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El Calafate to Ushuaia

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | Views [136]

We left at 9.30am after a little bit of a lie in (phew!) for our flight to Ushuaia. It was an hour long flight and was a little bit bumpy.  It was grey and rainy on our arrival. 


Puerto Natales to El Calafate

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | Views [208]

Today we took a six hour bus ride to El Calafate and crossed the border back in to Argentina. The crossing was at cerro castillo into the santa cruz region of Argentina.  Lunch was at Isobel restaurant.  We ordered a few speciality dishes to ... Read more >

Tags: on the road. lake


Torres Del Paine National Park, Day Four

CHILE | Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | Views [233]

After another very pleasant night in the tent we ate our breakfast and set off on our last morning of walking up to the grey lake and grey glacier lookout and back - this glacier forms part of the Southern Patagonian ice field. We walked about 12km. ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, lakes, mountains, wildlife


Torres del Paine National Park, Day Three

CHILE | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | Views [190]

An earlier start this morning.  Again an early morning visit to the lake to see the sunrise over the mountains.  We walked in the shadow of the Pina Grande. and up in to the French Valley.  We saw cera cera falcons and a flock of parakeets.... Read more >

Tags: galcier, hiking, lakes, mountains


Torres del Paine National Park, Day Two

CHILE | Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | Views [199]

Today we had a leisurely start which was good as we had time to explore the area where the campsite was and indulge in the photography. Breakfast was sumptuous! We were still up early though as we wanted to see the sunrise over the towers, and would ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, lake, mountains


Torres Del Paine National Park, Day One

CHILE | Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | Views [241]

We had an early start to get to the national park. It was about a two hour bus ride from Puerto Natales via cerro castillo where the border with Argentina is. We saw lots of wildlife on the journey: Rhea Condors Guanecos Black-crested buzzard ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, mountains, nightsky, river, scenery, wildlife


Puerto Natales

CHILE | Saturday, 21 Mar 2015 | Views [273]

After a three hour bus ride we arrived at Puerto Natales.  This is where we are to prepare for our four day hike in the Torres del Paine National Park.  When we arrived we checked in to the Capitan Eberhard hotel and then went for a walk around ... Read more >

Tags: on the road, sunset, town


Punta Arenas

CHILE | Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | Views [170]

A 10.30am sky airline flight had us arriving in Punta Arenas by lunchtime.  There was a definite difference in temperature here - windy, cold (around 7 degrees probably) and raining, so the layers and waterproof came out. We checked in to hostal ... Read more >

Tags: city


Puerto Varas

CHILE | Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | Views [292]

The weather is not so good today, but we found a tourist information and arranged a private minibus to take six of us to the Parque National Vicente Perez Rosales.  This involved a river, waterfalls and a lake.  We then drove up the volcano ... Read more >

Tags: lake, rivers, volcano, walking, waterfalls


Bariloche, Northern Patagonia

ARGENTINA | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | Views [303]

We arrived around lunchtime so once we had checked in we went for lunch, a chicken schitzel napolitana, and then walked around the town together.  We saw the civic square, the cathedral and the many chocolate shops.  We went to the best one ... Read more >

Tags: glacier, hiking, lake, mountains, on the road, volcano, waterfall


Joining the Patagonia Dreaming Tour in Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | Views [194]

I was very happy to have checked in to my twin room in the very smart Dazzler Hotel complete with wifi in the room (not possible in milhouse) and a private bathroom with towels(!).  I found I was still quite tired so went for a nap but reception ... Read more >

Tags: city


Leaving Australia

ARGENTINA | Saturday, 14 Mar 2015 | Views [235]

Today I flew from Sydney to Buenos Aires via Santiago.  We checked out of the lovely (no) funkhouse and after posting another box of things home, went to have breakfast at the airport.  I left Kay at the airport which was again very difficult.... Read more >

Tags: city


Moving in Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | Views [144]

Today I moved to a new area, to the Melbourne Metro YHA.  Saw the flagstaff gardens, the royal exhibition building and the carlton gardens and rode the free city circle tram. I met Simone and we explored the area of Fitzroy (mainly brunswick ... Read more >

Tags: city


Melbourne with a Friend

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | Views [209]

Today I met Simone, a friend from the lap of Tassie tour.  After coffee at Federation square we we went to ACDC, hosier and rutledge lane for more street art and paid a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Gallery which houses Australian ... Read more >

Tags: beach, city


Exploring Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | Views [213]

Sunday afternoon I met my friend Mays who recently moved to Melbourne with her boyfriend. We drove to St Kilda's beach and walked up the waterfront and the St Kilda's pier. A very tanned sunbathing man asked us if we wanted to see a penguin and pointed ... Read more >

Tags: city


Rest Day in Melbourne!

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | Views [171]

An early flight back to Melbourne and I checked in to my private double room that I splashed out on to rest, recuperate and have some of my own space. Afternoon spent at the Melbourne Central YHA, but some good jobs were done! 

Tags: rest


Bicheno to Hobart

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | Views [252]

This morning we returned to see the blowhole in action and to see the area we had been in last night in the dark. It was a clear path for the penguins and we had not found the correct ledge that Jacob had told me to sit on!  After a coffee stop ... Read more >

Tags: city, on the road


Launceston to Bicheno

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | Views [219]

This morning we started off at the park in Launceston to see the collection of Japanese Macaques and then we headed out to the Pyengana cheese farm for tastings of five of their cheddars and a milkshake. The cows are very happy as they get their back ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, on the road


Tullah to Launceston via Cradle Mountain

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Views [242]

This morning we drove to the Cradle Mountain National Park.  Here we did a 3 hour walk up to Marion's lookout.  This was a steep and rough climb which had a chain to help clamber up the steep sections, but it really wasn't hard.  We walked ... Read more >

Tags: city, food, mountains, walking


A Day on the West Coast

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | Views [206]

This morning our first stop was the lake at Tullah.  The mist was just clearing and created a beautiful effect on the water.  We were lucky enough to see a platypus swimming along as well! We drove past the extinct town called Williamsford, ... Read more >

Tags: beach, on the road, walk, waterfall


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