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Hello New Zealand!

posted on 2019-11-26 21:00:17 in Patagonia

“Home sweet home” well almost. The journey from Chile to Auckland via Sydney went without a hitch, just very long. Unfortunately the arrival in Auckland was not the end of the traveling, after we picked up a rental car i then drove over an hour down to Hamilton. Finally we made it and sleeping on the old futon I once owned never felt so good. The next day I left Thomas with his friend to prepare for the wedding and I spent a few hours looking around the city spying a few changes since ...

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Goodbye Patagonia

posted on 2019-11-22 01:14:32 in Patagonia

Punta Arenas “Hola” The City of Punta Arenas certainly appears to have more wealth than the previous two places we stayed. The roads were much cleaner and wider, the houses tidier and in better shape plus not one broken down car in the street! There is a lot of road building work going on at present and the footpaths had many signs of redevelopment eg new lamps, bicycle racks and many other things. Next year the city celebrates the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the region, I...

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4x4

posted on 2019-11-19 21:09:36 in Patagonia

Each day in Ushuaia got better and better! Today we took an exciting 4x4 drive through the forest in a Landrover Defender to Lago Fagnano. I have never taken a “Proper” 4x4 trip but knew what I could expect and was not disappointed. The solid chunky Defender stood up to everything the rugged terrain could throw at her. It was great to “ swim” and keep feet dry, lean into the hillside through fear of rolling and the novelty of driving sideways like a crab walking will remain firm memories...

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Ushuaia

posted on 2019-11-18 12:12:26 in Patagonia

The city was founded as a penal colony in October 1884. Today It is a resort town due to its location on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, well almost! The railway is nicknamed the “End of the World” with the original railway line built by the prisoners over 100 years ago. Ot has now been restored and one of the major draws to the city. With my love of trains and the promotion hype the railway gets,  I cold not miss the opportunity to travel to the “...

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The long drive

posted on 2019-11-16 00:30:11 in Patagonia

Another early start to take a long drive 13.5 hrs to  Ushuaia the southernmost city in the world, capital of the region and gateway to Parque Nacional Tierra Del Fuego, the southern most Park In Patagonia. While it sounds like a long time driving it was broken several times. First to change to a connecting bus after 2 hrs. A couple of hours later we had to take a ferry crossing then another couple hours to the border. The last 4 hours did drag a little but by this time the scenery had impro...

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The W Track - Final Day

posted on 2019-11-14 21:09:24 in Patagonia

Day 5 Central to Puerto Natales It was a cold night, I woke about 1:30am and thought it was quite brIght so I put my head out of the tent to find out why, the sky was clear and full of stars and an almost full moon shone brightly. On the nearby mountain the snow reflected the moonlight with an eerie cold glow against an almost black backdrop. With a shiver I grabbed another layer to put on, zipped up the tent and made the decision to get up for dawn. At 5:30 I climbed out of the tent to th...

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The W track part 2

posted on 2019-11-13 13:42:14 in Patagonia

Day 3 Italiano to Frances With only a short walk planned for today it was possible to have a more restful start taking our time over breakfast and enjoying a warm tea after another cold night. With our tents packed I noticed a Carancho wander into the shelter. This is quite a big bird to see in a campsite and one to potentially look ok in a photograph, I carefully pulled out the camera and he was off like a shot, not frightened to check for scraps but to shy for a photo. The first part of ...

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The W track

posted on 2019-11-11 10:06:57 in Patagonia

Day 1 to Grey campsite Today was wet, windy and cold, when I say wet i mean it rained from striking camp to setting up, all day every minute. Windy, 70kph winds for most of the walk and a couple of particularly strong gust that actually caught me by surprise and blew my backwards, lucky I was not close to the edge. As for cold maximum of 3c and feels much colder with the biting icy wind. I will be praying it improves tomorrow, I really don’t want another like today it however I fear it will...

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We’re off

posted on 2019-11-10 09:11:28 in Patagonia

Oops!! I wrote the post before leaving for the trek and forgot to post it due to being in  a rush to catch the bus. Back now at least this will give me some time to prepare the next update. Early tomorrow morning we head off to walk half of the Torres Del Paine walk called the “W”. Today has been a busy day, buying bus tickets, supplies, sorting out a change of campsite for the trek, packing and re-packing taking out what we really don’t need and getting in my 10,000 steps to keep my ...

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Puerto Natales challenge continued

posted on 2019-11-05 00:24:37 in Patagonia

The town is laid out in a grid formation with each road being almost dead straight, one half the  town running north-south or east-west The other in a diagonal formation.  Most roads seem to be one way for traffic but on foot it is very easy to navigate. It is also quite a small town so doesn’t take long to get around the entire town even going back and forth through the grid. The town is an eclectic mix of houses and businesses inter mingled with each other. The businesses squeezed i...

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