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Travels in Patagonia!

Here are some photographs from my journey around Patagonia in 2005. I travelled around the area for over three weeks - the first four days on my own and then with a small group. - Clare.

 
Valdes Peninsula

Valdes Peninsula

Sea Lions [Photo: Clare]
More Sea Lions [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Elephant Seals [Photo: Clare]
A Magellan Penguin! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Another Penguin - one of a million in the colony! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Dolphins [Photo: Clare]
 
Comodoro Rivadavia

Comodoro Rivadavia

Hour after hour after hour on the pubic bus! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Caleta Olivia - the holiday village for the residents Comodoro Rivadavia. [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Heading inland [Photo: Clare]
Normal pit stop every couple of hours to clear the dust and gravel [Photo: Clare]
Cave of Hands [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
The most bizzare clouds in the world - like space ships. All lenticular but with no mountains. [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Finally stopped by a seized break pad! Help did arrive out of nowhere and very quickly too. [Photo: Clare]
 
El ChaltÚn and Los Glaciares National Park

El ChaltÚn and Los Glaciares National Park

El ChaltÚn and Los Glaciares National Park [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Out of the endless howling gale at last!!! [Photo: Clare]
Slight afternoon breeze picking out the water from the lake!!! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Cerro Torre [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Largo Los Tres [Photo: Clare]
All the main peaks - incredible weather all the time - most unusual [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Refuge of Cesare Maestri who was the first to climb Cerro Torre [Photo: Clare]
The British version!! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Cero Solo [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Off for afternoon tea at the Madsen’s! Madsen (Danish) was one of the first to settle in this wild land (about 1915) and now his house is being restored. How the original colonists survived makes amazing reading. [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
The original stove [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
The cemetary where Madsen burried his family [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
A stop for coffee after being shaken to death on the gravel road - this was another public bus trip - one of the better ones. A very tame guanaco. [Photo: Clare]
 
El Calafate

El Calafate

The Perito Moreno Glacier - two miles across the snout and moving at 2m a day! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
 
Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Into Chile and the Torres del Paine National Park - in mid Febraury 2005 it suffered a huge fire started by a Cech tourist who dropped a gas cannister. 15,000 were destroyed. The winds are ceaseless (Force 10-11 in the summer) and it was also very hot which meant everything was tinder dry. [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Going by catamaran to a different part of the park [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Again incredibly lucky with the weather and all the main peaks could be seen. Some very tough walking in this park. [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Catamaran coming to collect the tourists! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
 
Moving further south in Chile

Moving further south in Chile

Border crossing Chile Argentina - stopped to deposit an errant yank (that’s another story in itself!) [Photo: Clare]
Chilean Magellen penguins [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Acquired a few more punters for the last week of the trip - numbers went from 6 to 16. [Photo: Clare]
Sea front - Punta Arenas. Not an ice cream stall in sight - actually, not a lot in sight!! A very surreal place! [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Des Res on the sea front at Punta Arenas - the camera makes the paintwork look wonderful - which is wasn’t! [Photo: Clare]
The main contenders [Photo: Clare]
The Italian Connection [Photo: Clare]
 
Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

Telling happless tourists this is the Magellan Straits [Photo: Clare]
Javier the gaucho setting off to Tierra del Fuego to look for work with his two horses and half dozen dogs [Photo: Clare]
Ferry queue - just like home [Photo: Clare]
Xavier [Photo: Clare]
The ferry doing an incredible job in the force 11 gale [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Tierra del Fuego ferry slip [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Gauchos rounding up sheep [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Crossing back into Argentina [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
The most profitable estancia in Patagonia [Photo: Clare]
Rio Grande - fishing capital of Patagonia and some very tasty pizza. [Photo: Clare]
Estancia Jose Menendez - the biggest estancia in Patagonia and location of some very dodgy rebellions in the 1920’s [Photo: Clare]
Shots of the biggest sheering shed in Argentina [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
 
Southern Tierra del Fuego

Southern Tierra del Fuego

Southern Tierra del Fuego [Photo: Clare]
Accommodation just outside Ushuaia [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Ana Paula - our wonderful Argentinean guide [Photo: Clare]
Downtown Ushuaia [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
This tug was involved in a very complicated rescue in the 30’s and gave up the ghost afterwards [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Famous sign post in Ushuaia main street [Photo: Clare]
The Nord Norge full of punters for the Pole - one of Norway’s post ships down south doing tourist duty [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Ushuaia from the sea [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Magellan penguins [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
Guano covered rock [Photo: Clare]
The most southerly lighthouse in the world [Photo: Clare]
If you use your imagination can discern a slight hollow - this was a shelter for the Indians when they had to come on to land. If the sea got too rough the nomadic groups left their kayaks and got out of the gale. These Indians lived permanently in their kayacs and ate raw sea food. They carried fire in the kayac in a box. The last Indian died just 50 years ago. There were four tribes in this part of Patagonia. [Photo: Clare]
[Photo: Clare]
 
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