Laguna Blanca

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  • Day10

    On the Boat

    December 7, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    EcoCamp was "glamping", I admit, and our new cruise ship makes us feel like we've retired and gone to heaven. Well, in fact, we are retired and for a few days at least, this is the "Good Place."

    The Ventus is a ritzy floating hotel, which we boarded this evening. With only 25 trips on the Captain's Log (I assume there is such a thing), the ship looks, and is, really new--so we quickly spread our things around the cabin to make it feel lived in. Then we popped up to deck five to join the other 124 passengers for official welcomes and introductions, a few safety guidelines, and a brief look at our ocean-going itinerary.

    Our reward for patience was a strenuous four-course meal in the first deck dining room at 9:00 p.m. Julie and I sat at our assigned table with four congenial table mates (two from Australia, one from Hong Kong, and one from Boulder, CO), blissfully catered to by our ever-attentive waiter, Christian, in fine dress whites. "More wine, madam? Red or white?"
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  • Day162

    They had more of that wine

    November 12, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    The remainder of the boat trip was uneventful but good fun. We stopped at a family ranch restaurant for a delicious barbeque: grilled lamb, sausages, and chicken. Yummy! They also had the red wine we got on the boat! Winning!

    Dinner was also uneventful, but we did name our last unnamed hasher. Henceforth and forever more she shall be known as Jungle Jane. Lol.

    Today is just going to the airport for our return flight to Santiago, but we stopped to take pictures of the migratory flamingos. We also saw several I is, which live here permanently. Yes, ibis as in Egyptian birds. Beautiful.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day49

    Puerto Natales

    September 28, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Thursday 14th Sept, late afternoon...

    A taxi from the bus station at Puerto Natales took us to the Wild Hostal and a warm welcome from Yari, our Finnish host. Hijo (Son), the dog, was looking out for us on the back of the sofa in the window of the reception bar. Yari's Chilean partner was on the late shift. Our room for the first two nights was one of three, in a chalet in the garden, very influenced by the owner's Scandinavian roots - coat hooks made out of tree branches, wood floors, and all hand-made fixtures and fittings. A lovely view of the white blossom tree from the stepped verandah. Very cosy. After a trip to the bank, and then to the travel agents to book our onward flight (too tortuous to describe! - maybe later), we 'stayed in' and had home-made beef burgers made by Yari and his daughter (working there for the season), local (and free) beer, and alfajores (a biscuit filled with dulce de leche).

    On Yari's advice, we had booked trips for the next two days. The first, to see the massive Perito Moreno Glacier was the following day, and involved a very long journey. After a speedy breakfast at the hostal, we set off at 6.30am and didn't arrive until about 2pm in the afternoon. We had taken bread, cheese and fruit but were grateful for the hot chocolate & croissant and empanada stops. The glacier is at a place called Calafate and is part of the Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares which melt to create Lago 'Argentina'. So, unfortunately, this also meant that we had to endure another border crossing(s), because the huge Glacier is just into Argentina and you may remember that Puerto Natales is in Chile. Sigh. We actually had to wait for the border (a series of huts) to open at 8am. This is where our 'hairy' moment with the 'mascota mut' took place. Luckily, he obviously hadn't got a taste for apples and oranges stuffed into pockets.

    The Moreno is much visited because of how close you can get to it - the walkway and viewing points are suspended above it. It is a spectacular size and colour - its edges are like the White Cliffs of Dover, and it is true, ice-blue. Small sections had broken away, or calved, to form ice flows. The glacier moves, and we heard the great boom and groan as it came into contact with and was compressed against the capes. The weather was 'apocalyptic, torrential rain', and even though we were wearing over-capes, I have to admit that we virtually jogged the route over the walkways, frantically snapping pics and trying to use small dry bits of my clothing (there were none after the first five minutes) to wipe the lens. By the time we reached the cafe we were drenched, but others of the party were wet down to their underwear. It was only Chris' internet ponchos that saved us the same fate. We made the long trek home, drying scarves and socks on the bus heaters as we went.

    The next day, we went on a much more relaxing mini-bus tour, with a guide who took us into the Torres del Paine National Park, searching for wildlife, and stopping as and when we found anything :) Again, we paid foreigners' rates to get in. There was just one easy trek, to one of the two waterfalls that we visited. We stopped for a 'panorama' of a lake. We saw an American eagle. We were able to get close-ups of guanaco, and we saw a long distance puma - as the guide said, "probably better long-distance". At a lunch stop, where we ate our pre-prepared lunch in a picnic shelter at a chalet site, we also saw cara cara birds. Actually, I think they were after our bread and cheese. The best bit for me though, was a walk across a beautiful beach, situated at the foot of a swish hotel, with misty views of the 6km wide and 30m high Great Grey Glacier in the distance - it could just be seen as a pure white area connecting the two promontories of the bay. The beach itself was water-colour and charcoal, in tonal greys. Finally, a trip to a wide-mouthed cave (not a frog) in an area where dinosaurs had roamed free. There were even dinosaur sized guanaco and horses in them days, but the main character was a massive sloth/bear, which was re-created for visitors at the cave entrance.

    A reasonable return time meant a leisurely meal at the 'Wild' place, again with free beer, and a move to our new room (very large) in the main house, with shared washing facilities with the true hostellers in the dorms. We don't even share a bathroom with each other at home, but it was ok. We survived.
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  • Day64

    Chilenische Steppe und Bud Spencer

    January 7, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Und jetzt 3 Stunden mit dem Bus von Punta Arenas nach Puerto Natales durch eine grüne, endlose Steppe, die mich an den Süden Kanadas erinnert. Und als Film in den komfortablen Bussen läuft "Banana Joe" mit Bud Spencer 😂Read more

  • Day44

    Ein Hotel - nicht unser Hotel

    October 25, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Verrückte Dinge entdeckt man abseits der Strasse. Zum Beispiel dieses Hotel, mitten im Nirgendwo. Sieht nach 5-Sterne aus, die Preise sind entsprechend, aber für einen Eiskaffee und zwei Säfte reicht unser Geld.
    Wir fragen uns nur die ganze Zeit, was für Leute kommen hier her?
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  • Day13

    Day 14: Missed the border crossing.

    January 20, 2016 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Left, right, front and back. Wind was everywhere today. We missed the intended bordercrossing into Argentina. So we decided to take the next one. Found an open gate. So thats were we camp today.

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