05 march Puerto Natales (CHILE)

In Puerto Natales is heavily raining!
Our tactical backpack is ready again, the desire to conquer our first Chilean summit is great...

Although a bit demoralized by the weather we decide to go anyway.
Three hours later we are at the beginning of the path ... A shy sun encourages us ... we try ...
The route starts immediately uphill and we take almost an hour to cover the first 1,200 meters, it is so hard...
Roscio immediately appears in trouble but he gets up right away ... We continue along a narrow road overlooking a cliff, unprotected and with a strong wind that worries us a little bit...

The sound of our water bottle marks the rhythm of my footsteps ... We go into the woods, sometimes crossing canals and streams ...
Here is the first refuge ...
We relax a little bit but again soon ...

We climb, descend, meet people who've been there the night before ... the clock strikes three hours' walk when we come to a fork ...

Right for 45 minutes uphill to the summit, turn right for 300 meters last refuge ...

It starts raining, the gray clouds are becoming more threatening and the impetuous wind literally slaps us ...
we decide to turn right, better not to get sick ... but we are satisfied all the same.

Sheltered from the wind we try to catch up on some more energy, we drink a bit of water, eat a chocolate bar and run off in the opposite direction ...

06 march Puerto Natales (CHILE)

After all this nature, after the green forests, blue sea, mountains and sky: here we are again surrounded by gray urban ...

I felt as a fish just released in the water after a long time... with the itch to run around between the city traffic, between the people who were going to their office or kids with their little uniform coming out of school ...

After the initial excitement of being back in our natural habitat, after the shopping trip in the central square dominated by a huge statue of the famous navigator Magellan with two Indians, mixed with American tourists from cruise ships that stop here are, delicious cheese empanadas in a kiosk along the main street, and an apple juice in the old bar "1900" where two fat carabeneros were photographed posing by U.S. old ladies with their digital cameras ...


Wandering around the city we meet Alessandra, Pina and Rossana with our same puzzled expression...
The Lonely Planet suggests anything exciting then board a taxi we decide to visit the "free zone" that, as the old taxi driver explaines us, it was created to help these poor Chileans who live in the last land: the end of the world ...

 

07 march Punta Arenas (CHILE)

We are on a bus heading to Ushuaia, on the road for seven hours and we will have another 4 or 5 more.

Through the Strait of Magellan, with dolphins who were greeting us following the wake of our ferry, it was exciting because it immediately sparked my imagination making me think about the galleons of old navigators / explorers who landed here centuries ago in search of luck ...

We have just left the last frontier of Chile. Good luck, "long" Chile, I hope you will recover soon from this grave tragedy...

We are now in Tierra del Fuego, in Argentina we are again ready to live as the best we can these last days full of adventures...

 

 

08 march Ushuaia (ARGENTINA)

The most southern city of the entire world!
Here they talk about Antarctica as we talk about about Tunisia... as something a bit obvious to the south ...


Our catamaran is sailing the waters of the Beagle Channel....

Suddenly a large white-black rock appears... one side was populated by cormorants and, as a huge airport, they were taking off and landing all the times, I used this comparison not by chance because their glide was very similar to the aircraft ...


The other side, more awkward and funny, was populated by seals and sea lions that, like in a great pub, were doing a lot of noises...
They are running, mocking each other, quarreling... it's really fun to watch ...

I am enchanted before their tender sympathy: the penguins!
Two very different species: the Magellanic penguins and the Easter one... there is who dives into the water and comes out a bit later somewhere else, they remind me of the movie "Mary Poppins", who was impaled almost like a statue doing something, who walking calmly with that going clumsy that only them have...

All in impeccable dress!

In the evening we enjoy a wonderful "cazuela de mariscos" a la Casa de los Mariscos!

 

 

09 march Ushuaia (ARGENTINA)

[Alessandra Gallo from Rome]: "How many days have passed? 17, 18? Well, they are flown. Good sign. Desire to pull the plug out, curiosity, thirst for new places, we were gratified by the nature that once again responds to our desire to discover new continents giving us glaciers that break with the sound of thunder or endless barren lands rich in charm, and voids ever conceived. Huge lakes that change color according to the water temperature, depth, light, or what it reflects on it. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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