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Mar 2, 2019 - Running on empty

Woke up this morning and looked out the cabin window to see that the peaks were shrouded in mist and the sky was grey. It was a chilly morning made even more so by the lukewarm shower. Driving through the park we picked up some hitchhikers, a young couple from Germany. It was drizzling and we felt sorry for them with their huge backpacks and raingear. After dropping them off we headed for the main road out of the park but stopped at a shallow lake as we had spotted pink flamingos feeding. We continued on our way back to Puerto Natales to...

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Mar 1, 2019 - Torres del Paine National Park

We left Puerto Natales and headed 100 kms up the road for the Serrano entrance to the national park. Once in the park we paid our entrance fee of CLP$42000 and got our waterproof map of the park and headed for the first viewpoint. Spectacular, glorious, gorgeous and stunning are some of the words that come to mind when attempting describe the scenery in the park. This park has it all, craggy mountains covered in snow, endless glaciers, azure lakes, ponds, and various meandering rivers and that's just the landscape. Throw in some weird...

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Feb 27, 2019 - Ultima Esperanza and no wind - double yippee!!

Today we took a very pleasant 250km drive from Punta Arena to Puerto Natales which is in the region called "Last Hope". The road was in excellent condition throughout and very quiet. This allowed both driver and passenger to enjoy the passing scenery of scrubby tundra at first with the occasional sheep farm later. The jagged, snow-capped mountains in the distance grew larger and clearer as we progressed. The skies were grey but at least it wan't anywhere as windy as it could have been for this time of year. We are spending two nights at...

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Feb 25, 2019 - Heading South to Patagonia

Chileans must not be keen milk drinkers as the supermarket only stocked UHT milk and lots of it. When we asked for coffee at the restaurants we received a cup of hot water and a container of instant coffee so we could add our own amount of coffee but no milk. When I did ask for coffee with milk they brought a cup of hot UHT milk and the container of instant coffee. At the OXXO, which is like a 7/11 I selected cappuccino from the coffee vending machine and it came with cinnamon on top! Food-wise Chileans are very keen on hot dogs served...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Punta Arenas Chile & Strait of Magellan

Yesterday we cruised past Cape Horn, again. This time we went far enough around to see a number of glaciers. I did not know South America had Glaciers and we saw more here than we saw when we were in Alaska. Also, when I checked the average temperatures at the places we were visiting before we left Hawaii so Julieann could properly pack what we needed, almost all stops were recording in the 80’s. Somehow I missed the memo that informed us that Cape Horn and Chile didn’t make the cut. Actually, Chile should be spelled CHILLY. The temperature...

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Jan 7, 2018 - A Day in Punta Arenas

Spent the day walking around Punta Arenas, it is about 50F out today so only a light jacket some clouds this is the largest city south of the 46th parallel south. The population is about 150,000 and it sets on the shore of the Straits of Magellan where many large ships pass through. A lot of walking around the city a stop for lunch another crab salad and a small beer (this one was really small LOL). The got a taxi to go to the area where the replica of ship ships were the Nao Victoria the only ship of Magellan fleet (were 5 ship in his...

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Jan 6, 2018 - Punta Arenas

Today it is a bit overcast and looks like it will be raining soon, down for some breakfast then a bit of stuff on the computer and pack my bags check out and head off to the bus terminal. The bus trip back to Punta Arenas takes three hours, getting there at 3:30 PM then a 5 block walk to my hotel. It is on the second floor with no lift LOL got checked in, and my room is about 5 times bigger than the last place, LOL Out for some dinner with a starter of king crab plate, and followed with a very small T-bone steak, LOL and a small beer. The...

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Jan 5, 2018 - Puerto Natales

Back in Puerto Natales for the day spent it just walking about the the town, A very easy day. Was a bit of rain and lots of wind during the day, a stop for lunch a nice big king crab plate very good. A stop at the supermarket for some cheese, couple slices of ham and chips and a large beer for my evening meal back at the hosel. Then back to my room worked a bit on the computer had my beer and stuff then was off to bed.

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Jan 4, 2018 - Torres Del Paine

Today after breakfast I am picked up from my hostel and take a tour of Torres del Paine the big National park here in the Patagonia, I am the first one picked up at 8:30 AM then we go to other hotels picking up the other 15 people and had out of town by 9:00 this only a day trip so will see just a very small part of the park. This national park was created in 1959 and covers 242,242 hectares it has a lot of hiking trails to explore hikes ranging from 3 to 8 days, camping out, Not on this trip. LOL We had a good day traveling around the park...

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Jan 3, 2018 - Puerto Natales

This morning we are traveling in the Magellan Straits getting close to our port Punta Arenas where we dock. This is the end of a great trip to Antarctica and it is with a bit of sadness now that our trip is ending, down for my last breakfast on the ship my waiter Ryan was also sad, has been great chatting with him. When I left the dinning room he said he would not say goodbye but see you later. It is raining as we pull into the pier and first lines across at 6:45 AM and completely tied by 6:50 AM, we clear passport at at 7:30 AM and we are...

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Dec 26, 2017 - Boxing Day 2017

Boxing Day and we are woken by alarm the first time this holiday, must have been knackered by yesterday's hiking. The weather is warmish at about 10c but the wind is blowing at between 35 and 40 knots constantly. As and when you approach the glaciers or snowfields the wind turns into an icy blast. Today we have a ride out to the western end of the Torres deal Paine National Park to undertake a 2 hour hike to the Salto Grande river and waterfall, the largest in the park. I have attached some photos of the sites that we saw today spectacular...

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Dec 25, 2017 - Oh no lost signal after massive input Christmas Day 2017

It is now gone past midnight into Boxing Day as I capture our Christmas Day as the Internet signal was lost during my last wonderfully scripted effort, so back to this morning. It's Christmas, as usual I woke at 4,5,6 and 7 when Alison allowed to me get up to see what Santa had left us. There were 4 small but exciting packages to open, the first we knew as we brought ourselves some Argentian Choclate and scoffed them immediate as we had not eaten for at least 6 hours. Alison was next and got a knitted guanaco (llama) and a multi functional...

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