December 17, 2010
Just arrived in Puerto Natales, Chile which is the staging point for hiking the W Circuit in Torres del Paiine whiich is supposed to be the most beautiful hiking in Patagonia. I am staying at Hostel Esmeralda which is a family run hostel which is worn but well kept and the least expensive in the area. I leave tomorrow for 6 nights and 7 days in Torres del Paine. The hostels are so expensive in the national park, $50 for a bed in an 8 bed dorm without sheets and blanket. (That is an extra $12 a night) I have opted to rent a sleeping bag for my dorm bed at $3 a day. I am also carrying in my food, spaghetti, bread and wine. All the essentials. Will not have internet so will post again when I return on December 24th. I asked about getting food on my return for Christmas but was advised that I will be eating with Crisobal and his family for Christmas. You meet great people when traveling who always make you feel at home. Having fun but missing the family. Love to all.