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  • hello and greetings from chile  in today's video we're going to  

  • be taking you on a day trip to  torres del paine national park  

  • this is a major trekking destination in chile and  you could easily spend a few weeks on the trails  

  • but since we were a bit short on time today we're  going to be showing you some of the highlights you  

  • can experience on a day visit during our tour  we saw all sorts of wildlife visited the cave  

  • of a prehistoric animal and even came face to  face with icebergs so all in all a very good day  

  • and a great option for anyone wanting to date her  from puerto natales now let's get into the video

  • our first stop of the day was the milotins  cave which is a natural monument located  

  • about 30 minutes northwest of puerto natales this  site is comprised of several caves the largest  

  • of which is 30 meters high and 200 meters deep  this is where the milodon's remains were found  

  • now a bit of trivia apparently the myelin state of  conservation was so good that at first the remains  

  • were believed to be that of a living animal  this launched a small wave of early 20th century  

  • expeditions in search of a living breathing  myelitis well that search didn't yield much  

  • the samples were eventually dated back about  10 000 years they were just in great condition  

  • because of the extreme cold and stable conditions  the cave had to offer so don't get too excited  

  • on your visit well guys we just finished visiting  the myladin's cave this was a prehistoric creature  

  • kind of like a giant sloth and its remains  were found in this cave they were discovered  

  • by a german explorer and yeah we were able to walk  around the cave it was pretty cool the only thing  

  • i have to mention is chilean patagonia is so much  colder than argentine patagonia and i think it's  

  • because right now like we're just outside in the  city of puerto natales which is by the ocean so  

  • we're really getting a lot of the humidity andfeel like the cold is just seeping into my bones  

  • so it's a bit of an adjustment and there comes  sam how was your encounter with a prehistoric  

  • creature oh my gosh i love that crease here  it's slightly smaller than the uh than the mega  

  • the megatherium the big ethereum this is like the  the half size yeah the two meter version not the  

  • five meter version yeah but it's very cool it  adds a very cool element to the cave and also  

  • it's great it's a great family-friendly kind of  uh addition too yeah the kids would love it i did

  • and price point before we forget we priced  8 000 chilean pesos which is just over 10  

  • us dollars there you go yeah and uhbelieve nationals pay half that price  

  • so if you're chilean enjoy enjoy your

  • discount  

  • we then started driving in the direction of torres  del paine national park in patagonia chile which  

  • is located 60 kilometers north of puerto natales  as you can imagine it was a pretty scenic drive  

  • but the best surprise was spotting a group of  condors circling above us this is the largest  

  • bird of prey in the world so we were pretty  excited to see several of them so close by

  • next up a little shopping at cerro  castillo this is like a little  

  • stopover that was created between the towns of  calafat in argentina in puerto natales in chile  

  • and it is right next to the border it's right at  the border crossing actually went through there  

  • a few days ago when we were crossing over so it  might look familiar so we have about 20 minutes  

  • at this little shopping spot and i'm  looking for leg warmers and hopefully  

  • an alpaca sweater because i'm cold and i've  been wearing the same thing almost every day  

  • so guys we have reached our first lookout  of the day this spot is called mirador lagos  

  • cermiento and we're getting our first views  of doris del paine the weather cooperated  

  • we thought we were going to have rain today and we  can actually see the mountain range and the peaks  

  • looks amazing and the color of the water  is unbelievable you've gotta see this

  • here we have it

  • it's amazing let's getpicture where are you going sam

  • come i'm going i'm going for another viewpoint  it just keeps getting better and better we get  

  • closer and closer alpine and we're not even  the national park yet it's unbelievable

  • he saw a con condor we've seen a few on  this trip we've seen foxes we've seen  

  • nand nyandus which are kind of  like local local ostriches ostrich  

  • and what else fox foxes okay let's see  the lock we've seen a lot the day is young

  • apparently the most hot the  most elusive is the puma  

  • so if we see a puma today's  the best day we'd be very lucky

  • this place is amazing guys we just  keep getting closer and closer  

  • to tour del pine and apparently we're  not even in the national park yet  

  • i know unbelievable we're just approaching it and  right now we've stopped over at the bitter lagoon  

  • and it gets that name because it's a mix of fresh  water and salt and salt water and it has a high ph  

  • i think he said like 9.1 or something so yeah oh  and he also said during the summer months you can  

  • see flamingos here because it's amazing they fly  down they're not they're not here at the moment  

  • no it's not even one in a few weeks  they will be they'll be vacationing here

  • our next stop on this tour of torres del paine  national park in chilean patagonia was the pinea  

  • river waterfall we had a short stop here  to take some photos and go on a quick walk

  • we then continued our drive through the park  making several stops at various lookouts along  

  • the way we also drove past estancia's  experienced winds that nearly blew us  

  • over and of course we were treated to  incredible landscapes at every turn  

  • just driving down the park's dirt  roads was an adventure in and of itself

  • now check out these turquoise waters this is  lake beway and it's the heart of torres del paine  

  • national park in patagonia chile from this point  you can view the famous horns of torres del paine  

  • if the weather cooperates we had some strong winds  that day so thankfully the clouds blew over and we  

  • did get our peek at them and then it was time for  lunch we ate at the rio pingo restaurant which is  

  • located inside the park on the south side of lake  grey the nice thing about eating in the middle of  

  • the afternoon is that there were no lines so we  were able to get a table and enjoy our meal with  

  • zero wait time and by the time we were done eating  the rain had stopped lunchtime lunch time there's  

  • a restaurant in the park very convenient because  we are starving what time is it it's it's about  

  • it's almost three oh my gosh yeah so i actually  chose a vegetarian option in the menu described  

  • it as a stew and it's kind of like a mash of  chickpeas carrots potato it's got some beans  

  • grilled veggies on top and i saw that there  was cheese so i was just looking yeah i'll  

  • take some cheese yes please to the cheese right  it's good it looks so good we're still hungry  

  • at this point it doesn't matter but i'm glad  that we've prioritized sightseeing obviously  

  • yes yeah but yeah it's kind of cold and rainy out  so yeah we had amazing weather up until the moment  

  • we came in here and then it was like pouring  rain and now it's clearing slightly yeah yeah  

  • guys i'm really excited for this i got the cordero  milanesa which is a lamb basically breaded cutlet  

  • yeah and a risotto with mushroom and did you put  cheese on there i did add cheese you're welcome

  • this mushroom risotto is  delicious this is a good meal  

  • we are going on a post lunch mini  hike we've got sendero gray cinderella  

  • my accent's getting a bit confused um we're  just going to go across this hanging bridge  

  • over the river and see where the trail  leads and the weather clear just in time  

  • cleared seriously they are not joking about  like four season in a matter of ten minutes  

  • it looked like it looked like rain again  was coming amazing and then it was gone

  • well guys we are off to see the floating icebergs  they sure are oh my well floating of course they  

  • float they're icebergs so there's an area and it's  basically kind of like a beaches leash leading out  

  • there isn't there yeah it's like a strip ofstrip of sandy strip sandy strip we've got the  

  • lake and the icebergs and we've been given an  hour and 40 minutes for lunch and to complete  

  • you know this little walk down the trail go see  the icebergs get back just enough time right just  

  • enough time and hopefully the weather cooperates  while we're out it's holding it's holding look  

  • blue skies yeah in this direction a big gray over  yonder indeed but well i mean it's patagonia like  

  • what what can we ask what else can we ask of  her you like the guy like our guide said today  

  • prepare for four seasons four seasons all in  one all in look at that that's majestic it is

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  • to the video for some logistics on how to visit  torres del paine patagonia on a day trip hello we  

  • are back from our really fun excursion what a day  what a day what an incredible day yes i feel like  

  • we have the the weather guru or the weather gods  on our side on our side we we had amazing weather  

  • everywhere we went and for the few moments that  the the weather was bad it's when we were like  

  • eating or when we had already got our shots  everywhere in our car it was just unbelievable  

  • and it it appeared that we were going to have bad  weather today so this was just the most amazing  

  • surprise to be honest i absolutely loved it  that that torres del paine chilean patagonia is  

  • just fabulous i can see why people would  come and do eight to ten day treks there  

  • it's a massive massive park and honestlyonly have good things to say about the tour  

  • normally i'm very much against those group day  tours where you're rushed around on and off on  

  • and off but this one it was just right it worked  we got to see the highlights we had a great guide  

  • and a great driver yeah just a positive attitude  such such nice people yeah working there and i  

  • feel like it was just the right pace it's like  we weren't in the vehicle for too long they kept  

  • we kept getting in and out there were  things to do um the landscapes changed  

  • yeah the views were just spectacular the  whole time so everybody kept everyone excited  

  • and engaged and um yeah what a tour if you  don't have the time to do the full trek  

  • independently this is definitely the best option  to see everything assuming you don't have your own  

  • vehicle yeah if you only have one day join a tour  because you won't regret it totally totally agree  

  • with that so in terms of the tour we paid just  over 50 dollars i think it was 53 us yeah about 50  

  • bucks per person per person which was mainly for  transportation there and back it's like two and  

  • a half hours almost from the city center to the  park so the additional fee was the then we paid  

  • for the caves which was about ten dollars yes um  you you have the option of not doing that there is  

  • a there is a coffee shop or you can just wait in  the bus it was a short stop so if you didn't want  

  • to do that i i really enjoyed it for me it was it  was and you get to pose with the myelin so yeah  

  • that's the best part at the end but the  cave the key was enormous and i thought it  

  • was really interesting to walk around yeah but  then the only other fee is uh was the park fee  

  • park fee it is not cheap let me tell you um so  it was just under 30 us dollars per person yeah  

  • 21 000 chilean pesos that being said this ticket  is good for three days but you have to let them  

  • know when you're buying the ticket because they're  going to ask you to write your name your passport  

  • number yeah and then you have to take it to a desk  to be stamped i believe i believe that's for day  

  • trippers like us people who are leaving the park  and then coming back yeah i think the people who  

  • are doing the big hikes probably they probably  just pay for this admission and then they're  

  • granted that time i would imagine i would highly  recommend the tour buying it is beautiful yeah and  

  • oh i want to talk about all the animal encounters  we saw oh my gosh we saw everything boxes wanakas  

  • condors we even had gauchos riding on horses and  a gaucho herding cows with with the help of dogs  

  • yes at the very end of the day indeed what uh  oh even the the nyandu the the the ostrich like  

  • bird that's down here yeah it's just a one  a great great day of travel and um yeah this  

  • national park is phenomenal you definitely  even if you've been to the argentinian um  

  • area of patagonia that we went to if you've been  to california in shelton still worth coming here  

  • yeah and vice versa yeah um it's just a beautiful  beautiful part of patagonia and we loved it  

  • so with that in mind hope you guys enjoyed this  video we'll have more coming from chile soon

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