Hunting Orcas and Nesting Penguins on Peninsular Valdez | Argentina

Peninsular Valdez is one of the best places in South America to view wildlife but we never intended to go there because Argentina is quite frankly bloomin’ expensive. Luckily for us though the Argentinian peso had taken a big dip which actually meant we could afford to spend a bit longer in the country and…

Hiking around El Chalten, the highlight of Patagonia | Argentina

The tiny village of El Chalten sits inside Los Glaciers National Park and is framed by the dramatic spiky peaks of Fitz Roy and Co. Hiking trails branch off from the village and lead directly to some of the most impressive sights in Patagonia. But the best part is it’s free to visit, this section…

Visiting Perito Moreno Glacier | Argentina

It was time for us to cross from Chile into Argentina to see the other side of Patagonia. The border crossing was certainly the windiest we’ve ever experienced with dust storms and frantically flapping flags (bit of a tongue twister!). We eventually arrived in the town of El Calafate where we had a two kilometre…

Days 3 to 5 on the W trek | Torres Del Paine

The wind was wild lastnight, I’ve never experienced wind quite like it. The sound was deafening and I could hear it swirling like a tornado high above us. I’d brace myself for impact but it seemed to take forever for the gusts to reach us and after the howling there would be a few seconds…

Our first two days hiking the W trek in Torres Del Paine | Chile

Patagonia has been a place that we’ve dreamed of visiting for years, but the seasons and our budget haven’t allowed it to happen until now. While we were in Canada I realised October would be Spring time in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore the shoulder season which is what we needed because in peak season…

Hitchhiking to see the penguins on Chiloé Island | Chile

We hadn’t heard of Chiloé Island until we arrived in Chile and started searching for places to visit enroute to Patagonia. It sounded like an intriguing place where locals still believe in witchcraft and ghost ships. To get there we caught a bus from Puerto Varas to Ancud on the northern part of the island….

Chile’s Lake District and hiking around Osorno Volcano

Chile is a wild country; it’s extremely long and narrow, home to deserts and glaciers and prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Mother Nature sure had fun here and we were treated to a birds-eye view of the landscape as we took a flight from Santiago to the Los Lagos region (the Lake District of…