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Patagonia Tour, End of the World

Itís February school vacation week, and most of our friends have been indulging in pedicures and manicures for trips to the Caribbean and Florida. Though we are not glamorous, we are happy, happy, happy because we are going to tour Patagonia today.

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One of the many strays in Chile
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Pam Thomas
We let Caitlin sleep and go for a walk around the chi-chi neighborhood including, it turns out, the Great Britain and New Zealand embassies. Very Parisian. Flower stands are incredible. We blast …
An amazing penguin experience!
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Pam Thomas
At the airport our plane is delayed 3 hours. Ugh. Finally we get to the Park Chateau Unique Hotel in Buenos Aires, which a friend had recommended. It was discounted by Expedia from $105 to $74, but …
One of 100,000 on Isla Magdalena
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Pam Thomas
Up at 7 for glacier trekking day; thank goodness it's sunny! We fetch our box lunches and head out to look at the horses in the corral. There’s a brown and white shepherd that looks just like …
Confronting our first glacier
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Pam Thomas
Javier wakes us up in the pitch dark, and soon we are on our way to the border. We see several skunks, as well as a baby eagle eating a dead hare in the road. When we leave the rough road for …
Chris with a hunk of iceberg soon to be ice cubes
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Pam Thomas
Today we are to go to the northeast part of the park for more wildlife viewing and a trek. Celine, instead, signs on for a 4-hour-in, 4-hour-out trek toward the towers. You apparently do it somewhat …
Boardwalk to the Cape Horn Monument
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Pam Thomas
I wake up at dawn as Chris heads for the bano, and through the door I spot -- golden sunlight! I dash out of the tent to see the park’s three famous towers aglow. Mariana and Ronaldo are out in …
Zodiacs ferried us to shore in all kinds of weather
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Pam Thomas
In the morning we have breakfast in the hotel’s lovely tearoom-like dining room. Historic pictures of Patagonia line the walls. Maria, our guide for the day, whisks us out to the airport, …
Caitlin practicing after our knots class on board
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Pam Thomas
The alarm rings at 6 a.m. and one word gets us up: PENGUINS! It’s our expedition to Isla Magdalena, where between 100,000 and 150,000 Magellan penguins live. It is raining a little …
Cabin in Mare Australis. Third bed didnt make it too crowded
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Pam Thomas
Today we are gliding through narrow passages with the islands quite close on either side of us, majestic ancient hulks of rocks slathered in green, sometimes with rivulets of water running down. …
Biggest lupines Ive ever seen were everywhere in Ushuaia
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Pam Thomas
During the night we travel through a passage of open water unprotected by islands, as the captain had warned us the evening before, and sure enough, the waves are high. The motion wakes us up, and we …
Ushuaia's robust daisies.
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Pam Thomas
A driver and guide pick us up for our flight to Ushuaia. On the way, the guide says Buenos Aires has started raising the tolls during the hours when the city is most crowded, a sort of energy tax to …
Jail Museum, Ushuaia
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Pam Thomas
We land in Buenos Aires, and the elegant Hotel Elevage has a nice triple room for me, my husband Chris, and my 16-year-old daughter Caitlin. Joy of joys, it’s ready, even though it’s …
Ushuaia Yacht Club
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Pam Thomas
It’s February school vacation week, and most of our friends have been indulging in pedicures and manicures for trips to the Caribbean and Florida. We have spent the past weeks shopping …

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