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Torres del Paine

(Mary Curry)

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Mary Curry
I said goodbye to my husband and hopped on the plane to the Falkland Islands. See the rest of my journal there!
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Mary Curry
Today we said goodbye to our excellent guides and headed back to Punta Arenas. Enroute we saw an incredible rainbow spanning the Straits of Magellan. Punta Arenas had dried out considerably in the …
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Mary Curry
Today we woke to another gorgeous day. Ecocamp is perched on a hillside near to the Towers and on a sunny day, the Towers glow magestically in the rising sun. I was particularly excited for this …
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Mary Curry
Again today I was tempted to hike to the Towers, but swayed by our guide´s description of the French Valley hike as a trek that has a bit of everything. How true that was! We took a catamaran …
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Mary Curry
I had absolutely decided that we would do the challenging hike to the Towers today. However, the weather still looked iffy and our guide warned that there was a distinct possibility that we would not …
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Mary Curry
Today we were supposed to visit Magdalena Island, but the rains had come down heavily all night and the trip was not safe. Instead, our guide called to offer us another option, sea kayaking on the …
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Mary Curry
This afternoon, we arrived into Punta Arenas. We had a snack of empanadas at the hotel and then headed out. We borrowed an umbrella from the lovely Hotel Cabo de Hornos and went for a walk in the …
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Mary Curry
We arrived this evening and overnighted at the Santiago Airport hotel. It is extremely convenient, just a few steps outside the airport. Thankfully, we can get almost a full night sleep before our …
flipper motion
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Jayne Hope
Before embarking on our four month adventure I did a lot of research on explorers, conquistadors, indigenous and natural history in South America and Antarctica. Here we were following routes taken …
Penguin on the rocks
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Jayne Hope
The Mare Australis also had zodiac landings.The zodiacs seated more people and the process more formal. The zodiac landing on the north end of Cape Horn was very precarious because it was very windy …
feather duster
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Jayne Hope
Today we said adious to Ushuaia. We boarded a totally different ship, the Mare Australis, which is Chilean. It was more luxurious than the Akademik Shokalsky. We had a huge bed and a large adjoining …
Adelie Penguins
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Jayne Hope
We spent the day mailing items back home to lighten our load. Visited the home one of the crew from Akademik Shokalsky, Alejandro.
Taking a break from swimming
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Jayne Hope
We disembarked the ship at 9:30am. I was barely awake. We took a taxi up to the hostel; I could only crawl up hill to the hostel. When we finally got our room, I dived into bed and slept most of the …
Feeding time
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Jayne Hope
This was our final full day on board. I joined in the night's festivities by over induldging. I consumed several cocktails, glasses of champagne and beer. So much that to this day I am not aware of …
Feeding time
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Jayne Hope
The return voyage to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage saw more passengers seeking medicinal aid from the ship's doctor. The ship pitched and swayed more. The waves passed over the decks. It was …
Feeding time
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Jayne Hope
A beautiful sunny day sailing through Neumeyer Channel. A zodiac landing at Danco Island. Passed by gleaming icebergs and an explosion of reality to magnify the senses. The blue of the water and sky …
Neko Harbour
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Jayne Hope
Another exceptional day. Saw a Snow Petrel while zodiac cruising Paradise Bay. The glaciers in Paradise Bay are the size of mountains as the zodiac gets as close to them without being in danger. The …
Narcissistic
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Jayne Hope
Very early in the morning, as the sun was rising, we sailed through Lemaire Channel also known as Kodac Gap. Until you get close, it does not appear to be a passage through this channel. The glaciers …
hide & seek?
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Jayne Hope
Sunrising over the land and ice shelves of Antarctica. The colours and sounds are awesome! Spent the morning zodiac cruising Foyn Harbour, between Nansen and Enterprise Islands in Wilhelmina Bay …
chick loosing its down
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Jayne Hope
Walker Bay, Livingston Island and Deception Island were the two zodiac landings for this day. Every zodiac landing we went for a hike. The elevation and length of the hike varied. We would usually …
curious
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Jayne Hope
At 4:30 in the afternoon land was spotted; land with snow and ice covering it. It was quite strange to travel for almost two complete days without seeing land. Imagine being in a city at the edge of …
Deception Island
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Jayne Hope
During the crossing of the Drake Passage we had seminars on ice bergs, glaciers, marine life, birds, vegetation and history. We received expedition jackets, special boots and directions on getting in …
Deception Island
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Jayne Hope
By 5 o'clock we were on board the Akademik Shokalsky. We found our lodgings. We would be living here for the next 10 days. Bob bunked with the guys. I took the top bunk in a cabin with two other …
Bird on the shore
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Jayne Hope
It was at this hotel that we met passengers who would be on our Antarctic expedition.
Giant Petrel
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Jayne Hope
Los Comoranes Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, the edge of the world. A great place to stop before and after an Antarctic expedition. Museos Maritmo & Presidio are interesting. …
Stealing a prized pebble
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Jayne Hope
Spent the morning walking around El Calafate before catching a bus to Rio Gallegos. Walked arond El Calafate in the morning. The lake was high. There geese around the lake. Found a very interesting …
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
It was a beautiful sunny day when we visited El Chalten. We hiked up to Los Condores and Las Aguilas for a panoramic view. Stopped at El Bodegon Cerveceria for homemade beer and pizza. El Chalten is …
Chinstrap
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Jayne Hope
A once in a lifetime experience for someone's birthday. Perito Moreno Glacier should not be missed! We took a trip through our hostel.
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
El Calafate reminded me of Banff in Alberta, Canada.
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
Woke up early to hike to a viewpoint that gave a closer look at Grey Glacier at Campamento Paso. The colours, expanse and ruggedness of the glacier is worth seeing. The crew on the catamaran that …
A group of penguins
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Jayne Hope
Trekked from Paine Grande to Grey Glacier. Cerro Paine Grande is 3050m. It is very rugged with pointy and jagged peaks and glaciers everywhere. This is very different from the Rocky Mountains which …
Chinstrap Penguins
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Jayne Hope
Along the trail I fell into one of the many streams we crossed and dislocated a finger. Rather than stop to have it assessed, I reset the finger and continued on. We trekked up to Valle Frances which …
Sheathbill
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Jayne Hope
Waking with the sights and sounds of the parque is exhilarating. Hiked four hours from Las Torres to Los Cuernos through riverbeds as trails. The spires of Los Cuernos are daunting to look at. We are …
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Jayne Hope
Began hiking the "W" circuit from Hosteria Las Torres. Getting up the huge rocks in the final ascent to Mirador Las Torres was challenging. It was raining off and on which made the surface …
comical
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Jayne Hope
One never knows if arrangements made via internet are going to pan out. Niko picked us up from our hostel in Punta Arenas to transfer us to Puerto Natales just as I had arranged through Paine …
very photogenic
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Jayne Hope
Caught a bus very early in the morning to Santiago. Our travel alarm worked! We connected with another bus to Aeropuerto Internacional Arturo Merino Benitez. Flew Sky Airline to Punta Arenas. …
mirror mirror on the wall...
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Jayne Hope
Found Pablo Neruda's digs in Valparaiso. The hike from our hostel to his place was all up hill. The view from Neruda's house is well worth the effort. There is plenty to do in Valparaiso and it is …
gentoo penguins
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Jayne Hope
Bob wanted to do some wine tasting. Spent the entire day visiting two different wineries between Valparaiso and Santiago. We booked the tour through our hostel.
Penguins everywhere
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Jayne Hope
Casa Aventura in Cerro Conception is the hostel we stayed at. A fulfilling and nutritious breakfastis served every morning. The hostal is very clean. We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom. …
1st zodiac launch
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Jayne Hope
I definately recommend the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino as a way to comprehend the indigenous prior to Spanish conquistadors. I was amazed at the history and diplay at this museum. We took the …
1st sight of Shetland Islands
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Jayne Hope
Went for a walking tour of central Santiago. Santiago is a very modern city surrounded by mountains. It was wonderful not to have to wear winter coats and boots.
Cape Petrel
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Jayne Hope
After a long flight we arrived in Santiago just after noon. Had no difficulty finding shared transportation to our hostel. La Casa Roja is the "Party Hostel". A great place to hang out and …
Ushuaia
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Jayne Hope
Bob and I had been making plans for over a year. Finally the day arrived for our departure. Neither of us had been away from family, friends and province for this length of time. We were excited and …
EcoCamp
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Svetlana Kononov
I was determined to get some enjoyment out of the city on my last day there. I had a leisurely breakfast on the terrace of the hotel overlooking the Patio. That was a good start. What's next? …
Lago Nordeskjold
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Svetlana Kononov
We left EcoCamp in the van, accompanied by our guides. We stopped for lunch at La Pampa in Puerto Natales. I hate to say it, but I liked the lamb I had there better than the one on the previous night …
Otway Penguin colony
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Svetlana Kononov
I woke up to a temperature of 45°F inside my dome. I warmed myself up by chasing giant hares on the outskirts of the camp, trying to get close enough to them to take a picture. During the day the …
Otway Penguin colony
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Svetlana Kononov
We knew this would be a strenuous day. We were to leave the camp at 8:30 am and return around 6 pm. Three of my teammates decided instead to treat themselves to the life of luxury and use services …
Punta Arenas
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Svetlana Kononov
It started raining at night, and continued into the morning. We left the refugio at 9am under a steady rain. Fortunately, the rain stopped forty minutes later, and it was just overcast for the rest …
Santiago
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Svetlana Kononov
We had an early breakfast. I got to try mate and liked it right away: it was slightly bitter, and tasted a little bit of green tea and wood smoke. This was the longest day of all. We left Refugio …
View from Cerro Santa Lucia
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Svetlana Kononov
The first day was planned as an easy one, and we did not leave the camp until 10 am. We enjoyed a good breakfast and took time packing our lunches, picking and choosing from the variety of foods that …
Cerro Santa Lucia
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Svetlana Kononov
On Monday morning I noticed a little board in the reception area with the schedule of local museums. Feeling bad about having wasted some of my day yesterday aimlessly roaming the streets, I decided …
Restaurant Como Agua Para Chocolate
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Svetlana Kononov
The next morning I flew to Punta Arenas. I could not wait to see those ropes along the sidewalks I read about, and to experience the famous Patagonian winds and rain. No such luck. It was 60F, sunny …
View from my hotel room in Santiago
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Svetlana Kononov
Santiago and I started off on the wrong foot. I spent one hour and a half at the airport. There was a line to get a visa, another line to get through passport control, and the 3rd one - customs. I …
Pia Glacier on the Mare Australis cruise
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke this morning and decided to explore a few new parts of Buenos Aires. We took a taxi to La Boca, probably the most colorful part of any city I have ever seen. The buildings were beautiful, …
Looking back at the Mare Australis from Cape Horn
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning Frankie and I had a delicious breakfast at the Estancia, and then headed to the airport for our flight back to Buenos Aires. We spent the afternoon exploring the city, and then met with …
The M/V Mare Australis in Ushuaia
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke this morning and boarded a bus to the Perito Moreno Glacier. We entered the park, and our guide gave us some quick instruction, then sent us out on our own to discover one of the largest …
Ushuaia
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning we woke too early to say to drive from EcoCamp to Puerto Natales to catch a bus to El Calafate. Even with a quick stop to change a flat tire, we made it in time for our early morning …
Paddling in Tierra del Fuego
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Julia Kocubinski
Today we rose early to get ready for the hike up to the towers. Unfortunately, it had snowed in the night, and Armando thought it would be too dangerous to try to hike on the wet and snowy rocks. I …
View from Tierra del Fuego National Park
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Julia Kocubinski
After a good night sleep, we woke to a hot breakfast, made our lunches and headed off to the other end of the park. We had all morning to explore along the way to the Grey Glacier. We hiked to a high …
Listening to the guide in Tierra del Fuego National Park
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning was much nicer than the day before. The sun was back out again, and we had a few hours to wander the town in the morning before our pickup to Torres del Paine National Park. After the …
Look where we went for spring break - Iguazu Falls!
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke early today to visit Magdalena Island and the penguin colony. The water was pretty rough today, and it was pretty tough getting on and off the island. The penguins looked mighty cold this …
Iguazu Falls
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Julia Kocubinski
This morning we woke to breakfast and a day of traveling. Since we didn't have any landings this morning, I spent some time getting to know more of the other passengers, and spent some time talking …
Looking down Sisters Falls
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke early this morning to visit Cape Horn. They took us out in zodiacs to the dock and let us loose for a few hours. I climbed the stairs and walked on the walk way all the way to the monument of …
Iguazu Falls
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Julia Kocubinski
Today we woke early to explore Ushuaia a little before setting off for our adventure in Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Iguazu Falls
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Julia Kocubinski
Today was Frankie's birthday, but unfortunately, most of our day was spent either in the airport or in an airplane. We flew from Iguazu to Buenos Aires this morning, then had a couple hours in the …
Mmm... Cows
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Julia Kocubinski
We woke early this morning, had a delicious breakfast, and were picked up for our transfer to the airport for our flight to Iguazu Falls. Unfortunately, after we arrived at the airport, we found out …
Smiling girls at the End of the World!
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Julia Kocubinski
After more than 24 hours of flying, my friend Frankie and I finally arrived in Buenos Aires. Sadly, our luggage never made it out of Denver, so we were stuck with the clothes on our back and the few …

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