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// FEBRUARY 2015
Patagonia. Lets go!
Buenos Aires
General Acha
San Carlos de Bariloche
Sarmiento
Rio Gallegos
El Chaltén
El Calafate
Puerto Natales
Punta Arenas
Ushuaia
Rio Gallegos
Comodoro Rivadavia
Puerto Madryn
Bahia Blanca
Buenos Aires
Esquel
Los Glaciares National Park
Torres del Paine National Park
Punta Delgada
Rio Grande
Puerto Pirámides
Punta Delgada
Valdes
Viedma

Puerto Natales


15th of February2015
Chili, at last!

Our decision to cross to Chili from the border station La Turbio was proved right. Of course, we were completely out of schedule and reached there very late, under heavy rain. The most obvious option, and while taking under consideration the way the distances had been formed, was to sleep at Puerto Natales. Under heavy rain, we managed to find a hotel at the beach (Hotel Capitan Eberhard) and that was where we slept.

After we had crossed the Chilean borders, on the 15th of February, the weather had changed. It was starting to feel a lot like winter, after the storm at Porto Natales.


16th of February 2015
Christos we can make it !!!

After waking up in significantly improved weather conditions, we had to decide what we were going to do. We wanted, if that was possible, to enter the National Park Torres del Paine from one entrance and come out of it from another, while covering the largest possible course within it. In total, the course was about 250km in dirt road and that was scaring us a bit. We had decided to give up, when we found a travel agency very near our hotel. There, we were informed that the road was in a very good condition and that we would be able to make all the trips we wanted. They also advised us to have with us Chilean exchange, so as to pay the entrance money for the National Park. So our first priority was to find money.

 


Here we go again!  Hoping for a change? Fat chance!!

At the first bank we went, they didn’t even understand what we were trying to say. The employees at the second bank sent us to an exchange spot, which was closed, and a the third bank, at last, we found someone who could speak English. He suggests we go to a branch of the Santander. We did so. I will not make any further comments as far as the amount of money we got from there. This is a secret for me and Christos only. But I may have to say that it was enough for us to make a second journey (something we already plan) to Chile in 2015…


Fairy tale of the nature…

We started very cautiously because since the previous day our program had changed. The National Park  Torres del Paine, which we were visiting, is located into a plain hit by the winds, surrounded by magnificent mountains with very steep slopes. They look like impregnable castles. They are real towers of granite. The highest point is the Cerro Torre Grande with altitude 3050m. It is surrounded by slightly lower mountain tops: The Paine Chico, the 3 Torres del Paine and the Puento Principal. It is a very characteristic picture that is often seen at many advertising leaflets of Patagonia.
 


At this place, one can make many things. Brief daily excursions and trips for trekking around the mountains, through lakes with waters that come from melted parts of glaciers or river falls_ more precisely from the Grey Glacier and the river Rio Grante, whose impressive falls are poured into the lake Pechoe.



Along the road that crosses the park, there are perennial trees that resist persistently to the wind, while in spring and in summer the pastures are covered by flowers. As far as the animals found in the park, apart from Guanako, one may be able to see condors and many aquatic birds.


Should we fly?...

The National Park was worthy every single klm of its course. The only problem was the very strong wind. It was blowing cold all day long and we could feel some warmth only at some protected spots and only if the sun was appearing for a while. If that was not the case, we were practically freezing and had to put two or even three jackets on. But even those seemed more like huge blown balloons under the menace of the frozen wind.
 


When we walked down to see the waterfalls and the granite tops of the mountains, we had to use every effort so as to walk against the wind, which could easily drop you down at any moment. We were very lucky on the way out of the park, because we crossed through the Cerro Castillo.The whole trip was done on asphalted road, the village was beautiful and we even found a shop with very particular local color that we adored.
 


We put petrol at Puerto Natales and continued our journey towards Punta Arenas.

Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
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Population: 1.999.540
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Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
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Population: 1.999.540
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Country: Argentina
Date: 2015
Route: Patagonia
Cities: Buenos Aires, General Acha, San Carlos de Bariloche, Sarmiento, Rio Gallegos, El Chaltén, El Calafate, Puerto Natales , Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Rio Gallegos, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires
Duration: 15 days
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Population: 1.999.540
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