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We toured Patagonia from north to south starting
in Argentina and ending in South Chile.
Los Glaciers National Park in Argentina is
breathtakingly beautiful. The Glaciers were
awesome! There is no doubt that beholding
the glaciers is one of the most dazzling
experiences on Earth. The light waves on
the compressed ice provides a display of
varying depths of blue. We saw the glaciers
close up from a ship and we also trekked
on the great Perito Moreno glacier wearing
clampons on our boots.
Torres del Paine in southern Chile is a spectacular
park and one of the most beautiful, unspoiled
and remote places on earth.
Despite it being summer it was cold!
Cloud lingered over the mountains and glaciers.
Away from the glaciers it was mainly blue
skies but the wind was bitterly cold meaning
that hats, gloves and scarves were necessary
attire. Easter Island
Easter Island is one of the most isolated
islands on Earth with a 5 hour flight to
get there from mainland Chile. Early settlers
called the island "Te Pito O Te Henua"
(Navel of The World).
It is most famous for its enigmatic giant
stone statues - Moai. Built centuries ago,
these reflect the history of the dramatic
rise and fall of the most isolated Polynesian
culture. Their destruction and the loss of
the population was due to the remoteness,
overpopulation, deforestation and tribal
rivalry. A lesson to be learnt by the rest
of the World!
It was very hot, 32C and and very dusty with
only 2 decent roads. There is no evidence
of a sustainable tree planting scheme. The
only forested area is in the centre of the
island. Just about everything except fish