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GPS tracks and satellite images uploaded

I’ve gone through all our GPS tracks and uploaded maps (where available) and satellite views of the trips we did during our holiday.

Have a look through the blog entries from South America 2008 to see the map info – I’ve uploaded them as images.

If your screen resolution makes the map and satellite images look a bit fuzzy – try viewing the “original” file so you can zoom in to full resolution.

I have been experimenting a bit with Google Earth .kml files – if you would like some kml files so you can do your own exploring of the areas we visited – let me know in the comments and I’ll upload them.

The main task I have left is to geocode all our photos with the GPS data. Only problem there is that there are over 5000 photos and lots of GPS tracks – I’ve got to match them all up!


Just got home

Just a quick note to say we just arrived home from our 6 week tour of Patagonia.

We had a fantastic time – really enjoyed our trip and are glad we did it.

We would love to go back and explore some of the areas of Patagonia we didn’t get to spend more time in at some point in the future. If we make it to Antarctica one day¬†– we may well find ourselves back in Ushuaia anyway – which is good, we really liked it there. Of course, we have the rest of South America to explore as well!

We’re thinking perhaps Peru and the Inca Trail¬†/ Machu Picchu, plus Ecuador and the Galapagos, plus possibly Bolivia for our next trip – not sure when though.

Tweets from today

just got home from our 6 week tour of Patagonia – Chile and Argentina
2nd March, 2008 9:10 AM from web
waiting at Auckland airport for our final flight to Sydney
2nd March, 2008 2:57 AM from web

Photos uploaded

I’ve now uploaded photos from the rest of our trip:

  1. Day 21 – Puerto Natales
  2. Day 22 – Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine
  3. Day 23 – Puerto Natales and Parque Nacional Bernado O’Higgins
  4. Day 24 – Puerto Natales to El Calafate
  5. Day 25 – El Calafate
  6. Day 26 – El Calafate and Glacier Perito Moreno Ice Trecking
  7. Day 27 – El Calafate and Parque Nacional Los Glaciers
  8. Day 28 – El Calafate to Puerto Natales
  9. Day 29 – Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
  10. Day 30 – Punta Arenas
  11. Day 31 – Punta Arenas and Magdalena Island
  12. Day 33 – Punta Arenas and Cruceros Australis
  13. Day 34 – Cruceros Australis
  14. Day 35 – Cruceros Australis
  15. Day 36 – Cruceros Australis and Cabo de Hornos
  16. Day 37 – Cruceros Australis and Ushuaia
  17. Day 38 – Ushuaia
  18. Day 39 – Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park
  19. Day 40 – Ushuaia
  20. Day 41 – Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  21. Day 42 – Buenos Aires to Santiago and Santiago to Sydney

One thing I still have to do is upload maps showing where we went (I was planning on doing this as we went – but didn’t get the time), as well as GPS track logs showing details of our outings.

Day 42 – Buenos Aires to Santiago and Santiago to Sydney

Up at a reasonable time this morning to finish our packing and discard the last of the gear we wouldn’t need for the return trip.

Decided to wear our Teva’s on the plane rather than our boots – also pulled out our Thermarest pillows to carry on, so there’s plenty of room to pack the boots in our bags.

Got our airport transfer at around 11:30am and headed to the international airport – flight was at 2:25pm.

We arrived in Santiago on schedule and made our way to one of the LAN club lounges. We had a 7 hour or so wait for our flight to Sydney – so I spent the time catching up on blogging and uploading photos (very fast link here with free WiFi!).

Our flight leaves at around 11:05pm tonight (just over an hour from now) – and stops in Auckland before continuing to Sydney – scheduled to arrive at just after 7am Sunday morning (we skip Saturday when we cross the date line).

Buenos Aires to Sydney - trip overview

Buenos Aires to Sydney - trip overview

We plan on catching the train home and walking with our packs – depends on how we feel when we arrive!

This will be the last blog entry from the trip itself … although over the next few weeks I’ll do some reviews of the places we’ve visited, the activities and tours we’ve done and the gear we took.


Leanne with her pack - Sydney Central Station

Leanne with her pack - Sydney Central Station


Simon with his pack - Sydney Central Station

Simon with his pack - Sydney Central Station


Tweets from today

about to board flight home to Sydney from Santiago – holidays are ending :(
1st March, 2008 12:18 PM from txt
at Santiago SCL waiting for flight to Sydney via Auckland
1st March, 2008 6:25 AM from txt
at Buenos Aires EZE waiting for flight to Santiago
1st March, 2008 2:10 AM from txt

Day 41 – Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

Up reasonably early this morning to finish our packing and check out of the hostel and book a taxi to the airport.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Our flight to Buenos Aires left a bit later than the 12:05pm scheduled time. At least it was a direct flight – about 3.5 hours.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

Our transfer driver was waiting for us when we arrived and we got to the hostel with no problems – it was really hot and humid though … we’re missing the cool weather already!

We put on our Teva’s (nice to be out of the boots) and headed out for a walk – walked the length of the pedestrian mall “Florida” and back, stopped for some dinner and then eventually wound our way back to the hostel.

Had an early night – the humidity not too comfortable – has been raining a lot here too … lots of water lying around.

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires - trip overview

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires - trip overview

Tweets from today

waiting to check in at Ushuaia airport for flight to Buenos Aires
28th February, 2008 10:13 AM from txt