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Archive for January, 2012

Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean Fjords

The areas of Chile from the island of Chiloé south to Cape Horn are so remote and fractured by fjords that the only way to travel in this area is through the numerous fjords. Ever since visiting Doubtful and Milford Sounds in New Zealand l have been fascinated with the remoteness and uninhabitable nature of these deep fjords carved by glaciers during the ice ages.

Not only does the Navimag ferry allow you to see these remote lands, but it provides an excellent method of travel from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt. The Navimag started as a cargo ferry, but as its popularity grew it became less of a means of transporting cargo and more of a means of transporting passengers. For this reason it is in no way a luxury cruiseliner, though the scenery is 5 star.

As it turns out, when factoring in the full board meals, accommodation and cost of travel its not a bad deal either. We paid USD$380 per person (10% code in TDP map given by CONAF!) for a 4 bunk room that we would end up sharing with a great young couple from Holland: Renzo who works on a boat that builds offshore drilling rigs and Lonica who is a KLM flight attendant.

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Torres del Paine

One of the main focuses of our trip to South America was a trip to Torres del Paine. TDP is a national park that, despite being in a remote southern point of Chile, celebrates international acclaim and is visited by many foreign and local visitors every day. We visited this park during one of the busiest, but warmest, months of the year.

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1 down, 9 to go

Its been about a week since I left the states and my mind isn’t used to the idea that I am not done. It has been programmed to expect 7 to 9 day vacations and I’m happy to know that I am only 10% through.

The week was jam packed since we are trying to fit in as much as possible while Ange is here (until 1/24). For this reason, we haven’t had much downtime and I’ve had no motivation to type too much on my Android tablet. Well today we are returning to El Calafate from a short 2 nights in El Chaltén on a 3 hour bus and this seemed to be a good way to pass the time.

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