We are back in Punta Arenas. The city where our Patagonia trip began just two weeks ago. With some time reserve in our luggage we want to visit the famous penguin colonies on the Isla Magdalena.
I have not arrived yet. But for five days now, I'm sitting in trains, planes and buses with Christian. Here and there a taxi, a metro and a little walk. Only the boating is not yet succeeded. Our destination is still exactly two days away: El Chaltén.
Somehow crazy to see that everything a small family needs to live in fits in a single backpack and some plastic bags. Trekking as a family in Patagonia.
The combination of sandboarding and photography is an art in itself. Bringing them under one hat saves a lot of trouble.
The Carretera Austral is perhaps the most exciting street in the world. And who gets the chance to travel here, please do it here only with the thumb in the air and a friendly mind.
It is a beautiful day in Valparaíso and the walk through the hilly, charming harbor town can begin. The lifts are whirring, the boats in the harbor are shaking and in the city young people are gathering for a street party - almost. The Explorer Paradise invites.
In the scenic Valle de Elqui, time seems to be standing still in many places. Calm and serenity trumps this part of Chile. Pure relaxation. But the valley, which has made a name for itself with the cultivation of grapes for pisco and wine production throughout the country, offers its visitors even more: numerous hiking opportunities, starry nights and the friendliest people we met on our trip through Chile to have.
I take turns drinking Kunstmann beer and Pisco Sour to reconcile jet lag and culture shock. Later the pololo / friend of Lisa joins me, who recommends the book Santiago Bizarro by Sergio Paz to me. Santiago is an invisible city, he says, which can only be opened up with much patience and would take on the shape of a progressive puzzle game.
... reads the blurb to Pablo Neruda's memoir, the world-famous Chilean poet. After ten days of intense travel to his homeland, I can not help but summarize my experience under this same title. Gracias Pablo and Gracias Turismo Chile and to the LATAM Airlines Group that I made it slightly drunk and unscathed in the Andean Republic.
In the middle of the Atacama desert is San Pedro de Atacama. Described by many travel guides as an Eldorado for backpackers, the desert oasis town is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding bizarre, beautiful scenery. Whether the Valle de la Luna with bizarre rock formations, water-spouting geysers or deep blue-sparkling Altiplanoseen - nature lovers get their money's worth in the driest desert in the world. We too were inspired by the impressive landscape for a few days.