Author: Sandra

Patagonia: Perito Moreno Glacier

After getting our fill of one day back in civilization, we spent the following day seeing what El Calafate is really known for: the Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier is one of the largest in the world, 30 km in length and at least 5 km wide near its mouth. Its average height is 74 m above the surface the water. What really makes the glacier worth a visit is standing in front of it and watching as sheets of ice crack off the front and plunge into the icy waters below. The sound is intense, like a bomb...

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Patagonia: Entering Argentina

After feeling like we got a good sense of the Chilean side of Patagonia, it was time to cross the border into Argentina, which contains the other 90% of Patagonia. However, crossing the border proved quite the task. First, we had to secure several notarized sheets of paper from our car rental company to allow us to take the car into Argentina. We only realized this on the day we were leaving the country, so thankfully we managed to pull it off within an hour. Then, upon leaving Chile, we accidentally sped right past the Chilean border control and...

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Patagonia: An Island of Penguins

Punta Arenas is the main town in southern Chile and, with the largest airport in the south, it is the main gateway for those visiting Patagonia. Thus, we flew into Punta Arenas and rented a car from there to start our journey into Patagonia. But, before leaving coastal town, we wanted to visit a breeding colony of penguins. After all, we’re only steps away from Antarctica, so how could we resist?!   Magdalena Island A 2-hour boat ride from Punta Arenas takes you across the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena Island. Magdalena Island is home to over 120 000...

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Patagonia: Mirador Los Torres Hike

As we mentioned yesterday, Torres del Paine is the national park in Chile’s Patagonia which is named after it’s three mountain peaks (the “Torres”). These granite towers are the symbol of Chilean Patagonia, and are what explorers first wrote about regarding Patagonia. They are what made the park famous worldwide. Therefore, we couldn’t resist the urge to get up close. While visiting Torres del Paine, there are a few ways to get close to the Torres: either a multi-day hike (5 or 8 day “O” and “W” treks) or a day hike. Given that we were somewhat limited on...

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Patagonia: Chilean Torres del Paine

At the southernmost tip of Argentina and Chile is a vast remote area known as Patagonia. This region is known for its wild and rugged landscapes, consisting of vast areas of emptiness and isolation dotted with azure-blue lakes, crackling glaciers, and dramatic Andean mountain peaks that adventurous hikers dare to climb. Patagonia has long lured adventurous travellers for a number of reasons, whether it be hiking, climbing, or for a true escape to a quiet and remote part of the world. We decided to head to Patagonia to see its stunning landscapes for ourselves, and to enjoy the many...

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