12.1 Puerto Natales
After sitting for many hours I was keen to get mobilising to Torres del Paine National Park as soon as possible, and arranged for a bus the following afternoon. This meant the morning was spent with the mentality of “T minus x hours until departure” so went into town buying supplies/ renting camping equipment for the excursion. All was sorted in time, and it was then off into the (relative) wilderness for 5 days (see 12.1.1)
Upon returning my first destination (after giving back the tent) was to catch up on my 5-a-days and went straight for the nearest fruit & veg shop. There was a mix up at the hostel meaning I had to find another, but Hostel Dumestre ended up being just what I was after. It was a building(s) that housed around 50 people, I was told: a mixture of families, lodgers and travellers. The owner had one of the most impressive moustaches I´ve ever seen, and all the residents were exceptionally friendly. They found it particularly amusing how many times I returned to the soup pot (I think it was 6) when I was in the process of refuelling on the first night.
. On the final day it was a case of figuring out a bit of a route north and generally acclimatising to having some walls for surroundings for a change.