Patagonia

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires – The 52 hour Bus Ride…

Crazy? Yes Alternative options? No. I was at the End of the World after all... Ushuaia Argentina, Distance to here... Any sane person would take a flight. I'd take a flight, if there were any... but there was a two week wait. Booking a flight ahead of time would have required planning, and in Patagonia we were already planning 2 weeks in advance, which was quite enough for this trip heavily based around Freedom. We asked the receptionist at our hostel where we could book such [...]

By | January 8th, 2010|Argentina, Featured, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Tierra del Fuego. The Land of Fire.

You can't expect the most southerly inhabited town in the world to be easy to get to by road. Leaving Puerto Natales in Chile the journey went a little something like this... 2 buses, one side of the road switch to a bus going in the opposite direction, 1 border crossing, 1 ferry, and 1 minibus with a trailer attached driving through the mountains... 14 hours later and I arrived in Tierra del Fuego. The land of Fire. Tierra del Fuego, Argentina It may be [...]

By | January 5th, 2010|Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales, Chile

Puerto Natales as a town is a small, relatively out of the way kind of place. There's not a whole lot going on there, and it's not the sort of place you'd visit for the town alone. People come to Puerto Natales for Torres del Paine National Park. It's undoubtedly the most popular hike inPatagonia. There are two options for hiking, the 4-5 day 'W' circuit or the 8-9 day full circuit. Since we were on to the third hike in 3 weeks we opted [...]

By | January 1st, 2010|Blog, Chile, Featured, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate

After the hike and the bed bug saga of El Chalten I was ready to move on. We decided not only to move hostels, but to move town... A three and a half hour bus ride south from El Chalten is a town called El Calafate, about 5 times the size of El Chalten and home to Perito Moreno Glacier. As it turns out, every tourist within a 500km radius had also decided to head to El Calafate, so it was Goodbye sacred quiet of the [...]

By | December 27th, 2009|Argentina, Blog, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Monte Fitz Roy – The Final Days of Spooney-Forkey

After 32 hours on the road we staggered off our Route 40 bus at 6am into the rain, fog, and icy cold winds of El Chalten. El Chalten is a small town in Patagonia in Argentina, about 3.5 hours north of El Calafate. It is set at the top end of Parque Nacional de Los Glaciers and is famous for Monte Fitz Roy, the jagged peak of which can be seen stretching skyward out of the national park on a clear day. I had been told [...]

By | December 25th, 2009|Argentina, Blog, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Knee Deep in Snow – Hiking Frey, Patagonia

"A bit of snow maybe, but you should be fine if you've got some hiking experience", was the information from the guy at Club Andino Bariloche, the local hiking association. A great resource and the place to visit before hiking in the local area. He also gave us a map, a route, and gave me a concerned look…. "ah, you hike before?"…. "Not much…. well actually I have zero hiking experience…. but my friend here, he is the most experienced hiker I have ever met, I'm [...]

By | December 19th, 2009|Argentina, Blog, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Bariloche, Argentina

There's one way into Argentina by road from Pucon in Chile. And it consists of a 4 hour bus ride south to a town called Osorno, a 3 hour wait, then a 5 hour bus ride to Bariloche and one border crossing. Being so use to travelling by night, I initially wasn't too keen on having to do it all during the day, but I hadn't taken into account the the views. The drive from the Chilean border through to Bariloche was absolutely stunning. Snow capped mountains, [...]

By | December 15th, 2009|Argentina, Blog, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Pucon, Chile

Heading out of Santiago we ventured south towards Patagonia, stopping at Pucon in Chile along the way. Leaving the sunshine and in-pool bar of La Casa Roja in Santiago was difficult. It would be the perfect place to get stuck for a while, but the mountains were beckoning me. Our plan in Patagonia was to do a few hikes, and I was lucky that my travel buddy was a hiking superstar. So with zero hiking gear on us, we had the brilliant idea of purchasing gear in Santiago [...]

By | December 14th, 2009|Blog, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

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