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Fuegan Lamb. . . What Dreams Are Made Of. . . February 10, 2007

Posted by Jason in Chile, culture, Patagonia, South America, Travel.

Following our “interesting” cabin adventure on our ferry ride from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas and the Magallenic Penguins, we headed off again on a 3 hour journey to Puerto Natales.  Punta Arenas was ok but pretty characterless. And the weather is still decidedly chilly!   

We arrived in the town of Puerto Natales, a rustic town in Chilean Patagonia, “The gateway to Torres Del Paine”.

We were lucky in that we did not book accomodation(as usual!) and were collared by a landlady when we got off the bus and she agreed to drive us to her Hospedaje – Hospedaje Milodon at Pasaje Milodon 1425 (61) – 410480.

We were pleasantly suprised as we found this a wonderful place to stay and the people who ran it were so friendly.  Only $5,000 chilean (5 pounds or 10 dollars) each a night in a double with breakfast.  Excellent value.  I would recommend this place to anyone.

Natales is rustic and picturesque and has a nice feel to it.  Quite a relaxed place to be and beautiful views at the lake side (if it isn´t raining!).  You can see the edge of the southern ice cap of Patagonia (Hielo Del Sur) from here, with glaciers sweeping down from the mountains.  We were lucky to have one tranquil day here where we could see the mountains and the wind finally subsided for a day and the lake was totally still.  Absolutely beautiful, picture postcard stuff.

The local beers were excellent and after whetting our appetites in “The Dining Room” we found a fantastic Asado Parilla restaurant called “Le Asado Patagonicas” in the main Plaza.  The amount of meat that we received was unbelievable and cooked to perfection.  By far the best Parilla we have found in Chile.  Although the service was somewhat “sketchy”!, the standard of the meal was superb.  We had Cordero (lamb) barbecued in the traditional Patagonian way.

However, only a few days rest here as we head off to Torres Del Paine for a 10 day trek on the Grande Circuit.  Can´t wait to be pounding those feet again! 



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