December 18, 2010
I am getting very excited about hiking for 7 days through Torres del Paine. This is the major reason I came to South America. Will be staying in very expensive Refugios (shelters but essentially a hostel), at least I think. It costs around $50 a night for a bed in an 8 bed dorm without sheets or blankets. (that is extra $12 a night) So I will be renting a sleeping bag for my bed at $3 a night. Food is also about $20 a meal at the refugios so I will carry in as much food as possible. (spaghetti, bread, ham and wine) All the necessities. lol I have heard that the Circuit which involves camping and more days has better views but my camping skills are poor and therefore will still hope for some incredible scenery. Will not have Internet during the trekking but will be back at Esmeralda Hostel on Christmas Eve.
Arrived at hostel and found out there is no kitchen access so all of the spaghetti sauce and noodles in my backpack are useless. Have enough sandwich meat and bread for 2 days and then will start having to buy lunch ($14) and dinner ($17). A diet coke is $3 and Snickers is $4. Luckily I brought cookies and cake which I will eat for breakfast each day. Probably would have been cheaper camping but I am not the greatest outdoorsman. lol