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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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Oct 28, 2013 - Torres del Paine National Park

A magical day, sun and blue skies, and no wind! We can now see the mountains from our hotel. Today we ventured into Torres del Paine National Park, sharing the tour with two Koreans and two French, but fortunately for us (as seems to be the case), the commentary was in English. The day comprised a circumnavigation of the magnificent, well photographed, Torres del Paine Massif, and massive is an appropriate word to describe these mountains. Each viewpoint provided a spectacular view of the Massif. Also included was a visit to Grey Glacier,...

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Oct 27, 2013 - Puerto Natales Caves and Condors

Today continued to be extremely windy, up to 90 km per hour, so we opted for excursions where the wind was not too much of a problem. A morning drive and walk to three caves, the last of which was where human remains were found dating back to 8,000 years ago (doesn't seem long ago, but 20.000 years ago, this area was completely covered in a mass of ice). In the afternoon we ventured into Condor country, a drive then a walk up to the top of a hill to where the condors raise their young and teach them how to fly in the thermals. A lucky day...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Puerto Natales

Our 2 1/2 hour drive from Punta Arenas was in extreme windy conditions, the poor driver having to constantly fight to control the steering wheel. Visibility was also extremely limited. We arrived at what looked like old storage sheds set on the water's edge. These buildings were once called Frigorifico Bories, a cold storage plant built in the early 20th Century. They were used as a sheep processing centre, where coal and gas fired steam boilers powered an electrical generation system as well as an extensive refrigeration works necessary...

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Feb 19, 2013 - On board ferry

2/19/2013 There are 8 cabins with 2 beds and a private bath on board and they come with a private dining room which is really nice as we have table service and do not have to stand in the long lines for meals. Instead of departing at 8 AM we departed about 10:30 AM. The ship is old but fairly well maintained. It reminds us of our crossings from mainland Mexico to Baja except there are more passengers and the trip does not arrive in Puerto Montt until Friday morning. We have seen some wonderful scenery already and even a few glaciers....

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Feb 18, 2013 - Puerto Natales boarding the ferry

2/18/2013 A lazy morning as we board the ferry this afternoon. Off to the store to buy our goodies for the trip. Oops, came out of the store and noticed a very low outside tire on the rear passenger side. Had seen a advertisement for a tire shop, drove there at 2:30 and waited the afternoon opening at 3 PM. The tire shop manually jacked the rig up, manually removed the tire using a cheater bar, found the screw in the tire, removed, patched and re installed. Out by 4 PM at a cost of 3,000 Chilean dollars. Picked up the laundry we had left...

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