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Torres del Paine
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 flight tomorrow.
Arrive Punta Arenas
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 rain. The hotel is located in the main plaza and it was a straight walk up the hill to a viewpoint over the city. We admired the emerging fall leaves and …
Kayaking the Flood
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 Straits of Magellan. We transferred 30 minutes south of Punta Arenas and were given all the gear necessary for a comfortable kayaking trip in rain and …
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 be able to see the Towers when we arrived. The whole park was shrouded in clouds, though the rains had nearly stopped.
Hiking 22 km in the rain did …
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 across a small lake to the start of the hiking trail. The beginning of the trail was a bit sad, winding for the first couple miles through the …
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 day as we were going to take a boat across to Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Ice Fields of Patagonia and the largest glacier in the park.
Back to Punta Arenas
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 interim and showed limited evidence of the recent flood, with only a handful of streets still blocked off from risidual damage.
My camera was …
Off to the Falkland Islands
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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