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kiwi_surfer
post Sep 25 2009, 06:36 PM
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Kiaora all

I've given myself 5 weeks to get from BA to Santiago via Patagonia. Is 5 weeks enough time?

I will be leaving BA around mid Feb.

there is so much information out their...its doing my head in....

Im going to travel via bus/hitch and stay in hostels maybe even in a tent(i have a basic military one with no floor or sides.....). I want to hike(trek) as much as possible.

I want to see the best of what Patagonia can offer including Torres del Paine( to do a trek called the W) , most of the glaciers around the lake district like perito moreno, Mt fitzroy(cant even describe how much i want to absorb this beaty), and the wildlife.

!!!!!! cant wait!!!!!

Maybe i can take a boat through Chile's crazy little islands?

anything else?

5 week itinerary form BA to Santiago... what would u do if u are the active type of person?

Ive read lonely planet and all the topics in this Argentina forum and i still feel lost.


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post Sep 26 2009, 04:04 PM
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If nothing else I would get to Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego to say I've been in the southernmost city in the world.

Also I'm sure you have included the Valdez Peninsula in your itinerary.

As far as sailing through the Chilean canals (fjords), that's easier said than done, though there is one ferry service called Navimag. It runs from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt.


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kiwi_surfer
post Sep 27 2009, 12:10 AM
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cool, thanks for the info mmbcross and echterling ,you have given me more things to research,

i would love to climb one day, however there are allot of things in life that i want to do... the list seems to be never ending.


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post Oct 4 2009, 07:44 PM
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It'll be tight but doable.

The W is AMAZING! The full trek takes about 5 days I think.

Be sure to stop also in El Calafate to see the Moreno Glacier, and splurge to go ice hiking on it - it's awesome!

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post Oct 5 2009, 02:28 AM
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Ice hiking sounds very interesting,

but i dont think im keen on splurging.. 9 months of traveling might quickly turn to 8 or worse if i splurge to much sad.gif


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post Nov 24 2009, 05:55 PM
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QUOTE(kiwi_surfer @ Oct 5 2009, 07:28 AM) *

Ice hiking sounds very interesting,

but i dont think im keen on splurging.. 9 months of traveling might quickly turn to 8 or worse if i splurge to much sad.gif



Of course pick and choose where you spend your money, but out of 6 months of travel down there, this was a definite high light! smile.gif
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post Nov 24 2009, 06:30 PM
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QUOTE(andrea @ Nov 24 2009, 05:55 PM) *

QUOTE(kiwi_surfer @ Oct 5 2009, 07:28 AM) *

Ice hiking sounds very interesting,

but i dont think im keen on splurging.. 9 months of traveling might quickly turn to 8 or worse if i splurge to much sad.gif



Of course pick and choose where you spend your money, but out of 6 months of travel down there, this was a definite high light! smile.gif


Well if it was that good.... do you remember how much it was?


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post Dec 4 2009, 06:33 PM
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For 5 weeks I would suggest you doing the simple route, taking a bus from Bs As to:
*Puerto Madryn(Peninsula de Valdez)
*Puerto Deseado(all the marine life)
*Ushuaia(cool place to go to)
*El calafate(Perito moreno, try to stay at the Marcopolo Inn hostel, it looks brand new and is very very clean, plus its on a wee hill and has these massive windows from the common room facing the Lago Argentino)
*El Chalten(Fitzroy is one of the most amazing things Ive ever seen
*Torres del Paine
*Esquel(try to take the bus that goes up the Ruta 40 from Calafate, make sure to visit the Parque Nacional los Alerces, I lived in Esquel for 1 year and really got attached to the place)
*Bariloche(dont stay too long, that place will dry you out of cash quick)
*Puerto Montt(there are quite a few buses daily between Bariloche and Puerto Montt)
*Chiloe(try not to miss Chiloe, its a short ride from Puerto Montt, such a beautiful island, specially when it hasnt rained much)
*I dont know much after that, just make your way up to Santiago, Im sure someone will suggest you going to Valparaiso or Vina del Mar.

Youll love patagonia! have fun
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post Dec 4 2009, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for the advice bro, much appriciated


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