The general outline of the trip was to fly to Santiago, stay a few hours
and do a quick city tour. Then fly down to Punta Arenas, the southern tip
of mainland South America. From there go by car a few hours north to a
hotel in Torres del Paine National Park where we would do the bulk of the
hiking. Then work our way to El Chalten to hike around Mt. Fitzroy
a couple days then go to El Calafate to walk on Perito Moreno Glacier.
After that we would head north for warmer weather and spend a couple days
at the amazing Iguazu Falls before taking in some culture in Buenos Aires
before heading home.
That was a total of 15,263 flight miles, in addition
to several long bus rides.
Around Santiago, Chile
Our first stop in South America was Santiago. We had a long layover so Melanie arranged for a city tour.
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Punta Arenas, Chile and Otway Penguin Reserve
Flew to the southernmost airport serving Patagonia where we spent a night to rest then visited one of the nearby Penguin areas before the long trip back north for the main portion of the trip.
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On the way to Rio Serrano we stopped for a couple hours at the fascinating Mylodon Caves Natural Monument where the oldest evidence of presence of humans was found.
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Hotel Rio Serrano
We spent the most time at the very nice Hotel Rio Serrano where we used as a base to visit the Torres del Paine National Park.
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Hike to base of de las Torres
Weather was good and we were all fresh so we decided to get the most popular hike out of the way first, the hike to the base of de las Torres.
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Torres del Paine tour
Our feet were mush after the hike so we signed up for an all day tour of the park.
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Hike to French Valley
After our feet recovered somewhat we hike to another part of the W Trek, French Valley.
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Puerto Natales, Chile and Kayak Trip
We spent a couple relaxing days in Puerto Natales after all the hiking while Melanie and Steve relaxed on a three day kayak trip.
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Horseback riding near Puerto Natales, Chile
We had a full day in Puerto Natales so we chose to do an all day hike to cliffs to see Condors up close.
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El Chaltén, Argentina and hike to Mt. Fitzroy
We came to El Chaltén to see Mt. Fitzroy, one of the recommended hikes in Patagonia and also the mountain used in the Patagonia clothing logo.
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Horseback riding and another attempt to see Mt. Fitzroy
The girls wanted to go horseback riding again but Steve and I decided to instead attempt to get another view of Mt. Fitzroy.
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Perito Moreno Glacier
We headed back to El Calafate for the main attraction, the Peritoto Moreno Glacier where we did the Mini Hike on.
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Iguazú Falls, Argentina
Wanting to see as much of the region as possible in one trip we made a side-trip to Iguazú Falls in Argentina.
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Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
Not originally planning on going but since we found out our EU passports would allow us easy access to Brazil without a Visa we thought, why not?
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Last stop in Argentina the wonderful city of Buenos Aires. Finally a little culture and civilization before heading back home.
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