So we got picked up from our hostel and taken into the Torres Del Paine national park to do our kayaking adventure, the weather was terrible but we were hoping that it would pick up. IT DIDN'T, the guide said that this is the worst weather he has seen in a long while, with rain and very strong winds that made kayaking almost imposssible, instead of kayaking around the glaciers we instead did a hike to get close to it and take some pictures but even that was a mission with the cold wind coming off the glacier and the rain. When we got back to the car after the trek we had some lunch and kayaking was almost cancelled, the weather cleared up a little bit but sarah decided against it so Ben went alone down the grey river and completed it in a time of 1 hour and 10 minutes the quickest the guide has ever done the grey river.
After kayaking we got dropped off at our hotel in the national park, it was a very grand hotel with some very wealthy looking guests, me and sarah looked very out of place with our big rucksacks and dirty hiking boots compared to people with brand new gear and pull along suitcases.
The hotel despite being so grand had absolute s*** service, and dinner despite being all you can eat (a challenge Ben accepted) was ridiculously overpriced, but because you are in the middle of the national park miles away from anywhere you have to pay it otherwise you go hungry or can't get out of the park. Ben made up for it at dinner consuming 7 fair sized slices of steak with chicken breasts and pork chops.
The next day the weather was a little better but still not amazing so we did a little trek to find the hidden lake close to our hotel, it only took us 3 hours but it was enough in the dreadful weather.
The last day in the park and the weather looked perfect so we decided to tackle the Torres Del Paine base trek, 9 hours walking with an 800m elevation. 30 mins in and sarah was tired and wanted to give up but boy scout and sergeant major Ben convinced her to carry on. When we got to the top the view was incredible. Well worth the effort, and it only took us 3:50 to get up. Easy. The way down was even easier despite a few slips and falls from us both. In total a estimated 9 hour trek took us only 8 hours and we stopped on the way down for a cup of tea and a coke.