sleeping in. We had signed up for another penguin tour but it was cancelled since all the penguins had left. We opted to take the tender into town and walk around at about 11 am. There were several free-lance city tours (by taxi) we could have taken but opted to just walk around instead. We wound up at the city plaza with a statue of Magellan and several street venders selling their goods. We had our picture...

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Feb 19, 2013 - On board ferry

2/19/2013 There are 8 cabins with 2 beds and a private bath on board and they come with a private dining room which is really nice as we have table service and do not have to stand in the long lines for meals. Instead of departing at 8 AM we departed about 10:30 AM. The ship is old but fairly well maintained. It reminds us of our crossings from mainland Mexico to Baja except there are more passengers and the trip does not arrive in Puerto Montt until Friday morning. We have seen some wonderful scenery already and even a few glaciers....

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Feb 18, 2013 - Summer in South America ...and the penguins

Today is an early day as we are in the heart of Patagonia in the town of Punta Arenas Chile (or Sandy Point). This area of Chile is isolated from the rest of Chile by the Southern Ice Fields and can only be reached via land by going through Argentina. This is the Magallanes Province named for Ferdinand Magellan in 1520 when his ship literally blew through the straight and found the calmer waters that he called the Pacific Ocean. This area was populated by many areas of Europe when they were invited to stay and given land and free coal of 6...

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