Episode 16 - Epic Patagonia Campervan Trip Part 1

April 15, 2019

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In 2007, Kris and I drove a campvervan twice in Australia for one week at a time and fell in love with that type of travel. We always dreamed of doing a longer trip and decided to make it happen in Patagonia. From February 25 to April 2, 2019, we drove a campvervan from Punta Arenas to Santiago, Chile. We explored southern Argentinian Patagonia, spent a lot of our time driving the Carretera Austral through Chilean Patagonia, then crossed back into Argentina further north and drove along the east side of the Andes before crossing again back to Chile near Santiago. We covered almost 4,000 miles in 5 weeks. This episode is a compilation of excerpts we recorded during the first half of our van trip. We even had some of our good friends, Mitch and Allie, join us for the first week. It was an epic adventure so listen now! We’ve posted additional photos below.

 

 

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Earning Happiness by John Bartmann licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal License. 

 

More photos from the first half of our road trip!

 View from our first campsite at Laguna Sofia, Chile

 Mitchell at Laguna Sofia

 Hiking at Laguna Sofia

 First campsite at Laguna Sofia

Hiking at Laguna Sofia

Perito Moreno Glacier 

 Perito Moreno Glacier

 Perito Moreno Glacier

 Perito Moreno Glacier

 Campsite in El Calafate

 Pit stop along the drive to El Chalten

 Welcome to El Chalten and the Fitz Roy Range!

 Welcome to El Chalten and the Fitz Roy Range!

 Can you tell Kris was cold?! :)

 Campsite in El Chalten

 Campsite in El Chalten

 Laguna de los tres hike in El Chalten, Fitz Roy range in the background

 Laguna de los tres hike in El Chalten, Fitz Roy range

 Cheers! At the Fitz Roy range lookout on the Laguna de los Tres hike

Fitz Roy range lookout on the Laguna de los Tres hike

Kris modeling the Fitz Roy range with his Patagonia shirt at the Fitz Roy range

 

 Pit stop!

 

                                         

 

 

Leaving El Chalten and Raul's campground in Perito Moreno

 

Raul's campground in Perito Moreno

Driving along Lago General Carrera

Driving along Lago General Carrera 

Last night with Mitch and Allie in the vans

Marble caves tour

Waterfall pit stop on the way to Parque Patagonia

Dinner in the van when it's super windy outside

 We made it to Parque Patagonia

Hiking in Parque Patagonia

Hiking in Parque Patagonia

Hiking in Parque Patagonia

Hanging out with the guanacos in Parque Patagonia

Hiking in Parque Patagonia

Leaving Parque Patagonia, what a beautiful place!

The campsite where I made us put rocks under the wheels because we parked at night and I thought it was a cliff, turns out, not so much

Broken down on the side of the "highway"

We made it to Cerro Castillo! Campsite with a dog we named Ralph

Horseback riding in Cerro Castillo

Cerro Castillo

Mate statue in Coyhaique

Sunset at my favorite campsite looking over a fjord

My favorite campsite looking over a fjord

Making dinner in the rain at Parque Quelat

Quelat Hanging Glacier

Hiking to the hanging glaicer

Getting the tire fixed on the way to El Sauce

Amazing sunset at El Sauce (a hot spring)

 El Sauce Hot Spring

 

 

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