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When the extraordinary becomes ordinary

When the extraordinary becomes ordinary

I am not sure when it started, maybe after we toured Tierra del Fuego. All the hype and excitement of getting to Ushuaia was followed by a strange feeling of what now? Hitting the end of South America was a huge goal and we had not thought that much about what we were...
The Valdes Peninsula-Orca attacks

The Valdes Peninsula-Orca attacks

One night in December sitting around a camp fire in Northern Patagonia, our Swiss friend Simone told us about the famous Valdes killer whales. She explained that on the Valdes Peninsula orcas will swim up on the beach and strand themselves temporarily in order to...
The never ending Ruta 3

The never ending Ruta 3

Argentina is a huge country. It took driving up the Atlantic coast for me to truly grasp just how gigantic it was. Before starting our never ending push north to Uruguay, we were constantly crossing back and forth across Chile for most of our five months in Argentina....
Camp Site List: Chile

Camp Site List: Chile

All of these campgrounds can be found on iOverlander. Los Abuelos Date Visited: 11/17/2014 Location: -22.90598, -68.20464 (Altitude: 7940 feet) A fairly nice (but pricey) campground outside of San Pedro. It cost us 20,000 a night for camping. They have nice clean...

Budget: Chile

We spent about 55 days in Chile and spent a total of $6,200.  That means that we spent on average about $112 per day. Our expenses were heavily skewed towards transportation which accounted for %63, or $3,875, of our total spend. This was mainly due to three factors:...
All alone in Pali-Aike National Park

All alone in Pali-Aike National Park

When we were in Argentina in Perito Moreno National Park we met a Swiss couple who had started their trip in Ushuaia and were working their way up north. They told us about a small national park in Chile on the border to Argentina called Pali-Aike, which actually...
Fin del Mundo

Fin del Mundo

After Torres del Paine we had nothing big left in our Patagonia “to do” list but cross back into Argentina and drive down to the end of the continent to the tip of Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia was the city we were aiming for and we had a border to cross and...
Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile

The Tehuelche Indians, Patagonia’s original inhabitants, called the wind Shamej Gooshe, translated as “The Wind Which Goes Round”. Shamej Gooshe was a mythical being who would drag animals and people into his underground liar and kill them. I thought...
Perito Moreno- Welcome to the ice show

Perito Moreno- Welcome to the ice show

It was difficult to leave Fitz Roy. We had been waiting so long to see it and leaving was just one step closer to the end of Patagonia. We knew we still had two of the “big sites” left, Perito Moreno glacier and Torres del Paine. After that, we were not...
Fitz Roy!

Fitz Roy!

Just a side note before I begin this post. Our blog has been months behind because we chose to travel off the grid and sometimes did not have wifi for weeks at a time. Yesterday we flew back to the states, I am actually writing this in Dallas right now from the...
Patagonia’s hidden gem

Patagonia’s hidden gem

Perito Moreno National Park, not to be confused with the famous Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciers National Park, is tucked away in a remote area of Argentina near the Chilean border. It is one of Argentina’s oldest parks having been established in the 1930s...
Patagonia- Where the road has no end

Patagonia- Where the road has no end

I am not sure anyone can be prepared for the vastness that is Argentina. It is a huge country, separated by thousand upon thousands of miles of open pampa. It feels wild, untouched and uninhabitable in many areas where we were more likely to see a herd of guanacos or...
Fifty shades of blue

Fifty shades of blue

So no, this post is not about getting tied up with bungee cords and blind folded with mosquito netting in the back of the XP =). It is about the shades of blue that the Patagonia rivers come in. It is said that the Inuit in Alaska have over fifty words for snow, I...
Glacier treks and marble caves

Glacier treks and marble caves

I am not sure when it happened, but early on in South America I stopped reading other travelers blogs, even our friends. Part of that was because we never had WIFI, part of it was the more we traveled, the more I felt like I wanted to have our “own” trip and not be...
Carretera Austral- It is all about the weather

Carretera Austral- It is all about the weather

I remember when we were sitting with Jessica and Kobus from Life Remotely at their house in Seattle at the very beginning of this trip. Sam asked them if there was anywhere on the entire trip they did (over 19 months down the PanAm) where they would want to buy...
Searching for the wild on Chiloé

Searching for the wild on Chiloé

I always knew I wanted to visit Chiloé on this trip. Years ago I read an article about it in National Geographic. I don’t even really remember what it was about, but something about this island, the second largest in South America stuck with me. I envisioned old...