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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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Dec 2, 2013 - Our last "last" day at The Singular...

We were sad to have left the Explora, the amazing views, the lovely people and the memories of one truly special hike. Having said that it was great to be back in the uber luxury of The Singular. We even had our same rooms back! We spent quite a long time in the spa and then had to decide what to do the next day – after everything we had done in the park and when we were previously at The Singular it was difficult to know what to do. We opted for a full day excursion to do some “fossil hunting”. Sunday morning – we had another amazing...

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Nov 27, 2013 - Our first "last" day at The Singular….

So as we were leaving for the Explora the next day - this was our first last day at The Singular (first last, as we will be back here again before we head to Chiloe). When we were booking up our excursions, we were told that Tuesday would be the best day to go up to Serrano glacier as the weather was meant to be much calmer. Sure enough we woke up on Tuesday morning and the water outside the hotel was absolutely calm - as calm as we had seen it in our three days at the Singular. So after a quick and hasty breakfast we headed onto the boat...

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Nov 25, 2013 - The Singular

On our vehicle to the Singular, there was another couple from the boat and they were very worried to hear all the sobbing from the back of the vehicle as the kids waved goodbye to the Stella Australis and Quinn and Kia! The drive to The Singular was expected to take around 3 hours, so plenty of time to catch up on a bit of sleep (which I think most of us did!). George had warned us that this hotel was special, but I don't think we were expecting it to be quite so special (it thoroughly deserves the accolade of the best hotel in Chile). It...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Glacier Day

And another beautiful days sees us boarding a fast boat and heading through calm waters, surrounded by snow capped mountains to the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park seeking the impressive Serrano Glacier. We walked along the lake following abandoned icebergs to a close viewing point of this glacier. Also interesting to hear, then see, many avalanches whilst we were there. As if this glacier wasn't enough to impress, our boat headed for Balmaceda Glacier, the blue from the ice was dazzling. Felt like real "toffs" sitting back, drinking...

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