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Roadtrip: Peru and Chile

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Here's where we're heading next, after three-and-a-half months in lovely Cusco, Perú. It's been wonderful here, and we'll post a full recap of things we loved, didn't like too much, etc., but now we're getting ready to pack up our bags again and hit the road.

Here's a quick overview:

We are heading by bus from Cusco to Puno for some kayaking on Lake Titicaca. From there, we head to Arequipa and a visit to Colca Canyon to see the majestic Peruvian condors. Then we make a break south for the border, crossing into Chile at Tacna/Arica. Once in Chile, we are going to be staying with some Couchsurfing contacts as we work our way down the coast, with a stop in San Pedro de Atacama to visit the Atacama Desert - the driest in the world and also one of the most scenic.. Then some more busses, and we get to Santiago on Halloween.

A quick day or two in Santiago to allow us to regroup and repack for our trip to Patagonia, and then we fly to Puerto Montt, and get on the Navimag ferry Evangalistas for 4 days heading down through the glaciers and fjords of Chile. When we arrive in Puerto Natales we will do some exploring of the Torres del Paine National Park for about a week (working on the exact specifics now).

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Patagonia offers us an impressive menu of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The hard part is deciding how to make the most of our six short days! November is late Spring in Southern Chile, so we expect to feel right at home with Seattle-like weather (a.k.a. anything goes). Parque National Torres del Paine is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to one of the most impressive mountain and glacial areas on earth. We plan to stay in some refugios in the park, hike, and soak in the beautiful landscape. Our visit could also include hiking the "W Circuit" which includes Torres del Paine Base, Nordenskjold Lake, Cuernos del Paine, the French Glacier, Paine Grande, Grey Lake, Paine and Pudeto.

When we are done exploring Torres del Paine (at least in the time that we have - I'm sure we could spend longer), we will go down to Punta Arenas to catch a flight back to Puerto Montt.

We will spend just under a week on the mystical island of Chiloé, where we can experience an older way of life with traditional foods, local customs, and an amazing natural environment. Although we have yet to decide on our specific itinerary on the island, it is sure to involve a bit of kayaking, hiking, and general appreciation of this unique place.
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After a return ferry ride from Chiloé, we will do some more exploring of Valdivia and the surrounding areas, including historic Spanish Forts, German beer, and beautiful ocean views. We may rent bikes and explore or just enjoy a break from hiking.
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Finally, we fly back to Santiago for some time with Juanchi and his family. We will explore Santiago and Valparaiso and maybe even get some time at the beach, before we have to pack up again and leave South America for good as we head across the Pacific on 1-Dec.
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Lot's of adventures to come in the next two months, and we will do our best to take lots of pictures and post stories of our experiences! Let us know if you want more details of our itinerary - we will be covering more than 4200 miles in the next 2 months!

Posted by noahv 07:50 Archived in Peru Tagged itinerary rtw planning

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Aside from heading to Torres del Paine, which I saved for another trip, I pretty much took your trip about 10 years ago. Although I started in Chile and hit most of the highlights on your list (not Pucon? That is a great little town, I highly recommend it). Loved Arequipa and the Colca Canyon too. Sigh, what a great time you are going to have!! Enjoy!

by Anne

Holy travel action, Batman! It all sounds so amazing - I can't wait to experience it all vicariously.... Make sure you take your "down" time to just pause and let your brains absorb all the new wonder. You guys are really DOING IT! Rock on!

by Emily

Most awesome! Your upcoming Patagonia experience will be one I want to relive through you (that is, before I go!).....or I'll just meet you there!

by Lisa

Hi Anne! Had the first Make Ahead Mamas of the year this week and thought of you! LOVE THE BLOG!!! Such an adventure. Motivating to me. XOXOXO

by Lorie Bettelyoun

Well, we all hope you will enjoy your trip in Chile. We are waiting for you to came home and give you same days of rest during this hard itinerary you are having. Till halloween.
Juanchi's father

by Renato Gaona

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