Ever since I saw photos of Torres del Paine in Patagonian Chile I have wanted to go there. It must have something to do with a subconscious preference for remote locations. After all, the places I liked most in Australia were Karijini National Park and the Kimberley, both in the remote north of Western Australia. Since it takes over 24 hours of travelling time to get there, it is not a destination for a short trip. Therefore I have been saving my holidays to be able to go the decent time of 6 weeks.
On 9/10 December Iberia will take me from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires. There I will spend 3 days, before LAN takes me to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on earth. Literally the End of the World. From there I will make my way north to Santiago, from where Iberia will bring me back to Amsterdam on 21/22 January.
In the map below some of the places I intend to visit are marked: the already mentioned Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Torres del Paine, but also Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Montt, Bariloche, Puyehue Volcano and Valparaiso. I have no predefined route between these places, but will decide as I go along. Watch this website for updates, or subscribe to my RSS feed (I can recommend iGoogle with the Google Reader gadget).