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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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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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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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Dec 25, 2017 - Christmas Eve heading to Terra deal Pines

I am writing this on Christmas Night at about 10:30 after another delicious 3 course meal, with seafood soup starter, braised beef and a caremel ice cream dessert. Diet will have to start in new year. Anyhow going back to Christmas Eve and we are heading some 5 1/2 hours North to Torres del Paine. Amart for blue. We share with the transport with a nice English family from Tunbridge wells to share our journey with so Alison can have a natter. Unfortunately their young lad had been ill during the night and needed close attention with a bucket...

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Sep 14, 2017 - Torres del Paine

Today with have booked, at great expense, an all day private tour with Josie (the tour guide from Lago Grey Hotel) called Lookouts and Waterfalls. The weather is not great, quite windy and cold and a little bit of rain but this should not affect us much as we are in the car most of the day to get a good overview of the whole Park. Phil has had a very bad back for the last few days and is in quite a lot of pain. After getting up and mobile he feels he will manage sitting in the vehicle so we decide to go ahead with the tour. We leave the...

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Sep 13, 2017 - Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

Up at 6am and a quick breakfast and a taxi picks us up at 7.00 to go back to the bus station as the public bus to Torres del Paine leaves at 7.30. There are only about 10 of us on the bus and we raised the average age considerably! We leave Puerto Natales and travel around the bay and start heading towards the mountains. There are 3 stops on this run and we will get off on the last stop. There are many more snow caped mountains the further on we travel. After about 2 hours travelling we round a bend and there is a van pulled over to the...

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Mar 31, 2017 - 18 March 2017 - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

More border crossings on 17th March as we start to head north towards Torres del Paine National Park. And another ferry crossing across the Magellan Straits. Our treat for today is a visit to a king penguin colony - it was a bit voyeuristic peeping through the holes in the fence to see the penguins in the wild but very interesting too. Tonight we are wild camping at a very cold place called Parque Chabunco, a camping area on the side of the road with beautiful views over the Magellan Straits. We even saw whales! So we finally reached Torres...

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Mar 22, 2017 - Northbound

The worst part of Ushuaia was the night club across the street from the hostel. Live, loud rock music started at 1AM and went to 6AM. Rarely have ear plugs been so dear. We therefore didn't mind the 3AM alarm and 4AM start to leave town. After crossing back to Chile and taking the ferry across the Straits of Magellan, we stopped for a look at king penguins before stopping at a real park for the night. The real park was in training to be a town dump and was right next to the highway, but we are tolerant travelers. After a very long drive,...

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Oct 24, 2016 - Hiking in Torres del Paine

We woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the Blue Mastiff which we could see from our beds. After breakfast we all headed out for a day exploring the park. We stopped for a few "postcard" photo ops on the way to our first hike to the Salto Grande, a rushing waterfall set between Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Pehoe. The day started out really windy which is not unsual for Patagonia they tell us. Our first stop was on a bridge over a river with the Blue Mastiff in the back round. It was still windy--blow you off the bridge if you're not holding on...

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Oct 23, 2016 - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

Lunch at Punta Arenas Ranch & Torres del Paine After breakfast at our hotel in Punta Arenas we departed for Chile's first national park, Torres del Paine. But first we stopped at the airport to check on Judi B's and Jorge's (our tour guide) luggage. Still without luggage we journeyed on to experience Patagonian life. Our first wildlife siting was some Rheas (similar to an ostrich) as well as some birds (Black Chested Buzzard Eagle and Up Land Geese). Our first scheduled stop was the estancia (ranch) El Palenque for barbecued lamb....

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Mar 26, 2016 - Torres del Paine National Park

We left the best hotel we've had so far. Nothing like having enough bathroom counter space and a magnifying mirror so I can see whether I got that contact lens in to make my day. There was a spectacular sunrise on the lake just outside out hotel. Then we hit the road for Torres del Paine National Park, the most popular national park in Chile. Chile is a skinny country under the best of circumstances and down here in the south we were on a little road bounded by the Andes to the west and the Argentinian border to the east. A great location...

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