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Dec 27, 2012 - Punta Arenas

Didn't go on any organised tours. Went to town, took some photo's of the statue in honour of Magellan. More markets. Bought some cough medicine as a pharmico after some animated translation. Then back to the ship. Beautiful coastline, there main industries here are sheep and oil/gas. Very green scenery with the occasional snow covered peak. Steve was too sick with an cold acquired during the trip to remain at dinner and retired for a rest. Lynne went to a puppet show called the Huber Marionettes she though t was very clever and wished she...

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Dec 24, 2012 - Week 13 - Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, Navimag (Chile)

The third day of the ‘W’ trek in Torres del Paine national park started with a 2.5 hour trek up the central branch of the ‘W’ to the closed climbers camp, Britanico then a further 45 mins to the Britanico viewpoint. Having left our bags and tent at the campsite the walk felt really easy and we quickly made our way up the valley to the glacier viewpoints. Sadly it was pretty overcast so the view was limited but rumours of a puma sighting spurred us on. After retracing our steps back to camp to pack up the tent we carried on a further 2.5...

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Dec 19, 2012 - Week 12 - Ushuaia, Torres del Paine (Argentina, Chile)

After a bit of research we realised it was going to cost £160 each for a return to the Chilean town, Puerto Williams on the southern side of the Beagle Channel, so we extended our 2 night stay in Ushuaia to 5 nights (this also meant we saved ourselves another 4 passport stamps, our passports are starting to fill up with all the weaving in and out of Argentina and Chile already and they need to last us the two years). Yet again we had a great hostel with 360 degree views of the port and the snow capped mountains from the top floor common...

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Dec 9, 2012 - Torres del Paine

Flew in from Santiago to Puntas Arenas to be met by highly efficient Explora team and transfer to the Explora Patagonia hotel, my (after Antarctica and Galapagos my splurge hotel on the trip). The hotel is set in the Torres del Paine National Park, an area of some 1810 sq km of Patagonia complete with spectacular mountains, huge lakes, glaciers, steppe and lots of guanacos (so have now completed the set of South American camelids...). The drive is some 5 hours long and essentially flat landscape with gusting winds but omg its worth it...

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Nov 30, 2012 - Fresh air and exercise

Our three day rest period has been at the Explora hotel set in the most beautiful setting that we have ever seen. Every evening we have an explanation of activities that are available for the following day and the Explora philosophy is to get you outdoors and explore the local area. Our activities have been: 16km walk up into a velley in the Torres mountain Nature walk around a lake Barbecue lamb lunch Horse riding including crossing a river to reach a view point Walking to a beach with icebergs The hotel has a number of vans to drive you...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Nov 27, 2012 - To More Ice and Mountains

When we left El Calafate the wind had mercifully abated and the poplar trees looked less likely to be uprooted than they had the night before. There was some cloud around but blue sky was visible too. There was an option to save some distance in total but to forego a fuel opportunity by driving 65km of gravel. Some of our cars are more suited to tarmac but a number, having done some local research as to the quality, decided to take the short cut, including us. We had calculated that the rationed amount of petrol available would make little...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Nov 10, 2012 - Torres del Paine walk

Morning has brought fantastic trekking weather. The granite walls near the ´towers´are pink in the early morning sunshine so our walk is on! Thankfully the wind has dropped. Just 8 of group of 16 are doing the hike so we drop the remainder off to do a Flora and Fauna walk. The park was created in 1959 and is 1,810 sq Km. The weather is reliably changeable! It is an area that draws really serious hikers and also mountain climbers.The central peak was first climbed by the British team of Bonnington and Williams. The trail starts off at a...

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Nov 9, 2012 - Torres del Paine

What a view in the morning sun! The pink granite face of the rock face in the distance and the most incredible cloud formations. However, it is just a bit windy ...slight understatement! Patagonia is known for being windy but the flag on the one-hole golf area (!!!) is bent over like the flag trees. We head off to do a gentle 8Km walk with Carlos,our local guide, a slightly shy, stocky man with expressive eyebrows. He is wearing shorts,and apparently always does, bit like our mad postie back in the UK! We visit a wonderful waterfall, Salto...

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Nov 8, 2012 - Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine

Punta Arenas (Sandy Point) is also known as the city of monuments.The most famous is that of Magellan in the main square. You are supposed to have good luck if you touch the toe of one of the mariners which we dutifully did yesterday afternoon, so we set off on our long journey (12 hours) to Chile in high spirits. We have had superb weather so far so it is sad that it starts to rain,albeit not heavily,as we drive through the town sprawling along the edge of the huge bay. We are nearing the outskirts when there is a huge bang and the coach...

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Nov 7, 2012 - From Tierra del Fuego to Punta Arenas, Chile

The early start was worthwhile to see the sunrise over the bay with reflections of pink tinged clouds in the harbour. Our ´local bus´for our predicted 12 hr journey turns out to be a comfortable coach shared with other travellers and a few locals. We set off to the east skirting round the mountains, past frozen lakes and ´forests´of dead trees festooned with lichen, called Old Man´s Beard here. Then the landscape changes into the Patagonian Steppes, very flat with herds of beef cattle and some horses then flocks of sheep. These are huge...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Torres del Paine

Depuis Ushuaia, nous avons pris un bus jusqu'à Punta Arenas au Chili où nous avons passé une nuit avant de repartir à Puerto Natales. Là, nous sommes restés quelques jours pour nous préparer au trekking du Parc National Torres del Paine. Nous avons vidé nos sacs de tout le superflu et l'avons rempli de nourriture déshydratée, de barres de céréales, fruits secs,... nous avons même trouvé du Toblerone ! Puis, l'aventure a vraiment commencé. Il faut avouer qu'au début après les premières montées et vu mon entrainement, je me demandais quelle...

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Mar 30, 2012 - Torres del Paine

Left the lovely El Chaletn at the ungodly hour of 6am as we had a long day with a border crossing - not as bad as it could have been we cleaned out all of our fresh food at our lunch stop and only had a packet of dry pasta and some nuts confiscated - guess they were hungry. Stopped in Puerto Natales for our cook groups to shop and for us to have a look around - bought a walking stick a hat and some socks. Arrived at our camp site about 8pm to discover the best camp toilet block ever - clean as much hot water as wanted even hot water in the...

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