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Argentina 2015

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Costera Senda (Coastal Path) – Paseo de La Isla – Mirador Lapataia (Lapataia Viewpoint) – Senda de La Baliza – Arias Port, 12km.  Today’s outing was to the southernmost national park of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego. A minivan from the… Continue Reading →

Camino Estancia Túnel

Playa Larga to Estancia Túnel, 10km After moving to a more comfortable, closer-to-the town apartment, we went for a walk to Playa Larga, east of  Ushuaia. Along the rugged coast scattered with windswept trees (bent down to 45 degrees) we… Continue Reading →

Philippe cruising on the Beagle Channel, Yasuko to the mountain

Philippe loves the sea, sailing, anything related to water and wind. Yasuko loves mountains but easily gets sea-sick. Ushuaia has a perfect solution for us: it is sandwiched between the sea and the mountains. So today Philippe set off to… Continue Reading →

Crossing the Magellan Strait

Puerto Natales to Ushuaia, 7am bus, 13h ride to Philippe’s dream town, 760km As a little boy I used to watch a show on French TV where the main acts were sailors, adventurors, boat racers, well, Robinson Crusoe type of people… Continue Reading →

“W” Hike – Torres del Paine – Day 6

Refugio Grey to Refugio Paine Grande (11km, 3.5h) – Catamaran – Puerto Natales by bus Last day of our “W” hiking To take 12.30 pm boat from Lake Pehoé, we left our refugio at 8 am to allow enough time for… Continue Reading →

“W” Hike – Torres del Paine – Day 5

Refugio Paine Grande – Laguna Los Patos – Refugio Grey, 11km, 4h We woke up to another sunny day with blue sky. A complete change from yesterday! The Grande Paine Refugio is located in front of the expansive blue Pehoe… Continue Reading →

“W” Hike – Torres del Paine – Day 4

Domo Frances – Campo Italiano – Grande Paine Refugio, 11km, 3h After another quiet night with non-snoring hut mates, Philippe slept till almost 9am. To Philippe’s delight, we had fresh and tasty scramble eggs for breakfast for the first time…. Continue Reading →

“W” Hike – Torres del Paine – Day 3

Refugio El Chileno – Domo Frances – Glaciar Lookout – Domo Frances, 16.5 km The strong wind was howling the whole night and shaking our whole hut. Olga said in the morning that she was afraid that the refugio would be… Continue Reading →

“W” Hike – Torres del Paine – Day 2

Refugio El Chileno – Refugio Los Cuernos, 11Km A beautiful hike through the bushes full of red flowers. We made a nice lunch stop at the elevated area with large, flat and smooth granite rocks, enjoying the full sun and… Continue Reading →

“W” Hike – Torres del Paine – Day 1

Hotel Las Torres – Refugio el Chileno – Mirador Base Las Torres – Refugio el Chileno – 13.5 km The logistics to get to Los Torres del Paine is complex. First we had to take a 7 am bus for… Continue Reading →

Puerto Natales – The day before 

We arrived at Puerto Natales, the starting point town for the Torres del Paine, in the early afternoon. After checking in our hotel and a nice lunch in this sleepy port town, we walked into an agency fully anticipating difficulties… Continue Reading →

Sunrise hike to the Fitz Roy viewpoint

I wanted to see the sunrise view of Fitz Roy badly. So I started walking past 5 pm, leaving Philippe behind in a warm bed. The air war crisp and the (famous) fierce Patagonian wind almost non-existent. There was no… Continue Reading →

Yasuko On the Rock

Cerro Torre, Patagonia

El Chaltén – Cascada Margarita – Torre Mirador – De Agostini Camping – Laguna Torre 20km – 6h – 500m up and down We hiked another route from El Chaltén today. Another intense blue sky without any clouds. A little… Continue Reading →

Spectacular Fitz Roy – Patagonia

El Chalten – Viewpoint – Viewpoint – another Viewpoint – Poincenot – La Laguno de los Tres (and back) 23km – 6h50 – 1’012 m up and down Who hasn’t heard the story of the alpinist who wanted to go… Continue Reading →

Glacier Perito Moreno 

Ice – Ice – Ice Nature is full of genius, full of devinity, so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. Henry David Thoreau This morning we left to see the No. 1 tourist attraction of Argentine, the Perito Moreno… Continue Reading →

Unsuccessful attempt at Andes hiking

We originally wanted to go the base camp of the world famous Aconcagua (6900m), the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere. However, this year it snowed heavily and still remains, and to Yasuko’s great regret the base camp has not… Continue Reading →

Bodegas de Mendoza

Of course, while in Mendoza, a wine tour is a must. We were nicely guided by Paula who put a private tour together in no time, so fast, that we did not really know where we were going, but it… Continue Reading →

Driving through high altitude deserts

We took off at Purmamarca for the Salinas Grandes, a high altitude lake which dried out some 10’000 years ago to leave a 3m salt crust on about 500 km2. Standing on it is a bit like standing on an… Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Salt

A couple of impressions from the Salinas Grandes. A sight only enjoyable with sunglasses 🙂

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