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Torres

The Torrres, the Towers trek is one of the most popular…always people passing both ways. Can you see why? Most of the trail is fine, but at the top, it is all loose skree (sic) and a huge challenge. Slow … Continue reading

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A Few More Patagonia Trekking Pix

This is all at sea level – so altitude not an issue. Locals were complaining that it was too warm since the wind was not blowing as it usually does. The sun is incredibly hot while we looked at glaciers!! … Continue reading

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Dog adopts Tourists for a Day!

More Hiking in the Chacabuco Valley near Cochrane! This dog follows us from the trail head through the river plain, across the river and up the trail all day! This is one of two suspension bridges built by the Tompkins’ … Continue reading

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Hiking in the Chacabuco Valley, Aisen Province, near Cochrane, Chile

Above the Tomkins’ Lodge, behind the bluff is a series of lagoons….       Two condors fly in parallel formation above our heads when we get to their flat plateau – they have this breathtaking view of glacial mountains … Continue reading

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Hotel Antumalal, Villarrica, Chile

One high point of our travels was in the lake district of central Chile. We visit the stunning Hotel Antumalal, a Bauhaus hotel beautifully maintained over the last 75 years outside of Pucon, Chile. Propped on a hillside, the clean … Continue reading

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Valle Chacabuco near Cochrane, Chile

This huge valley is in a national park because of the generosity and the commitment by Doug and Kris Tomkins. They bought the property – the entire valley – and eventually donated the land back to the country of Chile. … Continue reading

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The lodge at Parque Valle Chacabuco

Feb 23 After a flight to Balmaceda airport, a rental truck, a night in Coyhaique, then an all day drive over many mountain passes, all dirt roads, about 9 hours…. we are here. The last 9 kilometers off the Carratera … Continue reading

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Drive from Coyhaique to Chacabuco

The drive started by 8:30 AM. We have to pass Cerro Castillo before 2 when construction will close the road. We will be on pavement until there – about 90 Kms but dirt the rest of the way – 315kms … Continue reading

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Santiago to Balmaceda and Coyhaique – en route to Valle Chacabuco

Aisen Province, Chile – Region XI Destination – Patagonia National Park in the Chacabuco Valley. We fly from JFK overnight to Santiago, check in to a hotel near Center City for one night. This gives us enough time to catch up on … Continue reading

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Santiago continued

We stroll the early evening, summer time here of course, across the enormous Plaza del Armas in the center of Santiago. There is a breeze to cut the heat that can be impressive especially now. The Museo Historico is closed, … Continue reading

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Mapuche Myth

The myth is about two enormous reptiles depicted on this carved stone star: CaiCai is the ruler of the sea. Tran Tran is the ruler of the land. Like the Mapuche culture that had warring factions, these two were always … Continue reading

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Santiago arrival

Well, we don’t have 36 hours here in Santiago – only this day and an overnight. We combine essential sleep, a long walk home from the museum through the Lasstarria neighborhood with book stalls and colorful musicians, cafes and lots … Continue reading

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Travel Note April 2015

April 17, 2015 Dear Friends and Travelers, Happy Springtime from the Berkshires!  What a winter! And what travels we have had! A few pictures and stories from the High Sierra and the Intag Cloud Forest of Ecuador are up on … Continue reading

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Punta Arenas

Day 14 Transfer by van to Punta Arenas. The Hotel Jose Nogueira is on the main square of the one time international austral cross roads of the world founded by Magellan in 1520. Until the Panama Canal opened in 1919, … Continue reading

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Gray Glacier

Day 11 Today the trek is only 4.5 hours or 11 kilometers, but we have to be at the  boat before it “sails” at 1:00 to return us to EcoCamp.  EcoCamp is where we left three days ago and where … Continue reading

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Long Hike to French Valley

Day 10 The staff at the privately run Los Cuernos Refugio has prepared a lunch for us to pack. It is last night’s cottage pie in a sandwich. Pretty darn good. Today is the big, big day.  29 kilometers. I … Continue reading

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Torres del Paine Towers

Day 12 Today we are headed out on the last leg of the W (on the left side of the letter). We will be at the base of the Torres Towers that you can see here in between the other … Continue reading

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First Night at the EcoCamp; Second night at Cerros Cuernos Refugio

Day 8 Today was an extreme contrast to yesterday when we took a long bus trip across endless desert, strong winds, intermittent rain, blocked foggy views and freezy breezy temps. We stopped at the Malodon cave which was cold. Maybe … Continue reading

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