It was quite a detour to get to the “end of the world” but it was worth it. We made the long journey to Punta Arenas with plans of visiting Torres del Paine and were rewarded with a window of wonderful weather that lasted just long enough for our stay in the park. Back in Punta Arenas we then got a taste of the real Patagonian weather as we were blasted by wind all day during a trip to Tierra del Fuego. One last treat, a visit to Volcano Calbuco that was still spewing smoke and ash when we explored Puerto Montt on our nine-hour layover.

High above the Strait of Magellan in Punta Arenas, Chile.

High above the Strait of Magellan in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Not that far to family in Tampere from Punta Arenas, Chile.

Not that far to family in Tampere from Punta Arenas, Chile.

Punta Arenas, Chile.

Punta Arenas, Chile.

A small parade we happened across on a Sunday morning in Punta Arenas, Chile.

A small parade we happened across on a Sunday morning in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Like a scene from Red Dawn! Punta Arenas, Chile.

Like a scene from Red Dawn! Punta Arenas, Chile.

Magellan's monument in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Magellan’s monument in Punta Arenas, Chile.

The Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Chile.

The Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Chile.

Cat in a cardigan, Punta Arenas, Chile.

Cat in a cardigan, Punta Arenas, Chile.

The cemetery in Punta Arenas is famous for its beauty.

The cemetery in Punta Arenas is famous for its beauty.

Britnee explores the cemetery in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Britnee explores the cemetery in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Puerto Natales, Chile. Our jump-off point for Torres del Paine.

Puerto Natales, Chile. Our jump-off point for Torres del Paine.

Hiking in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Hiking in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Fall colors were vibrant during our time in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Fall colors were vibrant during our time in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Fall colors were vibrant during our time in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Fall colors were vibrant during our time in Torres del Paine, Chile.

The trail steepens as we climb a slope of glacial rubble to Mirador las Torres in Torres del Paine, Chile.

The trail steepens as we climb a slope of glacial rubble to Mirador las Torres in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Mark admiring Torres del Paine, Chile.

Mark admiring Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee (the orange dot) enjoying Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee (the orange dot) enjoying Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee (the orange dot) enjoying Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee (the orange dot) enjoying Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee staying warm in her Cotopaxi fleece in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee staying warm in her Cotopaxi fleece in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Descending in sunshine in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Descending in sunshine in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A tunnel in the colorful trees in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A tunnel in the colorful trees in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Fall colors were vibrant during our time in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Fall colors were vibrant during our time in Torres del Paine, Chile.

The trial mirrors the river as we descend to our refugio in Torres del Paine, Chile.

The trail mirrors the river as we descend to our refugio in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A gaucho and his horses in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A gaucho and his horses in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Torres del Paine, Chile.

Torres del Paine, Chile.

Sunrise on Torres del Paine, Chile.

Sunrise on Torres del Paine, Chile.

Sunrise on Torres del Paine, Chile.

Sunrise on Torres del Paine, Chile.

Transferring to our bus to take us further into the park at Torres del Paine, Chile.

Transferring to our bus to take us further into the park at Torres del Paine, Chile.

Guanacos along a ridge in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Guanacos along a ridge in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Beautiful Torres del Paine, Chile.

Beautiful Torres del Paine, Chile.

Torres del Paine, Chile.

Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee staying warm in her Cotopaxi jacket at sunset in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee staying warm in her Cotopaxi jacket at sunset in Torres del Paine, Chile.

On our way to Glacier Grey, (seen in the distance), in Torres del Paine, Chile.

On our way to Glacier Grey, (seen in the distance), in Torres del Paine, Chile.

On our way to Glacier Grey, (seen in the distance), in Torres del Paine, Chile.

On our way to Glacier Grey, (seen in the distance), in Torres del Paine, Chile.

This beautiful hawk was either sick or tame as it barely moved an inch as we walked right under it on our way to Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

This beautiful hawk was either sick or tame as it barely moved an inch as we walked right under it on our way to Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Refugio Grey, our favorite stop in the park, is seen amongst the trees as we hiked to Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Refugio Grey, our favorite stop in the park, is seen amongst the trees as we hiked to Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A room with a view! The lounge in beautiful Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A room with a view! The lounge in beautiful Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Massive blocks of ice wash up on the shore of Lago Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Massive blocks of ice wash up on the shore of Lago Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee braves the wind for a photo before Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Britnee braves the wind for a photo before Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

A ferry takes passengers close to the towering ice of Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile. The zoom on Britnee's Nikon Coolpix S9700 is amazing!

A ferry takes passengers close to the towering ice of Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile. The zoom on Britnee’s Nikon Coolpix S9700 is amazing!

Lago Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Lago Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

The cosy lounge in Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

The cosy lounge in Refugio Grey in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Sunrise as we make our way back to the ferry in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Sunrise as we make our way back to the ferry in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Wind-swept trees along the trail in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Wind-swept trees along the trail in Torres del Paine, Chile.

Back on the ferry as we sadly headed out of the park at Torres del Paine, Chile.

Back on the ferry as we sadly headed out of the park at Torres del Paine, Chile.

Our bus driver wouldn't stop so this was the closest we got to guanacos during our visit to Torres del Paine, Chile.

Our bus driver wouldn’t stop so this was the closest we got to guanacos during our visit to Torres del Paine, Chile.

Back in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we stayed for a week to get rested and start working on our resumes! The town was pretty quiet at this time of year.

Back in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we stayed for a week to get rested and start working on our resumes! The town was pretty quiet at this time of year.

Back in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we stayed for a week to get rested and start working on our resumes! The town was pretty quiet at this time of year.

Back in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we stayed for a week to get rested and start working on our resumes! The town was pretty quiet at this time of year.

Back in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we stayed for a week to get rested and start working on our resumes! The town was pretty quiet at this time of year.

Back in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we stayed for a week to get rested and start working on our resumes! The town was pretty quiet at this time of year.

Britnee bundles up to stay warm as we were blasted by the cold Patagonian wind while visiting Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Britnee bundles up to stay warm as we were blasted by the cold Patagonian wind while visiting Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Flamingoes on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Flamingoes on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Los pinguinos! The king penguins we came to see on Tierra del Fuego, Chile. . Unfortunately we couldn't get much closer, but good thing Britnee had such a strong zoom lens!

Los pinguinos! The king penguins we came to see on Tierra del Fuego, Chile. . Unfortunately we couldn’t get much closer, but good thing Britnee had such a strong zoom lens!

Thankfully they set up a telescope for us to get a closer look at the beautiful king penguins on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Thankfully they set up a telescope for us to get a closer look at the beautiful king penguins on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

The kin penguins at Pinguino Rey, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Britnee's Nikon Coolpix S9700 is amazing!

The king penguins at Pinguino Rey, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Britnee’s Nikon Coolpix S9700 is amazing!

The kin penguins at Pinguino Rey, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Britnee's Nikon Coolpix S9700 is amazing!

The king penguins at Pinguino Rey, Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Britnee’s Nikon Coolpix S9700 is amazing!

Britnee loving some penguins at Pinguino Rey, Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Britnee loving some penguins at Pinguino Rey, Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

Cerro Sombrero was an interesting stop on our trip to Tierra del Fuego, Chile. It is an oil field service town that was built in the 1950s and is now a little run down. For the short time we were there I enjoyed snapping photos of the aging buildings. Would make a great backdrop for a photo project, hint hint. ;)

We were stranded shortly at the ferry crossing back to the mainland as the high winds continued to howl across Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

We were stranded shortly at the ferry crossing back to the mainland as the high winds continued to howl across Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Trucks line up at the closed ferry crossing on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Trucks line up at the closed ferry crossing on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Finally our the ferry crews got on the water and we were moving after a couple of hours delay on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Finally our the ferry crews got on the water and we were moving after a couple of hours delay on Tierra del Fuego, Chile.

Visiting Nao Victoria in Rio Seco near Punta Arenas, Chile. This is a replica of one of Magellan's ships and the only one of the fleet to circumnavigate the world.

Visiting Nao Victoria in Rio Seco near Punta Arenas, Chile. This is a replica of one of Magellan’s ships and the only one of the fleet to circumnavigate the world.

Visiting Nao Victoria in Rio Seco near Punta Arenas, Chile. This is a replica of one of Magellan's ships and the only one of the fleet to circumnavigate the world.

Visiting Nao Victoria in Rio Seco near Punta Arenas, Chile. This is a replica of one of Magellan’s ships and the only one of the fleet to circumnavigate the world.

Our hostel, Hotal Hain, in Punta Arenas, Chile. Such character in this place and one of my favorite hostels of our entire trip.

Our hostel, Hotal Hain, in Punta Arenas, Chile. Such character in this place and one of my favorite hostels of our entire trip.

Our hostel, Hotal Hain, in Punta Arenas, Chile. Such character in this place and one of my favorite hostels of our entire trip.

Our hostel, Hotal Hain, in Punta Arenas, Chile. Such character in this place and one of my favorite hostels of our entire trip.

We had a nine-hour layover in Puerto Montt, Chile, which allowed us to get a good look at Volcano Calbuco!

We had a nine-hour layover in Puerto Montt, Chile, which allowed us to get a good look at Volcano Calbuco!

Next photo gallery: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

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