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Saturday, 01 July 2006

Land of Ice and Fire: Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego - Page 5

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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We began our journey deep into Patagonia from Carretera Austral with a three-and-a-half-day journey past fjords and glaciers on NavimagNavimag is a large barge that carries all the supplies down to the southern part of Chile.  The trip used to be solely for transport, but occasionally backpackers would hitch a ride until it became so popular that the company built many cabins where there used to be cargo; now their business is largely a tourist enterprise.  It is the cruise for those who can’t afford to cruise.

Our last day in Ushuaia, we had planned to take a hike through Tierra del Fuego National Park, but it continued to rain so  we decided to take the old fashioned steam engine through.  Despite claims to the contrary, we found the desperately slow train very boring, and one of the women across from us fell fast asleep.  We consoled ourselves afterwards by going to our favorite restaurant again!

The rain broke right before our flight to Buenos Aires and we were able to see Ushuaia from the air, its tall, beautiful mountains, and small, green islands everywhere. Southern Argentina & Chile are incredible places for a vacation with gorgeous nature, clean, safe, and friendly cities, countryside, and parks, and refined or cheap lodging and food. With highlights like Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares in Argentina it’s tough to beat.  Best of all: you are so far removed from the everyday; you know you’ve gotten away from it all.

Check out our tour to Chile & Patagonia in January at the link on the left 'inTravel Tours'


Navimag barge (prices are seasonal, check website):

Hosteria Mirador del Payne (dbl. room, $160 including transfers to the farm, $22 each for dinner):    ph:(56-61) 228712

Day Tour to Torres del Paine($57 each):   (the Hosteria above can arrange this tour or others for you if you’re staying there)

Hosteria Pehoe (double room from $175):   ph:411390

America del Sur Hostel, El Calafate ($10 per person for dorm or $50 for a dbl. room):, Calla Puerto Deseado 151 (02902)493525 (The hostel can arrange tours to Estanica Alice)

Don Pichon Grill & Restaurant, El Calafate, Puerto Deseado 242  ph:492577

Tour to Perito Moreno Glacier through Calafate Hostel ($38 each):

La Posada del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia (dbl. room, $60):  Rivadavia & Gob. Valdez (02901)435062

La Estancia Restaurant, San Martin 253, Ushuaia (02901)431421

©Christina Kay Bolton

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