Luang Nam Tha

4 12 2009

Luang Nam Tha

From Muang Ngoi Neua, we took a six-hour boat ride further up the Nam Ou river to Muang Khau.  The guidebook said this was supposed to be the best part of the river, but we thought the trip from Nong Khiaw up to Muang Ngoi Neua was much nicer.  If we were to do it again, we probably wouldn’t have done this section by boat since we thought it wasn’t as great as the guide book said it was.  Unless you are going onwards to Phongsali, this may not be worth the extra effort.  We were lucky to catch a 3:00 p.m. bus in Muang Khau to Udomaxai.  We spent one night in a guesthouse near the bus station and caught an early bus to Luang Nam Tha.  Read the rest of this entry »





Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge

16 09 2009
Lijiang

Lijiang

We stayed in the small, historic town of Lijiang before doing an overnight at the Tiger Leaping Gorge.  Lijiang is a well-travelled tourist spot, and the traditional portion of the town was used in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for some of the shots.  We also visited a small village north of town, and visited a fairly well known traditional doctor. Read the rest of this entry »





Nahuel Huapi

28 03 2009
The hikers

The hikers

In our whirlwind visit with Paul and Christine, we made some short trips to see different parts of the awesome Nahuel Haupi National Park around Bariloche.  Our first trip was to Pampa Linda, to see the massive Mt. Tronador (it means thunderer in Spanish).  We camped in Pampa Linda (it froze at night, our water bottles had ice in them in the morning!)  and made a few day hikes from our base camp there.  Pampa Linda has great views of the mountain. Read the rest of this entry »





Torres del Paine

9 03 2009
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Torres del Paine National Park

We did some last minute shopping in Puerto Natales for some extra layers of clothing, a camp stove and some food for hiking before heading off for the park.  We got on a 2 p.m. bus for the Torres del Paine park, and arrived under dark clouds and light rain at the park entrance.   We planned to do the ‘W’, since the weather seemed nasty and we didn’t have much time (you can also do a 10 day circuit around the whole thing).  On the way to the park we saw guanacos (like llamas) grazing on the pampa and some pink flamingos that looked out of place on a lake with snow-capped mountains in the background.  We took a quick shuttle to the first refugio and campground (Hosteria las Torres).

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Cerro Hielo Azul-El Bolsón

27 02 2009
Rió Azul

Rió Azul

We came to El Bolsón to do a short backpacking trip in Patagonia, drink locally made beer, and eat some of their famous fruits and chocolates.  The trip we chose to do is the Cerro Hielo Azul (Blue ice mountain) down here in the mountains of Patagonia. Read the rest of this entry »





Huerquehue Park: Backpacking and homemade bread

16 02 2009
Huerquehue Park

Huerquehue Park

We arrived in the outdoor adventure town Pucon via an overnight bus from Santiago, and immediately got on a regional bus to Lake Tinquilco, to the entrance of Huerquehue National Park. Pucon is on Lake Villarrica, and the whole lake is littered with chalets and other fancy resorts beneath the looming Villarrica Volcano, but we really just wanted to get to the park. Read the rest of this entry »