End of the World

8 Nov

That’s what the sign says.ImageAfter a snappy 30 hours of travel from Cartegena to Bogota to Santiago to Puerta Mott to Punta Arenas, we headed along Ruta Fin del Mundo.  The Road to the End of the World.  What we were greeted with when we got there was something truly spectacular.  ImageThis is Torres del Paines (say Pine-ee) National Park in southernmost Chilean Patagonia.  We are staying at one of the very few lodges inside the park.  Called “Explora”, its a really nice place in a really nice place.

We arrived about lunchtime yesterday, filled our bellies and immediately went on a brisk 2 mile hike.  MSC-CHILE-2013-5142Everywhere you look is an amazing view and the lakes, which are all throughout the park are filled with bright aqua water due to the minerals from the glaciers.  This morning we hiked to Grey Lake, which is the home of the Grey glacier and it’s offspring: the icebergs. MSC-CHILE-2013-0402 It’s waaay cool to see icebergs.  They are bright blue, just like the pictures.  Its an other-wordly color that you have to see to believe!MSC-CHILE-2013-5214

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After a very civilized lunch we saddled up, went to the stables and met our gaucho for a horseback ride through the pampas.  It was a gentle ride on friendly horses.  And that’s a good thing!MSC-CHILE-2013-5228

We have three more days at Explora so we’ll keep you filled in on the comings and goings at the bottom of South America!  Hasta lavista, baby!MSC-CHILE-2013-5220

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7 Responses to “End of the World”

  1. Susan November 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    hasta luego— hasta la vista, hasta pronto

  2. Mindy November 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Yo No Comprendo

  3. Susan Leiber November 9, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    30 hours of travel? In LA with our daughter. Happy traveling

  4. Janice November 9, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    It just does not look real. The colors are too perfect. I bet you almost don’t want to blink thinking you might miss one special moment! Can’t wait for the upload. In Vermont, 21 degrees, snow on decks! Have fun!

  5. Christine November 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    You are the second person I know to tell me about Torres del Paines which means now I must go myself!! The water looks just like what we saw in Iceland at the Blue Lagoon. Muchos besos!!

  6. Bruce November 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this trip. What amazing pictures

  7. Daryl L Hunter November 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    This is near the top of my list of places to see before I am done. Glad you had a great trip to a wonderful place.

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