6. hiking hacks for dummies

6 HIKING HACKS FOR DUMMIES

I am still a newbie to all this hiking, putting up a tent without prodding somebody in the eyes with a tent pole and packing my backpacker properly. Victor is still eye-rolling at me when I carelessly just throw my stuff in the backpacker randomly but I got to admit: It gets right back at me when I need to find something and I need to take out all the shit to find it in the bottom of the bag! No, I am not a very organised kind-of-person. I am still learning and from both Victor and other experienced hikers I have written down 6 useful hiking hacks that I want to share with[…]

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Seno Obstrucción, Región de Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, Chile

1 DAY TRIP TO SENO OBSTRUCCION

Most people only go North from Puerto Natales to discover the national park Torres del Paine but there are so many other places to discover that are less known and less touristic. Instead of going north, go south from Puerto Natales. Take the beautiful road to Seno Obstrucción. Its actually another road to Punta Arenas they are building on, but it will take longer time to get there because its a gravel road. You will be driving along the coast most of the way and have a beautiful scenery on both sides of the road. On the way you will pass some ranches as well.    HOW TO GET TO SENO OBSTRUCCION Its[…]

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Confession of a not so pretty Instagram: why I dont have 50K followers

CONFESSION OF A NOT-SO-PRETTY INSTAGRAM: WHY I DONT HAVE 50K FOLLOWERS

I got inspired to write this post after reading the great article of Samantha, the founder of “There she goes again” about the reality of Instagram and her take-on how she got thousand of followers on her Instagram profile during a short period of time.  We are both members of the same Facebook community for female travellers and one big struggle many of the members have is how to grow your goddamn Instagram profile. Samantha had some very interesting observations like  Is the pictures taken in a popular location like e.g. Paris? Are you a white, thin and an attractive female? Do you have a cute style? Then its – sorry to say – a bit easier[…]

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Laguna Azul, Torres del Paine: One of the best view to the iconic towers. Recommendation and information about this beautiful place

1 DAY HIKE IN TORRES DEL PAINE: LAGUNA AZUL

Do you want to explore something different then the typical “W” or “O” trek in Torres del Paine? Laguna Azul is  famous for having the best view to the iconic towers of the national park and it is worth a visit. Victor and I took a half-day trip to Laguna Azul to see the towers from another angle and get to know the park better. We were there a day in January – high season – and it was amazing to find such a beautiful place with no crowds of people. I hope you will get inspired by the pictures to go there!   HIKING TO SIERRA MASLE LOOKOUT We warmed up[…]

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Things to do in Punta Arenas, Chile

THINGS TO DO IN PUNTA ARENAS IN 3 DAYS – OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES

Punta Arenas is the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilean and placed 250km/155miles south from Puerto Natales. Most people take the plane to Punta Arenas, stay one night and then go to Puerto Natales to visit Torres del Paine national park. But if you did go all the way to Patagonia to enjoy the nature and wildlife you should stay some more days in Punta Arenas because this city actually has some very cool things to do and see – you just need to go a little bit outside the city. This was our first (out of many) honeymoon as married couple – and we spend it exploring Punta Arenas[…]

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5 reasons why dating an outdoor guide is awesome

5 REASONS WHY DATING AN OUTDOOR GUIDE IS AWESOME

I am so lucky that I have my own personal Bear Grylls! Victor is an experienced outdoor guide and I am so proud of him. We are not talking “Sunny Beach” or “Springbreak in Cancun” guide. This guy knows his shit and his knowledge about history, nature, animals and outdoor life is impressing. I actually thought about being guide myself many years ago but society told me I should go to the University and read some books about things I already forgot about. Who knows, maybe he convince me to pursue this old dream. Sure it sounds more fancy to say that your boyfriend or husband is a lawyer or doctor. But[…]

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1 month itinerary for beautiful Colombia

1 MONTH ITINERARY FOR COLOMBIA

1 month in Colombia is not much time to explore this wonderful country but I have made a 1 month itinerary for Colombia so you have an idea of how many days you could stay in each place and what to do. My focus was nature and outdoor adventures. So why did I end up in Colombia on my first solo travel? Colombia had for many years been on my bucket list. To be honest I think it was Shakira that started the idea when she put her country on the world map with her hip shaking song “whenever-wherever”. Then back in 2007 my best friend and I were about to decide[…]

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The guide recommends: what to put in your backpack to hit Torres del Paine National park. Patagonia, Chile

THE GUIDE RECOMMENDS: WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK TO HIT TORRES DEL PAINE

“THE GUIDE RECOMMENDS” was an idea Victor and I got because we often talk about our future outdoor adventures and he helps me understand this “world” of trekking, mountaineering and outdoor life since I haven’t much experience (yet!!). Victor has 14 years of experience as outdoor guide and is currently working as guide in Torres del Paine National park and this article is meant to help people who are going for multiple days in the park.   “WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?” PREPAIR YOURSELF FOR ALL KIND OF WEATHER Number one concern of travellers is always the weather. They try to predict how its gonna be before arriving but in Patagonia its[…]

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TREKKING IN TORRES DEL PAINE – HOW TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS

In my daily work I meet a lot of tourist during the day that want to hike in the national park Torres del Paine. Most popular is the “W” or the trail Macizo Paine Grande. The amount of visitors has exploded resent years and last year a lot of people experienced that the free and private camping areas were already full when they arrived. This year CONAF took the consequences of this and made some regulations to control the amount of people in the lodges, camping and refugios. For you as a visitor it means that you need to plan your trip well before entering the park if you are[…]

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5 AMAZING TOURS YOU NEED TO DO IN PUERTO NATALES, CHILE

Puerto Natales and its surroundings are a paradise for people who love outstanding nature, mountains, glaciers and to challenge themselves physical and mentally by doing outdoor activities. I have done all these tours myself and I can recommend them for everybody to do it. Are you short in time you can do a half day activity in the morning and another half day activity in the afternoon. When you have seen how many opportunities Puerto Natales has you´ll wish you had more time to explore the area because there are so much more to see and do than the famous national park Torres del Paine. For whom: This guide is ideal for people who are not[…]

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