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Craig and Steph Hike in Patagonia
Part 1 of our 3 part Chilean adventure. We hike the \"W Circuit\" in gorgeous Torres del Paine National Park on the Pure Patagonia Trip. Photos and text originally published at our web site http://www.craigandstephsvacations.com
New Year's Eve on a Plane
As we have been very happy with our previous trips to Peru, Guatemala, and Belize through Adventure Life, we decided to book some trips to Chile through them. After much planning, and deciding what we both really wanted to see and what we would have to forego, we decided on three distinct trips strung together. The first would be their Pure …
At midnight they announced the New Year and someone blew a party horn over the intercom. It was very sudden and loud causing quite a few sleeping passengers to jump in their seats. It was pretty funny as I don't think they expected it to be that loud through the intercom. One brave flight attendant donned a party hat, and the others soon followed …
Punto Arenas, Seno Otway Penguin Reserve, Puerto Natales
We woke up at 4:30 am and took nice hot showers with excellent water pressure. We wondered if this might be our last great shower for a few days. At 5:15 we headed downstairs and were met at the curb by Enrique, our Cascada Services representative who would provide our transfer to the airport. It was still quite dark and trees on our street were …
Ultima Esperanza Fjord to Torres del Paine National Park
We declared ourselves "done trying to sleep" at 5:30 am, showered, repacked our bags, and headed down to breakfast at 6:45. We had a nice corner table and they quickly served us hot water to make instant coffee. They made us scrambled eggs as we helped ourselves to the buffet (which consisted of fresh rolls and butter, jam, cereal, …
Lake Pehoe, Hike to Grey Glacier
We woke up at 6:30 and took showers. The bathroom only had a fraction of a roll of toilet paper with no extra stashed away anywhere in the room. Even though we barely used any of it we ran out of it quickly. Fortunately we brought a roll for our backpacks because you just never know what you might encounter with four days of hiking ahead. Of …
French Valley and Refugio los Cuernos
I didn't sleep all that well, perhaps because of the adrenaline from the day's activities. I finally fell into REM sleep by wake-up time. When Craig tried to wake me up at 6:40, he thought I was dead. Cristian had already left the room to get things together so Craig was calling out my name trying to wake me up. After a few tries he finally got …
Hike to EcoCamp
As we had a relatively short 4 hour hike today, we got to sleep in a bit. We woke up at around 8, got our stuff together, and headed to the main dining room. Our toiletry duffel bags were to be carried by a porter to the Ecocamp, where we would then meet up with our big backpacks. Although we could have used our sandals we managed just fine and …
Hike to the Torres
We woke up at 6:15 and climbed out of our domo. Come to find out that Evan had seen a puma on the Ecocamp grounds at 6 o'clock. We wandered around the grounds a little bit but it seemed that once again we were too late for a puma sighting. Cristian wanted to get an early start so that we would get to our hiking destination before most of the …
Departure from Punta Arenas
We woke up at 5:30. The sun was casting a rosy glow on the mountains, and the clouds were orangey red. We packed up our stuff, went to the bathroom, etc., and at 6:30 we headed into the large domo for breakfast. We had fruit cocktail, cereal, bread with peanut butter, and orange juice. While we were eating breakfast one of the staff brough our …
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