Monthly Archives: Jan 2014

The two lunatics.

Built Like a set from a 1960’s Sci-Fi movie, El Chalten is a spooky little town. The vehicles are held together with wire and ad hoc bits of weld, and licence plates are conspicuous in their absence. All that is … Continue reading

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‘Glaciar Perito Moreno’.

This time yesterday, if you had told me that it was possible to stand in front of a glacier for 5-hours I would not have believed you. But today, that’s exactly what I did. It’s a 2-hour bus ride from … Continue reading

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Puerto Montt to Bariloche.

Very few of my fellow travellers spoke fondly of Bariloche – too touristy was the general comment. Some of my Argentinian hosts even echoed the sentiment. After 2 days there I have to agree. If you have a car I … Continue reading

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“But it has gone!”

The Castro to Chaiten ferry disaster! I arrived at the extremely uninviting passenger terminal of Castro at 7pm. I wanted to drop off my bags and grab some food. My ferry was due to depart at midnight and I was … Continue reading

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Pingüinos y iglesias.

Ancud, Chiloe, Chile. POP 49,550 The early-morning fog shrouded misty-eyed Chiloé as I arrived on the Cruz del Sur ferry. Isla Grande de Chiloé is the continent’s second-largest island and is home to a fiercely independent, seafaring people who developed … Continue reading

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Santiago to Puerto Montt to Puerto Varas by bus (16-hours).

The Lakes District (Chile). The further south you go, the greener it gets, until you find snow-clad volcanoes rising over verdant hills and beautiful clear lakes. Two menacing volcanoes stand guard over the delightful town of Puerto Varas, which sits … Continue reading

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The dormitory.

My first experience of a dormitory was back in 1985 when I was sharing with 20 other people whilst working at a company called G’s in Ely. It wasn’t a bad experience. However for one young man it would be. … Continue reading

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Santiago – Chile.

Santiago, Chile. POP 5,883,000 It may well be ‘just another big city’, but Santiago has so far been my favourite. Loads to see and do; safer than Rio; easier to get around than Buenos Aires; special. My hostel, Casaltura, enjoys … Continue reading

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Mendoza to Santiago (Chile) – in 12 hours!

It may seem a tad bonkers but there is method in my madness. When I studied my business degree we were told about two forms of strategy – strategic (fixed) and emerging (flexible). I have chosen the latter. Ian, who … Continue reading

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Iguazu to Mendoza in 48 hours!

The thought of a 20-hour bus journey would ordinarily fill me with dread. The thought of a double dose, in one hit, would have me shaking at the core! Why on earth would anyone want to put themselves through such … Continue reading

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