Oct 31. Exploring Chile’s past

Four wonderful happenings today in Santiago. We went to the human rights memorial museum which tells the story of the Pinochet coup, the years of terror and then the resoring of democracy. The museum is new and the exhibits world class. During the bad times it was amazing that the people kept protesting, the leaders would be tortured and disappeared but new leaders would emerge. … Continue reading Oct 31. Exploring Chile’s past

Oct 29th moving on to Punto Arenas

After another yummy Swiss breakfast with homemade wholemeal bread (and cake for guess who) we wander off to the bus starion with light packs and then travel south for 3 hours to Punta Arenas from where we fly back to Santiago tomorrow.  This is our last bus trip  in SA; the buses have been excellent almost all clean, lots of leg room, full reclining seats … Continue reading Oct 29th moving on to Punto Arenas

Oct 27. Day seven gives us a great view of the rocky spires at dawn

Restless night sleeping in our clothes waiting for alarm to go off at 5am. After a quick gulp of the fizzy strawberry juice we are away in the dark up the track to the Torres, or rocky towers, after which this national park is named. The rocky path was reasonably well marked but still quite hard to follow, and fortunately not the 45 degrees of … Continue reading Oct 27. Day seven gives us a great view of the rocky spires at dawn

Oct 26. Day six provides fizzy strawberry juice

As usual I start the night feeling immensely cold and covering myself in down jacket and woollens. By morning I am OK helped by a warmer morning – the first cloudy day of the trip. We had expected a well stocked shop at the refugio but this one has no dinner fare, except wine. With a bit of sweet talking, we buy chicken and rice … Continue reading Oct 26. Day six provides fizzy strawberry juice