Tourist Hell Pain
Trip Start Oct 29, 2003
117Trip End Ongoing
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Puerto Natales is the main base for the hiking mecca of the Torres del Paine National Park. In season I imagine the town to be buzzing with people either setting out for or returning from the wildly popular three day trek to see the towers. This being low season it was much quieter. And wetter.
I went for a walk in the cold rain reflecting on how much I enjoyed the boat trip
He asked me about the cricket world cup so I jumped on the internet so get the news from the last few days and also to check the weather forecast for the park. I don't know what was worse: England's performance or the scheduled rain and wind. As I was reading in walked Lesbian Jo, last seen in Bariloche the week before. Another complete conincidence, she had just come back from a day trip to the park while she had seen nothing but rain and clouds while getting frozen. French Franck was still trying to convince me to join him in a three day hike but I decided to take a chance on tomorrow's weather and booked a one-day guided tour instead.
Crammed into a minibus with a few boat people - including Dolly and Ernie whose clicking dentures were telling the English people how he once lived in London in 1956-9 for only five guineas a week - we set off through the rain in the darkness
Back at Puerto Natales I decided there was no need to stay. The town had a hungover air about it following the busy summer season so the next day I took a bus with Jo a few hours north to the town of El Calafate across the border in Argentina. There were two things I want to do there: teach the locals how to play football without using their hands, and to go and see some big-ass glaciars.