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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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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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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 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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Sep 15, 2017 - Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales

We leave at 9.30 in the Hotel Van. There is an English couple we are dropping off at the catamaran as they are travelling by boat to the start of the trek they are doing. There is also Alan, an American, who did a marathon here earlier in the week and he is changing to Los Torres Hotel, outside of the Park and nearer a mountain he is going to climb on Saturday. He had a chat to us too and didn't like Lago Grey Hotel either. It is really windy today but this has worked out well for us as the Torres del Paine and Cuernos del Paine, are now...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Puerto Natales

A nothing day today as there are no tours available. We get up late as it does not get light until about 8 am and that’s when the street lights go off along the esplanade. We do have to pay our bus fare out to the Torres del Paine National Park. The Maria Jose bus company’s office in town is not open so we have to catch a taxi back to the bus station to pay the fare. Once that is done we wander around the town and Phil gets a new pair of trekking trousers and myself a new beanie. A warm beanie may come in handy with the temperatures getting...

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Mar 4, 2017 - Torres del Paine, le plus célèbre Parc du Chili

Bonjour à Tous, Moment longtemps attendu, un des bijoux de la Patagonie. Dernier Grand Parc avant la Terre de Feu. Il est au Chili, donc, retour en ce beau pays. 6 jours de treck en espérant que la météo se trompera un peu, car, dans les quelques jours d'attente de mes dates de réservation à Puerto Natales, rien de bien encourageant... Au départ de cette ville, ciel clair et pas de vent. Bien, dans le Parc se fut l'été pour 2 1/2 jours. Pas vent et ciel dégagé. Oui, 2-3 averses le 2ieme jours en pm alors que je dormais, car, départ dans...

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Jan 26, 2017 - Paine del Torres - Monday through Wednesday

When we awoke on Monday morning, we found that Barry had had another feverish night, and we decided to seek some medical advice. A hotel driver took us to the park entrance where we met a paramedic. Interestingly, the paramedic examined Barry from the inside of the ambulance because the office was under renovation. Our driver was also our interpreter, but I found myself doing a lot of pantomime and using French words in case the paramedic might recognize something, like “medicament.” Not so much. Basically, Barry had some kind of virus. Not...

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Jan 22, 2017 - Patagonia - Torres del Paine

Barry spent a terrible night - coughing, restless, and miserable. I was so tired that I slept through it all. We had some breakfast and checked out, then waited in the Dream Hotel lobby, next to the casino, for our driver from the Explora hotel. He arrived on time with a van for us and two other couples, one from Wisconsin and one from Great Britain. Both of them had just been on different Antarctic expeditions. The English couple made it to South Georgia Island, though they had not been able to land at Elephant Island to trace Shackleton’s...

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Jan 2, 2014 - Patagonia - W hike

27 December Puerto Natales - Refugio Las Torres, Patagonia, 'W' hike Puerto Natales turns out to be a very scenic town that's easy to wander around but it would seem you do need some decent wind proof gear. Saw some brave individuals fighting the winds on a bike. Walked around the lake with its sculptures consisting of giant digits from a left hand and the 'famous in Puerto Natales' giant sloth (or Molydon), the remains of which were found in a cave on the outskirts of the town about 100 years ago. Lining the sky line on the far side of the...

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Dec 27, 2013 - We've arrived - Puerto Natales

Travel blog - 26 December 2013 Brisbane/Adelaide - Sydney - Auckland - Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales....and it's still Boxing Day! We've started our big adventure with a 30 hour mix of plane and bus rides to find ourselves Puerto Natales, Patagonia, Chile. Even when you find yourself on another continent, it's a small world. As we were finding our way around Santiago airport, I heard my name. Turns out it was someone I knew also heading for Puntas Arenas and the Antarctic. While we will be on a boat viewing penguins, and...

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Dec 25, 2013 - Patagonia: Torres del Paine NP

Patagonia, Chile: Torres del Paine National Park ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 22-25 December 2013 Chilean Patagonia Torres del Paine is Chile's foremost national park and the place where I have just finished three-and-a-half days of trekking. Prior to my arrival, everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - with whom I had spoken who had been to the park regaled me with tales of a curmudgeonly climate, prone to lashing its visitors with torrents of...

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