Torres del Paine – III – Completing the Loop

Day 7 - Campamento Italiano Map (link) | Distance: 7.5 km + 5 km | Time: 1.75 hours + 3 hours The hike from Paine Grande to Italiano is one of the shortest hikes in the park, designed so hikers can enjoy a "day hike" past Italiano to a pair of mountainside lookouts (Francés and…

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Torres del Paine – II – John Gardner and Glacier Grey

Day 4 - Campamento El Paso (John Gardner Pass ⛰️) Map (link) | Distance: 8 km | Time: 7.5 hours We had been gently warned by the rangers that most hikers should leave camp around 7:30 am to climb the John Gardner Pass, so despite the rain and chill we were up and on the…

Torres del Paine – I – The Backside

Day 1 - Campamento Serón Map: (link) | Distance: 13 km | Time: 4.5 hours Saturday morning was an early one. We had a 7 am bus ride to the park ahead of us, which meant getting up at dark o'clock and double checking our backpacks before heading out. Fortunately our hostel, the Erratic Rock,…

Adventure with our Toronto neighbours in Mexico City!

In Toronto our neighbours, Greg and Adrienne, also happen to be old friends of ours. Greg and I attended high school together, and so we were all delighted to find out we were living in the same building, on the same floor. To keep the coincidences coming, a week after we booked our trip to…

Airbnb Experience: Dive into real Mexico

Our second Airbnb experience on this trip was called "Dive into real Mexico" and the name is a perfect descriptor. It was a full day experience - just over 10 hours long. We met our host Daniel in the morning and he drove us 2 hours away to the state where his family originates, Tlaxcala.…

Our home away from home in the Condesa Aurora Sunroom!

Kevin was in charge of finding our Airbnb and I'm sure he looked at hundreds of listings to narrow down his options. Ever the skilled researcher, Kevin found us what I can honestly describe as the world's best Airbnb host, Leonor. We had initially planned to reserve one of her full apartments, but we took…