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

PATAGONIA PHOTO GALLERY

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...
Volcano Calbuco eruption 2015

A SURPRISE VISIT TO VOLCANO CALBUCO

Seeing an active volcano was never on our to-do list. So imagine our surprise when Volcano Calbuco erupted while we were in Chile. Mark and I first heard about the volcano's eruption from a video clip posted...
Strait of Magellan, Ferdinand Magellan, Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile,

A TRAVELER’S HISTORY OF THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN

Many cities tend to have one historical figure they celebrate, usually with statues, street names and exhibits in their honor. Back home in Salt Lake City it’s the Mormons Joseph Smith or Brigham Young we...
Torres del Paine

DAY HIKES IN TORRES DEL PAINE

When visiting Torres del Paine most people hike either the popular W trek, the O circuit, or take a day tour on a bus through the park. At the time of our visit none of these options appealed to Mark or me....
Hotel Hain in Punta Arenas
4.2

HOTEL HAIN IN PUNTA ARENAS

On our second stay in Punta Arenas after returning from Torres del Paine, Mark and I stayed in Hotel Hain. This hotel featured beautiful wooden paneling, Selk'nam decorations, and used to be one of the...
Hostal Don Guillamo in Puerto Natales
4.2

HOSTAL DON GUILLERMO IN PUERTO NATALES

Since we were staying in Puerto Natales, Chile, for a while we decided to upgrade to a more comfortable hostel. So we moved to Hostal Don Guillermo and enjoyed the warm room, private shower, free WiFi, and...
Hostal Bellavista in Puerto Natales
3.6

HOSTAL BELLAVISTA IN PUERTO NATALES

Puerto Natales was the gateway to get into Torres del Paine so we booked just one night in this town before taking off to the park. Our night was spent at Hostal Bellavista, which provided us with gear such...
Patagonia B&B in Punta Arenas, Chile
4.4

PATAGONIA B&B IN PUNTA ARENAS

Unsure of what to expect on our first full day in Chile, we arrived in Punta Arenas glad to find that our accommodation was just what it promised online--a quiet atmosphere with the best view of the Magellan...
Mirador las Torres, Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, trekking the W, Hiking the W, trekking in Torres del Paine, travel, travel photography, Canon 5D Mark III, Chile, Patagonia, trekking in Patagonia,

BREATHTAKING TORRES DEL PAINE

The view from Mirador Las Torres is one of those that takes the breath away, like a welcomed punch in the gut as you crest the final rise — think Delicate Arch in Utah as you round the last corner on the...
Milford Sound, New Zealand.

JUCY MILFORD SOUND CRUISE TOUR

If you could only pick one place to go in New Zealand, where would it be? For us, we chose to go to the quaint mountain town of Queenstown on the South Island that is also known as the "adventure capital" of...
Sydney, Australia, at night

A LAYOVER IN SYDNEY

Crossing the ocean from Southeast Asia to South America seemed like the perfect excuse for us to make a quick stop in Australia on the way. We created a three-day stopover in Sydney, Australia, before our next...
The Sydney Opera House, Australia.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND PHOTO GALLERY

Our stops in Australia and New Zealand were no more than glorified layovers with just three days in Sydney and six in Queenstown. But we still managed to thoroughly enjoy ourselves and are already dreaming of...