Sunday, March 11, 2007

Chile, January 2007

I am going to start filling in a few blanks of my recent trip to Chile with photos and commentary. I began some post while I was in Chile here. The next few posts will fill take off from there. I will begin with a photo of a waterfowl taken at the hotel pool in Santaigo.

We also did a quick tour of Santiago on Sunday January 15th. I always have enjoyed the ornate stonework on a number of the buildings in Santiago. This was taken across the street from the Presidential Palace.

All of the 17 guests that will be going with me to Torres Del Paine National Park arrived this morning and joined the city tour. That evening we have a wonderful dinner at the hotel where we discussed my expectations for the tour (for them to enjoy themselves) and also what they expected for the next few days.
The following morning, January 16, we were up early and on our way to the airport for the next leg of our trip. We boarded a commercial LAN flight to Punta Arenas with a short stop in Puerto Montt. We arrived in Punta Arenas and it was blowing (imagine that!) and we boarded our bus for a drive to Puerto Natales, where we would spend the night.

That night we had another great dinner at the hotel and this photo shows most of us gathered around the table with some good Chilean wine waiting for our dinner.

The weather reports did not look good and the next morning had me fearing that we would spend the next 3 days in rainy windy misery at Torres. It was a overcast and windy with brief rain showers during a quick walk along the waterfront. By the time we started into the park however the clouds were beginning to break and we could see sunlight on the mountains (and actually see the mountains themselves!) This photo is an Austral Thrush taken on a walk near the hosteria Las Torres in the park.

This Black-faced Ibis was photographed on the same walk.

By the time we got into the park it had cleared up and was mostly sunny but the wind was still very evident

This is a composite photo of Las Torres, the hotel we stayed at while in the park. More soon.

No comments: