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Mar 25, 2010 - Iceberg, Captain!

The Moreno Glacier is supposedly Argentina’s premier attraction, along with Iguacu. It is certainly impressive. Something we have found, however, is because we are bussing everywhere, the downside is that we spend days on a bus travelling through mountains and endless highways, at the end of which you come to star tourist attractions like the aforementioned Moreno, and it can feel a bit like a walk through a peaceful garden where you reach the rose bush in the middle and someone starts playing loud music, so to speak. But the things that...

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Operation Badger

Mar 8, 2007 - El Calafate and Moreno Glacier Day 10

The Moreno glacier is one of the world's natural wonders. It is 22 square kilometres and is the world's third largest glacier in area. You can hear the almighty crack as chunks of ice break away from the glacier. Words can hardly describe what an awesome sight this is.

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Dec 31, 2006 - A full day on the boat seeing more glaciers

On the last day of 2006, I spend the day on a boat going up the various northern arms of Lago Argentina, where I saw five major (continental, not just mountainous) glaciers, including Upsala Glacier - the largest glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and the longest one in South America (covering 400 square miles). It was a long day on the boat, and the only day of bad weather that actually affected my ability to be outside all day. Some rain, some snow, lots of cold air coming off the glaciers. But some of the views I had, especially...

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Dec 1, 2006 - El Calafate, Argentina

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2006. PUERTO NATALES, CHILE TO EL CALAFATE, ARGENTINA. I caught the 8:30 a.m. bus from Puerto Natales, Chile, to El Calafate, Argentina (Cootra, 10,000 pesos ~$20; 5.5 hrs.). Joining me on the bus were Francisco and Pilar. We all thought Manuel and Gina were also supposed to be on the bus, but they didn't make it before departure. The only thing of note about the ride was that a good portion, perhaps half of the drive, on the Argentinean side was unpaved gravel road. Upon arriving in El Calafate, I went with Francisco...

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Nov 24, 2006 - Into the epic Chilean wilderness

We spent the night in Punta Arenas, although this did allow time for a visit to a particularly good seafood restaurant and a bar recommended by Lonely Planet which it said was where all the Antarctic explorers headed to discuss their expeditions. It was conspiciously lacking in Antarctic explorers, or indeed customers when we popped in, so obviously there are going to be no major discoveries in Antarctica in the near future, or at least not those from expeditions that have been planned on the back of a fag packet in the bar in Punta...

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Aug 14, 2006 - Moreno Glacier

We caught a scenic bus across the border into Argentina past vast open expanses of untouched glittering snow, just crying out for footprints. Even the roads were dusted in white and there were no cars or people to be seen for miles. We were headed to El Calafate, a pretty town of wooden A-frame and ski chalet type houses based around a frozen lake which was carved up by ice skaters. We booked a local bus the following day up to see the star attraction, the Moreno Glacier. As we were about to clamber aboard the bus, the driver managed to get...

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Chris and Kim's Trip

Mar 18, 2006 - Torres Del Paine

Pouring rain and Freezing wind was what I woke up to in the morning and luckily for the rodents I did not have anymore holes in my tent. After consulting the weather map and talking to a couple of people one who had been in the park for eightteen days and only had two fine days in that time. We decide to pull pin and head back to Puerto Natales.

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Mar 17, 2006 - Torres Del Paine

Yesterday we had arrived in showers into Puerto Natales but when we woke up today it was bucketing down. After getting the two and half our bus ride out to the ferry it was still raining and very cold. We crossed over to the start of the walk and after putting up our tents in pouring rain and a howling wind at the campsite. Daniel and I decide to walk up the Glacier lookout two hours up the valley. We ended up being very lucky as when we arrived at the lookout the weather cleared up for one hour allowing us a amazing view of the glacier and...

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Jan 17, 2006 - Torres del Paine

Crossing back into Argentina, we headed for Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park. We spent a glorious 4 days trekking through this spectacular park, crossing grassy pampas where condors soar overhead, climbing alongside glaciers, fording icy rivers and camping in fairy woodlands. Unfortunately the Torres - three granite pillars often cast in a watermelon glow by the sunrise - failed to emerge from the clouds the morning we scrambled up the rocky path in the dark, but nonethless, the trek was a stunning introduction to Chile.

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Dec 19, 2005 - Torres del Paine

Hallo Zusammen Am letzten Mittwoch bin ich mit dem Flugzeug von Puerto Montt nach Punta Arenas geflogen. Ein super Flug, ich hatte einen Fensterplatz und einen herrlichen Blick auf die Bergketten und Gletscher unter mir. Vom Flughafen gab's dann auch gleich einen Bus nach Puerto Natales. Wobei "gleich" in diesem Fall heisst, zwei Stunden später. So kam ich dann am späteren Nachmittag in diesem süssen kleinen Ort an, der mich stark an Skandinavien erinnert. Im Puerto Varas hatte mir eine Holländerin begeistert vom Hostal "Patagonia...

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Ecuador - Chile

Nov 14, 2005 - Fade to Grey

So up for a nice shower and a nice cooked breakfast - this is the way I like to rough it -and then rather than get a minibus, I walked to where I had to pick up the bus, which allowed me to se the Torres from lots of different angles and loosen my legs up again. And then a shortish bus ride to Lago Pehoe, with a good while to spare before the catamaran is due to cross the lake. This bus and boat thing saves me about ten hours walking I don't really have the time for. So I go for a short walk to a nice waterfall and some great views of these...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Torres del Paine & Glacier Gray & Icebergs!

Day 9 Our last day in Chile started at 7am (and -2 degrees) on a bus out to the National Park, north of Puerto Natales. We drove until lunch, stopping for lots of photos and the occasional walk, along a road which I wish they had warned me to wear my sports bra. I pity anyone who is not an AA cup! You know how in Oz you get the odd corrugation on your dirt tracks, well this just went on and on and on, with the added bonus of crashing pot holes, for about 2 hours. Dave has found a new occupation - being an over shoulder boulder holder! (I am...

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