Chile/Argentina - December '02 - January '03 

 

On a snowy December morning at Chicago's O'Hare airport, the journey begins.

 

Our stopover in Miami was pleasant, but longer than anticipated after our pilot called in sick and no replacement could be found on Christmas day.

 

Thirty six or so hours after departing Chicago, we were flying over the Chilean Andes.

 

Nandus on the move in Patagonia

 

Colony of pinguinos at Seno Otway

 

Just a few weeks old, these young penguins have yet to shed their fleecy down for swimming feathers.

 

Mother and young guanacos

 

River meandering from Lago Nordenskjold in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

 

Roaring current of Salto Grande

 

Mountain view across Lago Pehoe

 

Hotel Glaciares tour bus

 

Icebergs floating in Lago Grey

 

Glaciar Balmaceda slowly slides into Seno Ultima Esperanza, The Sound of Last Hope

 

As is customary after hiking to the glacier, a shot of pisco chilled with prehistoric glacier ice

 

Chilean immigration tried to keep us from leaving Chile as a result of a minor paperwork snafu.  Luckily we got everything sorted out but our bus driver was about to abandon us here in Cerro Castillo, on the Argentine border.

 

Hey, polar bears don't live in the southern hemisphere!  Guess nobody told him.  This one accompanied us to the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentine Patagonia.

 

Chunks of ice crumble from the glacier, as seen from the water.

 

The massive river of ice, as seen from land.

 

Snowy mountaintop origins of the glaciers, as seen from the air.

Santiago's finest.  With human companion.

 

Stray Chilean gato

 

Yum, bloody fish heads at the Mercado Central

 

Wine barrels at the Santa Rita winery

 

12:13 PM on January 3, 2003. It's a beautiful summer day in Santiago. And the hotel phone has a button to summon our butler.

 

Riding the ascensors of Valparaiso, Chile. What better way to spend the afternoon after being pelted by yogurt in a botched robbery attempt.

 

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