Round the world in 90 days!

Travel time: December 2006 - March 2007  |  by Carolina Martinez

Patagonia

Jo, Bob, Kelli, Julius and I (from herein The Fab 5)landed in Punta Arenas airport in the afternoon. We had a 4WD waiting for us in the parking lot, so after a bit of paper work we were handed the keys and a map - our Patagonian adventure had begun!

First stop was Puerto Natales which is about a 3 hour drive north of Punta Arenas. PN acted as our ´in between´ town. We stayed there for the night before pushing further north and over the border to Argentina´s El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glaciar and also stayed there before and after our W trek.

The first thing that strikes you on the road in Patagonia is the vast open spaces and the seemingly endless horizons and skies. The second is that there is a whole lotta nothin´ between Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, including radio reception.

Patagonian skies are truly awesome.

Patagonian skies are truly awesome.

Some clouds seem to take up the whole sky.

Some clouds seem to take up the whole sky.

Roads that disappear into the horizon.

Roads that disappear into the horizon.

One of the only towns on the road that we stopped at to pee and play on the swings.

One of the only towns on the road that we stopped at to pee and play on the swings.

We arrived in Puerto Natales in the early evening. A very small town which serves mostly as the launch pad to Torres del Paine National Park. It is set on a beautiful sound which makes for good photos but the town itself is quite small (/dull).

View from Puerto Natales

View from Puerto Natales

Dawn in Puerto Natales.

Dawn in Puerto Natales.

Dogs in PN.  All of Chile seems to have a problem with packs of dogs roaming as they see fit but this was the biggest one I saw.

Dogs in PN. All of Chile seems to have a problem with packs of dogs roaming as they see fit but this was the biggest one I saw.

Patagonia is renowned for its incredible winds, particularly in summer time. On our second day we got a taste of it. The winds were so bad that we had to wrestle with car doors to make sure we weren´t flung into the street every time we opened the door. The winds are so bad that we saw trees that look permanantly wind-swept.

Kelli trying not to be blown into the water.

Kelli trying not to be blown into the water.

At first the town seems quite sleepy but we managed to find some pretty happening places to drink and have a good time.

Curly is anyone´s after a few pisco sours.

Curly is anyone´s after a few pisco sours.

The fab 5 having a fab time in a cute bar called Chill-e that we found that served great Pisco Watermelons.

The fab 5 having a fab time in a cute bar called Chill-e that we found that served great Pisco Watermelons.

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The trip
 
Description:
Julius and Carolina's dash around the globe. Let's see who will cross the finish line first . . .
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 10, 2006
Duration: 13 weeks
End of journey: Mar 07, 2007
Travelled countries: Thailand
Denmark
Spain
Chile
Argentina
Brazil
Uruguay
The Author
 
Carolina Martinez is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 14 years.
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