Patagonia March 2012

“I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones.”
― Bruce ChatwinIn Patagonia

What way to start my long overdue post than a quote from one of the great travel writers of our time. I cannot better those words.

My itinerary: Flew from Buenos Aires to el Calefate, spent a day at the Benito Moreno glacier and then a bunch of time at the Torres del Paine Park and then boarded a boat and cruised from Punta Arenas, round Cape Horn, to Ushaiuia and then back to Buenos Aires.

On my way across the border between Chile and Argentina, my friends and I stopped to pay homage to Gauchito Gil (read more about his legend here Gauchito Gil) – we brought him a delicious beer as an offering for help & safe passage on our journey (and he came through!). The following pictures are just some of my shots – please enjoy – amazing weather (didn’t have to wear my waterproof pants very much – not a fan of the waterproof pant but a fan of being dry for sure) and well, amazing trip.

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One month countdown begins… now

In just one month, will be headed out to Argentina and Chile – starting in Buenos Aires, headed south to Calefate & Torres del Paine National Park and then spending some time on a boat from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, heading south a bit, and then home. Let’s hope my rounding of Cape Horn will be less exciting than this….

In the meantime, going back to packing, parsing down my items to my thirty three   pounds of luggage and dreaming of ice fields & after hiking glasses of Malbec.