19.03.2007 - 21.03.2007 13 °C
We stayed in Puerto Natales for a couple of days as a stop off point for a trip to Torres Del Paine National Park.
The Park is simply sensational but this part of Chile is unfortunately a cash cow. The entry fee for a day was a whopping US$30 on top of the tour costs. The accommodation in simple refugios even more expensive than the digs at Uluru in the red centre.
That said, the National Park was fantastic. On our day tour (we were the only ones there - ¡ was full of a cold and alli would never have camped! so a 4 day trip around the 50km W circuit was never a bona fide option) we saw a grey fox, guanacos (like Llamas) plus Chilian Condors in the fields. We also saw wild ostrich looking things '- the name escaped us.
We were shown a waterfall and some spectacular lake and mountain views - not too dissimilar to South New Zealand. The lakes contain excessive salts and minerals, hence the water appearing blues and greens and then greys depending on the wind and orientation of the sun.
The glacier there was impressive as was the ice cold wind. Bloody freezing to say the least. The glaciers were 15 km away with large chunks of icebergs left over in the Lakes.
We got to see the Torres (not too dissimilar to the 3 sisters at the Blue Mountains in Sydney) and we were happy. Especially as the forecast for the day was rain rain rain. We got sun sun sun.
I could write a paragraph about the town of Puerto Natales but at best the place is sleepy, windy and not much a happening to report!.
Our next report will be the amazing Perito Moreno Glaciar at El Calafate. Simply sensational............
Speak soon y'all.
Jason and Alli xx