Mar
9

“It never rains in Puerto Madryn”

“It never rains in Puerto Madryn”, that’s what they told me. The winds may be blaring, but the sky will rarely open up to deliver its drops of water. “In Buenos Aires they can get as much rain in one day as we get in a whole year”, they said. And then the sky opened, […]

Mar
7

The desolate clowns of Chaitén

We were going hiking, that was the plan. The National park near the town of Chaitén was supposed to be gorgeous. The hikes beautiful. There was only one problem; we couldn’t do any day hikes there as there was only one bus a day to the park. We could go there, but we wouldn’t be […]

Mar
5

Diving with the puppies of the sea

“Are you guys going diving as well?” I asked the couple in the Scuba Duba diving shop in Puerto Madryn as we were given our wetsuits. I had seen them filling out the same form as me when they got in and figured they wouldn’t need to do that if they were just going snorkeling. […]

Feb
22

Snaps from a beach – Chilling out in Puerto Madryn

I had two goals, and two goals only for Puerto Madryn. First; get rid of my cold, second; go diving (I didn’t want a repeat of the blocked ears I got last year when I scuba-dived with a slight cold in Thailand). Puerto Madryn turned out to be the perfect spot for just that – […]

Feb
22

El Chaltén and Mount Fitz Roy

We had been waiting for almost an hour when the golden morning rays first hit the mountains, making them literally glow. The Fitz Roy ranged looked almost surreal, rising above the little town of El Chaltén in its red and pinkish coats. It was beautiful and well worth the getting up early, walking for about […]

Feb
16

Textures of the Perito Moreno glacier

The first thing that hits you when you catch a glimpse of the Perito Moreno glacier is its size. Even though you can’t fathom how big it really is, as you have nothing to properly compare it with, you see that it’s huge, it’s gigantic. It’s stretching on endlessly into the horizon where it meets […]

Feb
15

The clown of the Perito Moreno glacier

I wait until there is no one else on the viewing deck – one placed at a dead end, and not one of the main ones, I think, hopefully not too many people will venture out here – before I start to put on my clown make-up. Two eastern European guys take forever, waiting for […]

Feb
13

Walking the W in Torres del Paine pt.1 – The tail

The yellow grass rustles in the wind. It moves around with waving motions – first one direction, then the other. It lets itself being swept around without putting up any resistance. The strong sun is shining down on us from a blue, cloud-dotted, sky. The mighty mountains of the Cordillera del Paine shoot up in […]

Feb
12

Eating lamb – Patagonian style

The lamb has been grilling for many, many hours, cooking slowly over the open fire in the backyard of my hostel in Puerto Natales. Omar, the eccentric hostel owner cuts off a piece and hands it over to one of the American girls that have just entered into the chilly evening. The summer days are […]

Feb
8

Snaps from Puerto Natales

Small quaint houses painted in all the colors of the rainbow, packs of street dogs roaming the streets. Puerto Natales used to be a quiet little Patagonian city, and if it hadn’t been for the spectacular Torres del Paine national park just nearby, it probably would have remained so. It’s still quite quiet, it’s still […]