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February 27, 2018

I could feel the tears starting to well up in my eyes. We were stranded at the Bolivian border. Our cell phones didn't work, we had no cash, there were no ATMs, and credit cards were not accepted anywhere. My tears seemed to soften the Bolivian border guard. He looked...

February 25, 2018

Our alarms went off at 6:00 a.m. and the power was still out in our lovely boutique hotel. We had no choice but to put on our headlamps and start packing. I think we were both glad to be leaving San Pedro de Atacama. We enjoyed our visit, but the five days that we had...

February 22, 2018

We were not washed away in the torrential rains during the night in the driest place on Earth. However, we still did not have power in our hotel room. We learned at breakfast from the manager that two years ago, during a one inch rainfall,  the road in front of the hot...

February 19, 2018

After two months in Chile we were headed to the last region of the county we had yet to visit, the northern region. We would visit the Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar desert on Earth.  After Torres del Paine and Easter Island it is the third most popular tourist d...

February 16, 2018

I knew that driving the Carretera Austral would be beautiful. I just wasn’t fully prepared for how beautiful it actually was. The drive was relaxing, and yet at the same time stimulated all of the senses. Peace and beauty were to be found around every twist and turn in...

February 13, 2018

We awoke to a stunning view from our hostel in Rio Tranquilo on the western edge of General Carrerra lake.  The clouds the day before had obscured the rugged snow covered peaks. Despite the radiators and space heater, our room was chilly, which made it hard to get out...

February 11, 2018

We had no idea that it would be quite so difficult to get out of Puerto Williams. The town really is located at the end of the world. There are few places to stay and resources are limited. I was coming down with a cold and we discovered that the only pharmacy on the i...

February 8, 2018

In a park in downtown Punta Arenas, Chile, there is a bronze statue of an indigenous person centrally located and the focus of everyone wandering by. I noticed that many people would rub the foot of the statue as they passed. As a result, the foot on the statue was a s...

February 5, 2018

Torres del Paine is known as the 8th wonder of the world because of its natural beauty, exotic landscapes, and abundant flora and fauna. The land is shaped by ice, water, geology, and the strong Patagonian winds that constantly batter the Andes mountains. The winds als...

February 2, 2018

As I tossed and turned, I couldn’t stop thinking about what our friend Medi had said about the “O” hike he just completed in Torres del Paine, Chile.

“You don’t have vertigo do you?” He asked. 

“There are a few suspension bridges that are about 50 meters high, and also a...

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