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Chile 2011

Patagonia W route trek and Atacama Desert extension: How to sum up this trip? Of course it was a chance to see spectacular scenery, meet new people, and experience a different culture. Being open to learning about such things, knowing I will also learn more about myself, is what makes adventure travel so rewarding. Also, it's way fun.

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Tyndall Glacier from zodiac
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Janet Gordon
The early departure to drive back to Calama and then fly back to Santiago was the start of the long but uneventful trip home. This is a chance to give kudos to Adventure-Life and its partners for …
Margie and Janet in zodiac gear
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Janet Gordon
This was a low key day that was a chance to gear up for the trip home the next day. The morning excursion to Laguna Sejar started with just a short drive. The high salinity of the water and the …
Serrano River cascades
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Janet Gordon
The excursion today included salt flats, high lakes and a close look at several species of flamingos. Our first stop was the small, charming village of Toconao. We stopped in at their church, the …
Confluence of milky glacial flow and fresh Serrano River water
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Janet Gordon
Among the superlatives to mention, the Tatio geyser basin is the highest such area in the world at about 14,000.' The chance to have acclimated came in handy, although the walks at the basin were …
Daily dose of Pisco Sours
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Janet Gordon
Our flight from Santiago went north to the city of Calama and then it was over an hour by van to the small town San Pedro de Atacama. Ironically, in Patagonia we never were very far above sea level …
Cormorant colony
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Janet Gordon
Several of us made our way back by van through Puerto Natales and back to Punta Arenas where Margie and I caught our flight to Santiago. After a brief layover there, our early morning flight would …
Margie at Last Hope Fjord
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Janet Gordon
This was a day of easy hikes and new areas in the park to see. A few miles of gentle hiking took us past guanacos grazing among the low vegetation. A few were doing (wink) what guanacos do. Our …
Last Hope Fjord
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Janet Gordon
Another long hike was in store today. The trail to the base of Torres del Paine is the right leg of the W. There was no way I would miss that. Fortunately the weather remained good so I hiked in …
Last Hope Fjord
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Janet Gordon
Last night we stayed at the Refugio Paine Grande. This nestled below the back aspect of Paine Grande and across from Lago Pehoe. When I took off my boots last night I saw why I had been in so much …
Milodon--The pride of Puerto Natales
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Janet Gordon
Our schedule alternated easy and hard days. Yesterday was an 11 km easy day. Today was 25 km, so no question that it was one of the hard days. From the Cuernos refugio we continued under clear …
Marta Island elephant seals
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Janet Gordon
EcoCamp sits below the Torres and the snowy Mt. Almirante. The weather continued to be un-Patagonian, warm and calm. So the views even from our dome's skylight were spectacular. Our group of 13, …
Magdalena and far shoreline
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Janet Gordon
Puerto Natales is the jumping off point for trips into Torres del Paine. It has a town mascot; the Milodon. This extinct giant mammal is commemorated with a statue at the entrance to town. The …
Magellanic penguin
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Janet Gordon
We had an early morning departure for a day trip to Magdalena Island, home to about 100,000 Magellanic penguins. This was a chance to be up very close with these always cute birds without upsetting …
Attack penguin!
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Janet Gordon
Travel helps make us be open for new experiences. An example today was just to have a conversation with my new friend Carolyn. We met in the hotel lobby. She had just completed the W route that I …
Family scene
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Janet Gordon
There was a long layover in Santiago, which was fine since long lines were encountered to pay the reciprocal entry tax and to go through customs. During the flight to Punta Arenas I had my first …
Magdalena Island
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Janet Gordon
It's always good to have a travel day with no exciting anecdotes. From Portland, OR to a transfer at Los Angeles. A long overnight flight to Santiago with a brief stop in Lima. Luggage arrives …
Punta Arenas--statue of Magellan
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Janet Gordon
As I prepare for another Adventure Life trip I resolve to try the trip journal contest again, having inexplicably failed to win last time. I humbly consider where I went wrong that time. Too long? …

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