Day 240 – Hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park – Day 4 of 5

I woke up this morning and I headed down the hill to the local facilities. While there I found the coolest flusher I have ever seen. It looked like a stick shift. It was basically a pump that when pulled from one side to the other would release the blue liquid 🙂 I returned to camp and as I ate my breakfast I received a visitor. He went right past my campsite about 15 feet from me. I then took off to senda pampa alta, rio pipo, and the rio pipo waterfall. On the return I thought I would stop by the train station that has the  gimickey “end of the world” name. My packed included my camping stove and food provisions so that I could take a proper lunch at the waterfall. The hike up was fairly easy and mostly in the shade. Pretty quickly I was at pampa…

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Day 239 – Hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park – Day 3 of 5

I woke up relatively late knowing I would have a fairly easy day ahead of me. Only about 6 miles in all and not very inclined. I ate breakfast and packed up camp and headed off. I backtracked the way I came in yesterday to get to the senda costera trail head. The trail took you along the water and was somewhat repetitive of the Hito XXIV trail I took on the first day. Most of it was under the cover of trees but there would be openings like the ones below showing beautiful mountains in the background. I don’t know if I am getting anesthetized to the scenery or what but this park was not exactly what I expected. Although beautiful it did not take my breath away like I expected. For the exception of the cerro guanaco, I am finding this park to be quite average in beauty.…

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Day 238 – Hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park – Day 2 of 5

After yesterday’s long day I slept in. That meant that I didn’t get out of camp until about 1pm. I collected some water from this lovely creek for drinking and breakfast. You know your morning coffee is going to be superb when you pour it into your cup and it’s already a light brown BEFORE you add your coffee. I then went to the bathroom facilities at camp and saw these birds. I left my tent and some of my gear behind and left with a light pack. My knees were pretty tender from yesterday so the less weight the better. I hiked all the open trails south of me. This included Mirador Lapataia, Del Turbal, Castorera, and Senda de la Baliza. The trails were pretty short and flat. The Senda de Baliza trail was probably the best of the day. It gave views of the birds as well as…

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Day 237 – Hiking Tierra del Fuego National Park – Day 1 of 5

I left my hostel today to head to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a few days. I stored some of my things in their storage facility and headed to the bus parking area to secure my ride to the park. My shuttle left at 11 and dropped me off at 12 or so. It left me by a paid campsite which I would not be using. Behind it was the trail to Cerro Guanaco, and Hito XXVI that commenced on Lago Roca. I didn’t know that the beginning to the Hito trail was the same as that to Cerro Guanaco, so after several minutes of walking around I decided to see if the trail split off. These are the views from the first section. I wanted to do both trails but I was most excited about Cerro Guanaco because it led to a peak. I eventually found the fork…

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Day 235 & 236 – Resting and figuring out my trajectory

The last two days I have been trying to figure out my trajectory. Finally I made a decision on what I want to do. I want to get to Puerto Williams to hike the dientes mountains, and afterwards take a 30hr boat to Punta Arenas from there. Both of these locations are in Chile. The only transport to Puerto Williams seems to be by way of raft. That means that if winds are high, travel does not happen. There have been many cancellations and there is a backlog of people waiting to go. After seeing the weather forecast and speaking to the gentleman that sells the tickets, I decided that my time would be better spent in the national park than waiting in my hostel. I resupplied on food and prepped my bag to go. Meanwhile Michael was planning another trip to an adjacent valley to the one we had…

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