Like all good dreams, we eventually came back to reality (if you can call it that) and rejoined the backpacker circuit. We flew from Santiago to our first stop in Patagonia, the town of Puerto Natales, from where we would set off to explore Torres del Paine National Park. The park is on the Chilean […]Read more "Hiking the O in Torres del Paine"
Trip Totals Distance: ~ 106km Elevation Gain: 4125m Duration: 7 days, 6 nights Cost: 81,000 CLP per person (~ $162 CAD) Park entry fee: 21,000 CLP per person (~ $42 CAD) Camping: 24,000 CLP per person (~ $48 CAD) Transportation: 18,000 CLP per person (~ $36 CAD) – includes bus to and from Torres del […]Read more "Torres del Paine – O Circuit Trip Report"
We touched down in Mendoza after a short flight from Santiago, the kind of trip where getting through airport security and customs takes twice as long as your air time. Roxy’s parents had flown in from Canada for a break from winter, and we were fortunate enough to join them for a break from hostels, […]Read more "A week in Argentinian Wine country"
Southeast of Santiago lies a rocky and isolated valley that runs into Argentina called Valle Maule. The landscape morphs from the rugged peaks of extinct volcanoes with zero vegetation to big hills with lush vineyards that are reminiscent of interior BC as the Rio Maule flows from the Argentinian border to the Pacific Ocean. It […]Read more "Valle de Los Condores"
So sometime a week or so ago we hit the 6 month mark of our travels through South America. Fine, it wasn’t “a week or so”, it was March 22nd, just trying to make it sound nonchalant like we barely noticed. In fact we’ve made note of every month that’s passed and they seem to […]Read more "6 months by the numbers "
After 4 months of yo-yoing between Ecuador and Peru we finally made our way to Chile, one of the main reasons we decided to embark on a South American adventure in the first place. Having successfully navigated the world’s deepest canyon, or second deepest, or third or fifth or tenth deepest (depending on your Google […]Read more "Cruising & Climbing around Santiago, Chile"
Bienvenidos a Lima, nothing like the noise and exhaust from the cars and busses of ~9 million people combined with 30 degree heat to greet you after nearly 40 hours on a bus. A cruel twist of fate would see water supply cut to our hostel the day after we arrived, read: no cold showers […]Read more "Peru Round Two: Lima and the Colca Canyon"