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Fox at hotel
I think this fox works for the hotel and, in saying so, I am not disputing his worth as an employee. Guests were often awed to see him lurking around the hotel. Initially, we all thought "what luck, a fox". During dinner on the second night at the hotel, we were given a show with the fox posing for several minutes on a tree trunk about a foot from the plate glass window of the restaurant. This lucky guy was probably just waiting for the staff to throw out his dinner. Regrettably, Peter and I did not have our camera at dinner as we could have probably gotten better pictures of this cutie.
Fox at hotel
Another view of same fox.
parrots in the gutter.
More wildlife at our hotel - parrots in the gutter. Near as I can tell, these are Austral Parakeets. (links: better photo, Wikipedia for Austral, Wiki for "List of birds of Chile")



Scenery from our hike to the Torres overlook. We hiked here in the morning prior to departing for El Calafate.
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
Scenery from the ride to El Calafate.
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
Guanacos just inside the Torres del Paine Natural Park, Chile - we are leaving the park, en route to El Calafate.
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
Mom and nursing calf. Aw!
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
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Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
"I do say, these tourists seem to like us..."
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
"...but I do wish they would leave because, frankly, I have to use the loo. Perhaps you could spit on them for me?"
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
Scenery from the ride to El Calafate.
Scenery from  the ride to El Calafate.
Scenery from the ride to El Calafate.
view of a lake bed
A view of a lake bed that we explored.
view of a lake bed
As we walked across the lake bed, we saw a couple of foxes and a guanaco on a hillside. My theory is that we scared up some smaller animals. The foxes have probably learned to look for lunch when the tourists arrive. They seem to have caught something (a rabbit?). The fox was not interested in the guanaco and the guanaco did not seem to care about the fox either.
wasps nest
A likely wasp's nest according to our guide, Matias.
Skull of Guanaco
Here is a Guanaco skull which we discovered while walking on a dried up lake bed on the way out of Torres Del Paine. Per Peter, "He might be dead but he is happy." And just what are those canines at the front of the jaw good for?
some place between between the Argentine border and El Calafate
We stopped here for coffee. See map below.
some place between between the Argentine border and El Calafate
Another view of the the Hotel La Esperanza and the town it is located in. Here is a Google Map of the town:
Esperaza panorama
Esperanza panorama, photographed and pieced together by Peter.
some place between between the Argentine border and El Calafate
A sign at the the Hotel La Esperanza. It is "prohibited to step on the lawn".
A long-tailed Meadowlark
A long-tailed Meadowlark. You can see better pictures ofof this bird on Wikipedia. (Link: Wiki)
The image above is from a Calafate bush. (Link: Wiki for El Calafate)


We made it to El Calafate early in the evening. Images above are of
  • our hotel (top - see also more images on the next day's page)
  • the restaurant where we had dinner. We liked Le Lechuza so much that we went back the next night. They had great empanadas, pizzas (including one with blue cheese and celery) and salads (the best of our trip) (middle), and
  • scenes from our walk home, including lamb roasting and the main street of El Calafate (bottom).

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