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Patagonia - 2013

To the "end of the world" and back. My sister and I started the trip with a stay over in Buenos Aires before taking a flight to Ushuaia. Together we hiked and kayaked through Tierra del Fuego. We set foot on Cape Horn and an island inhabited only by penguins. Together, we sailed the Straits of Magellan; we learned about the history of Patagonia: the indigenous people, plants, animals, explorers, wars, politics and the people of today. We tasted foods and drank wine and beer of the region. Finally, we trekked the W circuit of Torres del Paine. A promise was made between my sister and I - that we would travel to the end of the world together. That promise was filled with our Patagonia trip. The experience of being in such a beautiful place, together, as we promised so many years ago, was unforgettable. Life is too short to miss out on all the beauty the world has to offer.

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Navy Boat at Ushuaia port
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Michele Marcigliano
Home sweet home. I will always remember where I've been, the people I've had the privilege of meeting and traveling with, and all the wonderful memories.
Not a typical tourist photo
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Michele Marcigliano
The amazing trip to Patagonia has come to a conclusion. What lies ahead is a long trip back home. It starts with a flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires in the morning. . . a shuttle service …
Ushuaia City Tour
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Michele Marcigliano
The shuttle left Eco Camp at 6am. It was still dark and everyone was asleep. To our amazement, we saw a few sets of eyes glowing in the distance. Our driver told us they were pumas. In fact it …
City Tour - Ushuaia
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Michele Marcigliano
Today's excursion was a drive through Torres del Paine park. We saw all kinds of animals. There were guanaco, rheas (a flightless bird), a photogenic fox, and various birds of prey including …
Dinner at El Palacio de la Papa Frita
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Michele Marcigliano
Today's trek was to Torres del Paine view point. It was raining all night and continued in the morning. Some of us stayed back at camp and enjoyed the day there. From Eco Camp, there are …
Malbec Wine with dinner
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Michele Marcigliano
We were to be ready for breakfast by 7am, and would leave soon after. Today we had to get to a ferry at Refugio Gray. It was hard to get ready with no running water or electricity in lodge, but we …
A stop for a coffee at Cafe Tortoni
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Michele Marcigliano
Today started with our group meeting for breakfast. The staff at Refugio Los Cuernos packed our lunches on bread that was made fresh. Our second day of trekking day was about to begin. We left …
Cafe Tortoni
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Michele Marcigliano
Today, our group met for breakfast. As instructed the night before, our stuff sacks were packed for the two day trek. Our first trekking day was about to begin. We left at 10 am and were expected …
Teatro Colon
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Michele Marcigliano
This morning we had breakfast at the hotel before we were met by the shuttle driver and guide for our trip to Eco Camp office in Puerto Natales. Before getting to the office, we made a stop at …
Statue of Venus and Cupid
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Michele Marcigliano
Our day in Punta Arenas began with a walk to Mirador Cerro la Cruz, a viewpoint above the city. From there we went to Museum Salesiano Maggiorino Borgatello. The museum, established by missioners …
Dome
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Michele Marcigliano
This morning was sad and exciting. It was our last day on the Stella Australis but we were going to Magdalena Island before the adventure ended. The early morning excursion started before …
Eva Peron Family Crypt
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Michele Marcigliano
Today we sailed though such wonderful scenery. There were glaciers and the Darwin Mountain Range. In the afternoon we took the zodiac boats to Aguila Glacier. Once on shore, we hiked around the …
Recoleta Cemetary
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Michele Marcigliano
The first morning of the expedition cruise brought us to Cape Horn. It was expected that the waters would be rough, but overall it didn't seem as bad as expected. I was glad to hear that the …
Lunch at La Biela
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Michele Marcigliano
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel we were met by our guide and were off to Tierra del Fuego for hiking and kayaking. The Senda Costera trial, or coastal hike starts at Ensenada Bay. First was a …
Tango Dinner Show
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Michele Marcigliano
The shuttle to the airport was scheduled for 6am. We were packed and ready to go. We were soon checked in and at the gate. Everything was going smoothly when the flight to Ushuaia was delayed. We …
Tango Dinner Show
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Michele Marcigliano
Where do I begin? The weather was wonderful. After breakfast, we started walking from the hotel, located in Retiro, west on Santa Fe Street and let the city show us what it had to offer. We made a …
Tango Dinner Show
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Michele Marcigliano
The flight arrived in the morning but we did not get to Elevage hotel until the afternoon. Getting through immigrations and customs took longer than I expected. Apparently, that is the norm for …
Sunday Market in San Telemo, Buenos Aires
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Michele Marcigliano
The anticipation and waiting is over. Today, my sister and I leave for our Patagonia trip. We expect this trip will challenge our mind and body; and are looking forward to all the challenges. …

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