Prologue

Santiago Travel Blog

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The Base Torres mirador (details in the blog entries)

Do you guys know what I like most about travelling? No, not discovering new places - that's second. The biggest reason I love travelling is meeting people. And the reason I'm mentioning that as the opener of this blog is because that's the very reason this blog is being written, and this trip ever happened!

Two years ago, shortly after my South American debut (Inca Hike to Machu Pichchu), I spent a couple of days in Puno when I met a girl from Singapore who was told me how she enjoyed the Inca Hike, but was looking forward to the "W" Hike. Like most other travellers, she presumed I'd know what it is, so she seemed fairly surprised when I went "huh?"! The very description had me slathering and I'd have visited right then, so as soon as I returned to the States, I told Sandhya about this "W" hike (yep, we spoke more about a dream destination than about my 2nd week in Peru, she was there only for the first week).

Rapa Nui aka Easter Islands and the mysterious Maui statues(details in the blog entries)
We kept talking about it since November 2013 but so much (aka, trips) happened and we never found a slot for it until this year when we said let's do it - let's hike Torres del Paine, Patagonia!

As with other hikes, the Torres del Paine National Park gets remarkably crowded during the Southern Hemisphere summer and so we were advised to book early. Unlike the Inca Hike where one has to be part of a group (bonus being someone puts up a tent and cooks food for you), you can hike in Torres del Paine on your own. You also have the option of pitching your own tent in designated areas or staying in "refugios" (basically a hostel-type with food and bunk beds). Regardless, we were told to book early which we did.

Being Indian citizens, as we had to go through the arduous work of getting a Chilean tourist visa (for which we flew to San Francisco) and, well pay money to fly South, we'd be dumb to just travel for a week.

Grey Glacier (details in the blog entries)
So we decided to add on one more "region" of Chile. It came down to the Lake District, the Atacama desert or Easter Island. We went with the last choice as the statues were something of an exotic appeal to both of us.

So there we had it - 2 big sectors peppering in some Santiago in between and we had our 20 days in Chile planned. I've started writing this blog after Boxing Day, back home, tired and somewhat frustrated after the Easter Island of our trip didn't go according to plan (more on that later). But overall, I also feel so fortunate that we could experience what we heard about all these years, and added one more conquest on our hiking list.

I'm adding a few photos that summarise our trip on this page, with more to follow in the blog entries.

jumpingnorman says:
Excellent jump on Easter Island :)
Posted on: Mar 05, 2016
Besandri says:
Congrats on the feature Vikram :)
Posted on: Jan 08, 2016
Farore says:
Congrats on the feature! Great blog, really nice to read.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2016
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The Base Torres mirador (details i…
The Base Torres mirador (details …
Rapa Nui aka Easter Islands and th…
Rapa Nui aka Easter Islands and t…
Grey Glacier (details in the blog …
Grey Glacier (details in the blog…
The name for the W hike comes fr…
The name for the "W" hike comes f…
The ultra colourful town of Valpar…
The ultra colourful town of Valpa…
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