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Feb 18, 2013 - Puerto Natales boarding the ferry

2/18/2013 A lazy morning as we board the ferry this afternoon. Off to the store to buy our goodies for the trip. Oops, came out of the store and noticed a very low outside tire on the rear passenger side. Had seen a advertisement for a tire shop, drove there at 2:30 and waited the afternoon opening at 3 PM. The tire shop manually jacked the rig up, manually removed the tire using a cheater bar, found the screw in the tire, removed, patched and re installed. Out by 4 PM at a cost of 3,000 Chilean dollars. Picked up the laundry we had left...

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Feb 17, 2013 - Puerto Natales

2/17/2013 We are off to drive the road through Torres Del Paine. The day was spent mostly on dirt roads, but the views of the mountains were spectacular. Hope we get a chance to upload some photos, breath taking! After driving over 120K of dirt we are ready for an early evening back at the boat harbor. Tomorrow afternoon we board the Navimag Ferry from Puerto Natales to Port Montt. This trip is supposed to be a great highlight and we are looking forward to our 4 nights and 3 days of not driving and having all meals prepared for us.

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Feb 16, 2013 - Puerto Natales

2/16/2013 The sleep last night was mostly good, but some of the local hot car drivers did not seem to appreciate our taking up “their” area and would come by and rev their cars, but no problems. We are off Puerto Natales this morning. Puerto Natales is the jumping off point to visit Torres Del Paine which we will do tomorrow. We have found that there are no campgrounds in town, but have arranged to park at the harbor. The town is much smaller than Punta Arenas and much more laid back. The town caters to hikers going to the park and...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Punta Arenas, Chile

2/15/2013 An easy drive today to Punta Arenas, Chile. A very nice city with some interesting buildings. Fishing is very big here and if I ever get to upload photos you can see that some of the fisherman keep their boats in their yards out of season. Very windy but the city information office said we could park on the waterfront, which we are doing. Very relaxing watching the ships come and go and the kids run, walk, bike ride and do what kids do. Very nice area.

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Feb 1, 2013 - Punta Arenas, Chile

We had spent the past two days sailing south along the Chilean coastline. The first day was relatively quiet as we wended our way through some of the fjords and came down the Beagle Channel. The second day was a little rougher due to the prevailing winds and inb lieu of cruising the Amalia Glacier we simply headed for Punta Arenas (henceforth, PA). We anchored off PA during the night and docked early in the AM. We were up and out early since today was the day for our first encounter with penguins. We took chartered intra-coastal ferry to...

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Jan 19, 2013 - Transfer to Punta Arenas

Saturday, January 19, 2013 We arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile & were delivered to the Australis office where we checked in for our cruise and left our luggage. Most of it anyway! Margarita made Pancho carry a bag with a couple bottles of water while walking around Punta Arenas for the three hours we had to wait for our embarkation! We are still having the unusually hot weather here in PA . We were looking for a cerveza or pisco sour. Finally ended up at Club Tapiz, a cute little cafe (very delicious pastries) and cooled off "a little". There...

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Jan 16, 2013 - Land Transfer to Torres del Paine in Chile

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Today, bright and early,we headed to Torres del Paine, Chile. Although on a map, El Calafate & TDP are relatively close, there is a mountain between them and only a few specific border crossings. We needed to head east & then south and back west to reach the border crossing. This took about 3 hours.Our transportation was included in the Las Torres Hotel all-inclusive charge. They gave us a bag full of goodies to munch on during our trip. When the van picked us up, there were already about 6 people on board. We...

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Jan 16, 2013 - Backpacking Adventure

There are few things I enjoy more than hiking in the mountains, so Torres del Paine National Park in Chile was a natural destination for me while in Patagonia. I chose to hike the “W” circuit, which is so named because the route resembles that particular letter when viewed on a map. This hike is one of the best-known treks in South America and the trail and park are well maintained. Despite its popularity, though, there are vast regions of the park that still feel like untouched wilderness. In fact, the water in the streams is glacial melt...

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Jan 11, 2013 - Torres del Paine and some Patagonian history

Torres del Paine national park in southern Patagonia is definitely one of the most remote places in the world The closest town, Puerto Natales, is about a four hour bus drive away (we took the scenic, 8 hour route into the park, much of it on gravel). And, as there is no airport in Puerto Natales, we had a 7 hour bus trip the previous day from El Calafate. However, it is spectacular with snow-capped mountains, hanging glaciers, beautiful forests (notwithstanding that about 20% of the park was damaged by fires about one year ago) and...

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Jan 11, 2013 - Torres del Paine

I've made my way 250 km (155 miles) by bus from Punta Arenas to the small town of Puerto Natales, which serves as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. The flat, barren landscape immediately outside of Punta Arenas is home to large sheep and cattle ranches, but gradually snow-capped peaks appear on the horizon. By the time we reached Puerto Natales we had nearly a 360 degree view of the mountains surrounding town. Torres del Paine Park is one of the premier parks in Patagonia and is known as a trekker's paradise because of it's...

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Jan 9, 2013 - Patagonia At Last

The hostel I’ve stayed at for the past two nights is appropriately named “The End of the World Hostel”—not because Armageddon is upon us, but because geographically I have reached the southern tip of South America. After a 3-1/2 hour flight from Santiago I arrived in the town of Punta Arenas, which lies on the Strait of Magellan. There is little separating this southernmost Chilean town from Antarctica. In fact, Chile lays claim to a pie-wedge slice of Antarctica and Punta Arenas is the capital of the administrative district to which it’s...

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Jan 9, 2013 - Penguins and More Penguins

I made the most of my first full day in Patagonia, the southernmost region of South America shared by Chile and Argentina. At 7:00am I was picked up at my hostel and taken to the harbor for a 6-hour boat trip in the Strait of Magellan. Our destination was Isla Magdalena, a sandy island 35 km north of the city, which serves has a seasonal breeding ground for thousands of Magellanic penguins. Between September and April each year more than 100,000 penguins arrive there to give birth to their young. The entire process is astonishingly fast....

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