Torres del Paine

Trip Start Jan 09, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2005

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Having now decided that we want to try to be in Bolivia by April our journey north has gained a lot more momentum. But, then again, this is not the only reason that we didnīt attempt to spend more time in Torres del Paine National Park.
We did consider trekking and camping in the park for the 3 or 4 days that it takes to complete the īwīcircuit, however, after spending one day in there getting battered by the wind we did not regret our decision. Seriously, it was like a dream I have sometimes where Iīm trying to run but my whole body feels like itīs made of lead and I canīt pick my feet up off the ground, the wind was that strong. Donīt get me wrong, the park is beautiful. It looks like some kind of bizarre wonderland with itīs creamy turquoise lakes and dark towers looming all around you. Iīm really glad I got to see it and was full of admiration for the people we met who were going camping in there. I just hope their tents didnīt get blown away in the middle of the night.
I must tell you about the crazy family who ran the hostel we stayed in. They were a sort of a mix between the Swiss Family Robinson and Fawlty Towers. From the mixed up teenage daughter, that they get to pick people up from the bus stop and who doesnīt stop talking till she runs out of breath (and who likes to warn people when she meets them that a person gets killed every week here. Er, do you want us to stay or what?), to the Dad who looks and sounds like heīs got the weight of the world on his shoulders. Between their arguments-her threatening to leave, his telling her to blinking well go then-the daughterīs younger clone running around destroying all the Dadīs stuff, and then the Dad trying to sell us his tours and preparing for the arrival of a large group of people (painting doors and even removing the slugs from the bathroom walls) this alone provided a lot of good comedy value in what is effectively quite a godforsaken town whose only redeeming feature is itīs proximity to the park.
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