Margie's Torres Del Paine and Atacama Desert Trip

I joined the Pure Patagonia tour and continued on to the extended tour of Atacama Desert. Adventure Life paired me with Janet Gordon which worked out very well. We joined eleven others on our trek in Torres Del Paine, and joined a few others on our day trips from San Pedro in the Atacama Desert.

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Majorie Gendler
We flew back into Santiago where Janet continued on home and I stayed on for another week exploring the city on foot and taking day tours. I returned home on New Years Eve.
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Majorie Gendler
On our last full day in San Pedro we drove out to Sejar Lake, a salt water lake that some tourists like to swim in to see how well they float.
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Majorie Gendler
This day we drove through the small town of Tocona out onto the Salt Flats, and to the lagoons of Mescanti and Meniques.
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Majorie Gendler
We got up early in the morning for our drive out to the Geyser to get the best views of the steam rising into the morning light. In the afternoon we visited the Valley of the Moon where we walked …
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Majorie Gendler
We flew from Santiago to Calama early in the morning and were met by a driver who took us to San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro is at about 8,000 feet and the tourist center of the desert, which is the …
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Majorie Gendler
On our last full day at Torres Del Paine we hiked to the east of EcoCamp in an area with an abundance of guanacos. They were quite tolerant of us being near them as long as we did not get too close.
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Majorie Gendler
This day we hiked up the east leg of the W trek to the Torres del Paine. The first part of the trek was fairly easy, but the last part up to the towers was a rock scramble. We had fantastic luck the …
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Majorie Gendler
In the morning we hiked westward again. Much of the trail was in view of Lago Grey and as we got closer to the glacier we had beautiful views. This section had an abundance of flowers with firebush …
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Majorie Gendler
The trek up the French Valley was a highlight of the entire trip. We passed a glacier that sounded like thunder as it avalanched and calved. When we reached the top of the hike the views were beyond …
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Majorie Gendler
In the morning we began our trek with our guides, Loreto and Gabo. Much of the hike was long Lago Nordenskjold going west, with beautiful views of the Lake. We spent that night in cabins at Refugio …
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Majorie Gendler
In the morning we took a boat trip up Last Hope Fjord which was supposed to have taken us to a Zodiac trip on the Serrano River. The wind began to blow too hard and we had to turn around about three …
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Majorie Gendler
Our first adventure was an early morning trip to an island penguin colony, populated by about 69,000 couples of mainly Magellanic penguins. We were limited to a pathway through some of their nesting …

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