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Torres Del Paine National Park, Day Four

CHILE | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | Views [236]

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.  There was a lot of fire damage toi the trees in this area - about three years ago an israeli camper had been burning some tissue paper and stared a huge fire that spread across the park.  He was inprisoned for a week as a result of his actions. We got back to the refugio and then had a packed lunch and hopped on to a boat which took us across the lake to a point where there was a dirt road and a bus could pick us up.  The scenery from the boat was yet again fantastic and the weather perfect.

There are no snakes in PAtagonia and the only spiders in chile that are venomous are the black widows.  The only dangerous animals are the puma and black panther.  We did not see any during our time in the park.  Apparently they are not likely to attack you unless they have young.

We took the two hour bus ride back to Puerto Natales and were lucky to see a big herd of Guanecos crossing the road.  We had quite a few stops to look at views and animals on the journey.  

Back at Capitan Eberhard we retrieved the rest of our luggage and chekced in.  Aimie and I were upset to find that this time our room was at the back of the hotel with no seaview, was on the ground floor and had no double bed (which was meant to be for Aimie this time)!

Anna and I went to take photos and then for dinner at La Rustika. We were they only ones in there as it was only 6.30pm so the waiter was giving us lots of attention.  The meal was great  - I actually picked a vegan dish of quinoa and zucchini rolls. It was delcious, ive never had such well cooked quinoa and tasty vegetables.  I was feeling like I needed to rebalance and craved vegetables! We also got to sample some of the local speciality of calafate berries, and then calafate ice cream with a chocolate brownie.  Of course there were a couple more Ausrals. Mike and Jenny also dined here on our recommendation.

 

 

Tags: hiking, lakes, mountains, wildlife

 

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