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Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda – A World Wonder

Previous Post: Mingalaba From Myanmar – Land of the Golden Pagodas If you visit Myanmar (formerly called Burma), you will probably be starting off in its largest city, the business and cultural capital Yangon (Rangoon to the British).  At the … Continue reading

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The Hike To Refugio Otto Meiling – Getting Close To Cerro Tronador

Previous Post: Base Camp Bariloche & The Hiking Trails of Northern Patagonia Why Hike To Refugio Otto Meiling: [See the previous post for general info and maps which show Bariloche’s location in relation to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.] The … Continue reading

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Puerto Varas in Chile’s Lakes Region – 8 Things To Do!

Chile’s Región de Los Lagos , about one thousand kilometres south of Santiago,  is Region X of Chile’s fifteen administrative regions and sits just to the north of mythic Patagonia.  Landing at El Tepual International Airport near Puerto Montt, a large port with access … Continue reading

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Cycling Around Tasmania – Cradle Mountain to Zeehan

Previous Post: From Gowrie Park To Cradle Mountain It had rained off and on during the night and the tent was wet as I tucked the fly and the inner tent into their separate bags.  With all my gear loaded, I cycled over to … Continue reading

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Climbing Volcán Osorno In Chile’s Lakes Region

Volcán Osorno – Basic Background Each year about 600 climbers summit this glacier-capped stratovolcano (8701’ / 2652m  ) at the south-east end of Llago Llanquihue. On a clear summer morning the reward is an incredible panoramic view of a slice of … Continue reading

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Bariloche – Argentina’s Outdoor Playground Capital

Previous Post: By Boat And Bus Through the Andes – The Cruce Andino San Carlos de Bariloche – to use its full and official name – is a city of about 113,000 in Argentina’s lakes District on the east side of the … Continue reading

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By Boat And Bus through The Andes – The Cruce Andino

Previous Post: Climbing Volcán Osorno In Chile’s Lakes Region How to get from Puerto Varas, Chile to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina? I had a choice to make.  The  Andesmar bus takes seven to eight hours and the price is a reasonable … Continue reading

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Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi Traverse – Day 5 (Refugio Lopez to Bariloche)

Day 4: Refugio Manfredo Segre (Laguna Negra) to Refugio Lopez To the side of the Refugio Lopez is a tenting area; my spot was the flat area  with the ring of rocks as a boundary that you see on the bottom of … Continue reading

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Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi Traverse – Day 4 (Laguna Negra to Refugio Lopez)

Previous Post: Day 3 – Laguna Jakob (Refugio San Martín) to Laguna Negra  Day 3 had been a big day made even more exciting thanks to a brain cramp on my part.  Less drama on the trail was my wish … Continue reading

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Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi Traverse – Day 3 (Laguna Jakob to Laguna Negra)

Previous Post: Day 2 – Refugio Frey to Refugio San Martín (Laguna Jakob) I was  in the kitchen of the refugio by 8:15 or so for breakfast. With  my cup of refugio coffee finished it was time to meet with the others … Continue reading

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