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Feb 23, 2020 - Amalia Glacier

Today was a most glorious day of sunshine and calm water as we sailed along the west coast of Chile. The highlight was sailing very near to the Amalia Glacier, which is located in Bernardo O'Higgins (great Spanish name) National Park. The glacier originates in southern Patagonia, and is only visible from the water. It is considered a retreating glacier, and has receeded over 7k since 1945. The glacier partially surrounds the Reclus volcano. This has been compared to glaciers in Alaska, but I have not seen those and must say I was very...

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Feb 21, 2020 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas is located on a Peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan. It is the capital and largest city of Chile's southernmost region, with a population of around 125,000. We did not get a chance to visit the city at all, as we boarded a catamaran to go to Magdalena Island. It is home to over 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Unfortunately at this time of the year, most of them had migrated to Antarctica for the summer, and there were a lot more gulls than penguins. It was a bit of a disappointment after visiting Volunteer Point in the...

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Nov 29, 2019 - It started with a hike…

And ends with a hike??? After a very relaxed day yesterday cruising around the fjords and seeing two additional Chilean glaciers, I decided to sign up for the Torres del Paine towers walk. Craig was not feeling well and chose to stay in the hotel and catchup with some work. I was collected at 7:15am and upon entering the minibus, was a little concerned as all the other passengers were sub 30 years! Even though I had done the Kumano Kudo (well, parts of it anyway) I had been indulging a little more since then and wasn’t too sure of my...

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Round the World 2019

Nov 27, 2019 - It’s chilly in Chile!!!

To get from Argentina to Puerto Natales is not that far by road but when you take the bus and have a double decker bus load of people to get through border control, FROM BOTH SIDES, it basically takes the whole day! I think the bus is the only way to see Patagonia from both the Argentinian and Chilean sides, and it was a full bus of travellers. When you hit the Argentinian border, you need to queue to have your passport stamped, as you would expect. This took approximately one hour. Then 20 minutes down the road, through what can only be...

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Round the World 2019

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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