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Torres del Paine in all its glory and ferocity

Our hopes for hiking the “O” circuit in Torres del Paine were immediately dashed upon arrival at the park entrance when a park ranger informed us that the north west trail near the infamous Gordon Pass was covered in knee-deep snow and another blizzard was heading that way in just three days – exactly the time we would be reaching that part of the trail.  

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Patagonia here we come

At the end of our Antarctica cruise last Wednesday, we flew to El Calafate because this was the fastest, most direct way to get to Puerto Natales which is where we would get ourselves organized for our big trek in Torres del Paine.  

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Isla Magdalena: Home to 120,000 Magellanic penguins

I wanted to be wowed, and Isla Magdalena delivered with its breeding colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins.  This small, uninhabited island lies inside the infamous and important Magellan Strait at the southern end of South America, at the tail end of Patagonia and just north of Antarctica.

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Baby it’s cold down here

As we stepped off the plane in Punta Arenas last Thursday, we were greeted with a definite chill in the air.  Maybe not as cold as Canada, but definitely the coldest weather we have experienced so far.

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Side trip to Chiloé

Listed as one of the top ten islands to see before you die by Yahoo Travel, we were compelled to spend a few days exploring the Island of Chiloé which is separated from mainland Chile by a 30-minute ferry ride across the Chacao Channel.  

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A new year, a new look!

A big thanks to our friend Daphne in Holland (pictured to the left with her boyfriend Jasper) who customized the header on our website with personalized images from our recent travels.  We think she did an awesome job and we’re thrilled with the new look.

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Happy New Year!

I think we’re going to remember the last day of 2011 for quite some time as it’s not every day you climb to the brim of an active volcano that is covered in snow, and then slide all the way down on your bum.

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Christmas in Santiago

Santiago is the biggest, most modern city we have visited in South America thus far. With a population of more than 7 million inhabitants in the greater metropolitan, sprawling over an area of 58 km2, this city is huge.

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Passing through the driest place on earth

Chile is a mere sliver of a country wedged between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  It is only 430 km wide at its widest point, but it is more than ten times that in length, at just over 4,630 km.  

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