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I spent almost 4 weeks in South America to visit Patagonia from North to South. With TAM I flew from Frankfurt to Rio de Janeiro and stayed some days there. Instead of lying at the beach I did a Jungle Hiking Tour to the biggest urban forest in the world. Of course I also visited the Christ Redeemer and Sugarloaf. After 3 days I flew with Pluna via Montevideo to Santiago de Chile. I arrived a little late and did not really have time to visit the city. Just a short look into the main square. The next morning the Overland Tour with Kumuka (went bankruptcy some month later) started. A long drive took us down to Pucon at a nice lake and the Vulcan Villarica. Here we celebrated New Years eve. On a dirt road we crossed into Argentina and drove to Bariloche. Close to the city a volcano has erupted earlier the same year. The air was still not clean and at some places the ash looked like snow. Bariloche is famous for all the chocolate stores. It is really good! I did some swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, cycling… From Bariloche we drove back into Chile and further to Puerto Montt onto the Navimag Ferry. This is the only connection without crossing the border to get to South Chile. The ferry trip took 4 days with some scenic stops (glacier) and one time we got on shore for a short time (Puerto Eden). Funny trip, especially we were in the lowest cabin category. My bed with a curtain was at an open floor. In Puerto Natales we learned that Torres del Paine was closed due to a fire. We camped at the South Entrance of the park and had to take the looong way around to get to the North Entrance. Here a little bit of the park was open. Sadly my stomach made a lot of problems and I could not go hiking. The next day we crossed the border to get to Fitz Roy (El Chalten). Here we had some amazing days. The weather was beautiful and the sky perfectly blue. From El Chalten we drove to El Calafate to see the world famous Perito Moreno glacier. A long drive got us back into Chile and further to Puntas Arenas. We visited a Penguin Colony on the way. Next day we drove down all the way to Ushuaia. We crossed the Magellan Strait with a little ferry and a long dirt road followed until we reached the Argentinian Border. We crossed the Andes for the last time before reaching Ushuaia the gate to the Antarctica. Here I did a very nice boat tour in the Beagle Channel. From Ushuaia I flew to Buenos Aires where I stayed another 3 nights before heading back to Germany.

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