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In Puerto Natales it’s all about the Torres del Paine National Park a few hours down the road. It seems that everyone coming through this part of Chile whether they are into hiking or not, are convinced to hire the necessary gear and take off into the park to walk the `W´ for at least 4 days. Luckily the influx of tourists hasn´t changed the little towns character too dramatically. It seems to have retained a sleepy and slightly run down charm, with the addition of  numeros little  hospadajes dotted through the town centre.

We had a little old lady with a stylish hat- Melinda-  meet us at the bus stop when we arrived at 9pm. Collecting five tired and slightly confused backpackers she promptly led us to her humble abode, while her wirery husband took care of the bags. It was the cheapest place we´d had out of Buenos Aires, and by far the best. Free internet (that worked), a room with a TV, kitchen access, a great breakfast yoghurt, bread and either ham, cheese or jam, and the usual nescafe or tea (such a spread is unheard of in these parts where its dangerous to  expect anything more than untoasted day old bread). And at 5000 chilean pesos each ($10), it was a bargain.  Adam still compares every new hostel to  Hospadaje Medlinda´s!

We were keen to set off the next morning on the first bus to the national park, so ran around and found all the necessary items.  The next morning I woke to the yells of the bus driver at dawn, wondering where his passengers were.  Adam rather sleepily explained that we had overslept and organised a pick for the same time the next day.

So, we had an extra relaxed day to finish our preparations. We found some lovely matching bright blue water proof pants,  and explored the culinary delights of Puerto Natales- excellent empanadads, and wood fired pizza that was nearly normal.


One Comment

  1. If I thought I would ever hear of the day when Jackaroo would oversleep before going on a hike….

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