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Cerro Castillo

posted on 2019-10-16 09:53:39 in Patagonia

Brrrr, I woke up with my toes feeling a bit cold,  on escaping the confines of my sleeping bag and then my little tent I discovered why, the ground surrounding me had a white and crunchy covering with a light frost. Zero degrees but really it felt more like -2! The morning sky was utterly clear not a cloud to be seen, this was going to be a good day after the rain from yesterday, and It was! Today I ticked off one the boxes from my list of places I had wanted to see during this expediti...

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Plan C!

posted on 2019-10-14 05:55:50 in Patagonia

I think I need to be a little more selective where I pitch my tent in future. With the mornings being a bit colder now some early morning sun on the tent would certainly make it more enticing to get up out of the warmth of the sleeping bag. With our bags packed we headed off to town to catch the bus to the next destination. A quick stop at supermarket to get some last minute supplies we walked into a shop with the smell of freshly baked bread drawing us immediately to the bakery counter t...

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“Cascada La Virgen”

posted on 2019-10-11 14:47:16 in Patagonia

Plip, plip, plop...... I had just tucked myself into my cozy sleeping bag when I heard the first rain drops falling on the tent. I lay there a few minutes wishing it would stop, then suddenly dawn had broken and the tent was light! I had just had the best night sleep for a week was it the raindrops or was I just really tired? Unfortunately the pitter patter was still going only more frequent than the previous night. The downside of rain apart from getting wet is you have low clouds and poor v...

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Coyhaique

posted on 2019-10-11 13:25:48 in Patagonia

We took an early morning flight from Santiago to the Balmaceda in Northern Patagonia. As we approached the airport we had good views of the Andes to our right with it being clear with some high clouds. Stepping out of the airplane we could feel the cooler temperature and a bite in the wind. The airport was as expected very small and quite old Del to it, a bit like stepping back in time. It reminded me of the regional airports I flew into in NZ back in the late 80’s. From the airport we ...

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Last night in Santiago

posted on 2019-10-09 11:43:18 in Patagonia

The trip back to Santiago was quite uneventful, unless you call walking 6km in 32c heat an event. Luckily we were able to wash our clothes once we arrived at the guest house. For our last night we decided to stay in a guest house close to airport, only 10 mins drive away. Even that close we still have to depart at 5:30am to get there for check in. The room is comfortable size and very clean, our host speaks good English and we have all the trimmings we could need, including as much fruit as ...

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Real Camping!!!

posted on 2019-10-07 11:57:46 in Patagonia

We departed Santiago just after the rush hour finished using the green metro line taking the train to Bella Vista de la Florida. From here we caught a local bus to San Jose de Maipo then after a short wait a second bus to Banos Morales. The first night under canvas in Chile was indeed chilly camping on the outskirts of Banos Morales at an altitude of 1850m. Our spot was sheltered by trees providing a good natural barrier from the icy wind.  Nearby a fast flowing stream danced over rocks as ...

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Santiago

posted on 2019-10-04 22:57:53 in Patagonia

4th October The 15hr flight arrived a little late into Santiago but with an eight hour wait before Thomas’s arrival it wasn’t a problem for me. Rather than wait at airport I took the opportunity to head into the city to find my accommodation for the next few nights. I took the Centropuerto bus into the city alighting at Los Heroes. From there I decided to walk the 3km to the apartment rather than taking the Metro so I could experience the hustle and bustle of city life and make myself fam...

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We’re off!

posted on 2019-10-01 13:11:00 in Patagonia

1st October 04:00 the alarm sounds while I am laying in wait with my eyes still closed. I didn’t need it to remind me what lies ahead nevertheless I jumped out of bed excited for the adventure I now faced. A warming bowl of porridge for breakfast and what I suspect will be my last decent cup of tea for a while before Brent dropped me at a dark and cold 4c Berwick railway station in time to catch the 5:07. The hour long, all stations journey to Southern Cross station in Melbourne city passed...

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