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Meredith’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 10 Mar 2007

Location: Torres del Paine, Chile

MapUnder Southern Skies

Most people hike what is known as the "W" circuit in Torres del Paine National Park. I hiked something more like a "V".

In three days I camped at 1000 metres, listened to the glacier in Valley Frances breaking apart, traversed three lakes and saw the famous Torres. It is picture perfect postcard scenery and deservedly known as one of the most amazing places to hike in the world.

The scenery was breath taking but so was my pack. That dreaded morchilla that has been tailing my every move for 3 months decided to come tramping too. Somehow when you are far from home and in a travelling frame of mind, hiking with a fit german skier and carrying four days food and half a tent seems like a good idea.

So now I´m in Puerto Natales (300 km north of Punta Arenas) recovering beneath the Southern Cross and carbo loading for the next foray into the Park.