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Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)

Dennis Nicklaus - 25-Mar-24

Torres del Paine and Bernardo O

My "hidden gem" recommendation for Torres del Paine is the Mirador Ferrier trail, which was suggested to me by my hotel's activity concierge. This  relatively short but steep hike starts near the Lago Grey hotel and provides 700 meters of elevation gain.   It wasn't a very popular area; I only saw a couple other people on the trail, compared to the hundreds on the Mirador Torres hike. The view from the Ferrier mirador is spectacular -- possibly the most impressive vista I've seen anywhere in the world: Pinnacle, pinnacle, pinnacle. Glacier, glacier, glacier. Lake, lake, lake,..., each a slightly different shade of blue. Easily worth the pain I caused my knees by rushing up and down a little too quickly.

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Verona

Dennis Nicklaus - 24-Apr-23

Verona

Prior to my three night stay in March of 2023, I mostly knew Verona as the setting of Romeo & Juliet. Turns out, I found the Casa de Giulietta to be a pretty huge tourist trap. But beyond that, the number of interesting sights in its historical core makes it a great city to visit.  From Roman times, the big attractions are the arena and theater (photo), even though we didn't see any performances. Coming across other Roman era city gates or pieces of the walls is also a treat as you explore the town and there's a nice Roman museum at the theater.  The 14th century  Castelvecchio and its museum and historic bridge are also not to be missed

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Vicenza and the Palladian Villas

Dennis Nicklaus - 19-Apr-23

Vicenza and the Palladian Villas

I was surprised how much I enjoyed Vicenza. We only had the briefest of visits, stopping off the train from Padua back to Verona after a day trip. So we only had a little over an hour between trains at the end of the day.  But with a brisk walk into the town center and back, and a little wandering around, we were able to see exteriors of some of Palladio's buildings, as well as a few impressive non-Palladian palazzos along the way.  The Palladian buildings we definitely got to see included the Porto Palace, the Palladio Museum, Palazzo Pojana, the Loggia del Capitaniato (photo), and the Basilica Palladiano. We thought we did pretty well with our treasure hunt for Palladian villas in our limited time (and no real map or anything to guide us -- we weren't really very prepared)

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Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

Dennis Nicklaus - 19-Apr-23

Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles

I was really dazzled by the frescoes of Padua.  And I went on a Monday. Don't go on a Monday if you can avoid it -- several attractions are closed. But it was the only day that fit into our schedule.  Still, we got to go in the Scrovegni Chapel, Saint Anthony, and the Baptistry. Around town, we were able to enjoy the small market at the Prato, peek through the gates of the closed botanical garden, and eat lunch in the shadow of the Palazzo della Ragione. The highlight was certainly the magnificent Scrovegni. I really appreciated the introduction provided by the video you watch just prior to your turn entering the chapel itself

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Cara Sucia / El Imposible (T)

Dennis Nicklaus - 14-Apr-23

Cara Sucia / El Imposible (T)

My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit to El Imposible in January 2023 and we had a really good hike here.  We were driven up the same terrible access road that Els described, and I think we went to the same ranger station/mirador for the start of our hike.  However, we hiked all the way down to the bottom of the gorge to the confluence of two rivers.  After some fun exploration along the boulders and streams and swimming in the little pools there to cool off, we of course had to hike back up, about 7 miles round trip. A sign at the top says you're at 780 meters above sea level, so it was maybe 500 meters elevation change?  The forest was enjoyable and we had a good local guide for the interpretive plant trail that was pretty interesting

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