Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Marzo 1 / March 1

Nos levantamos muy temprano a ver el amanecer en el cañon Kings, desafortunadamente el lugar donde fuimos no estuvo muy bueno para tomar buenas fotos.  Despues de ver el amanecer nos fuimos a hacer la famosa caminada por el cañon Kings.  Teniamos que empezar temprano en la mañana porque la pueden cerrar por las altas temperaturas.  Si la temperatura esta pronosticada para subir mas de los 36C, los guardabosques cierran la caminada a las 9:00am por seguridad de la gente.

Es una caminada muy bonita… empieza con una subida tremenda por una de las paredes de la montaña, pero la vista del valle vale la pena.  Despues de que se llega a la cima es una caminada larga pero suave hasta que se empieza a descender.  En total son 9Km de caminada con una vista impresionante!  Teminamos a eso de las 12:00pm.

Salimos del cañon Kings antes de almuerzo y manejamos hacia el Uluru.  En el camino nos encontramos el Monte Conner; el cual desde lejos tiene una similaridad al Uluru y creimos que habiamos llegado; despues nos dimos cuenta que todavia nos faltaban unos 150Km.  Parece que el Monte Conner lo confunden muy frecuentemente con el Uluru, eso dijeron los guardabosques.  Tambien vimos el Lago Amadeus, que es un lago de agua salada en la mitad del desierto.

Finalmente llegamos al Uluru!.  Exactamente a las 4:29pm llegamos a la entrada del Parque Nacional Uluru-Kata Tjuta.  Compramos el tiquete de 3 dias y nos fuimos al mirador recomendado por los guardabosques para ver el atardecer.  A las 5:06pm tuvimos la oportunidad de apreciar esta magica piedra y de ahi en adelante no le pudimos quitar los ojos de encima.  Es uno de esos lugares de los que uno sigue hablando por dias enteros, pero las palabras no alcanzan a describir completamente lo que se experiementa al estar en este lugar.  Lo otro muy importante es que este es un lugar sagrado y tiene un significado muy especial para los Anangu, los indigenas de la region.

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We woke up very early to see the sunrise at Kings Canyon, unfortunately the location was not the best to photograph it.  After sunrise we went to start the famous Kings Canyon hike.  We had to start the walk early in the morning because otherwise it will be close due to high heat later in the day.  If the temperature is forecasted to reach above 36C, the rangers close the walk by 9:00am for people’s safety.

It is a beautiful walk… it starts with a very steep climb on one of the mountain’s faces, however we got rewarded with an amazing view of the valley.  Once we reached the top it is a long but relatively easy walk until we started descending.  In total it was a 9Km walk with great scenery!  We finished at around 12:00pm.

We left Kings Canyon before lunch and started driving towards the Uluru.  On the way we found Mount Conner; which at first glance looks like the Uluru; however when we realized we were still 150Km away the excitement level went down.  Mount Conner apparently gets confused with the Uluru more often than what one would think according to the park rangers at the Uluru.  We also say Lake Amadeus, a salt water lake in the middle of the desert.


We finally arrived at the Uluru!.  At exactly 4:29pm we reached the main gate at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.  We got our 3 day ticket and headed to the sunset lookout recommended by the park rangers.  We had our first good look at this magical rock at 5:06pm and from there on we could not get our eyes off this beautiful place.  It is one of those places that will leave you talking about it for days but words cannot fully describe what you experience when you look a this magnificent place.  It is also very significant as it is a sacred place and very important for the Anangu, the indigenous people of the area.

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Lagarto en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Lizard at the Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Lagarto en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Lizard at the Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Paloma con Cresta en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Crested Pigeon at the Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Caminada en el Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

En el camino hacia el Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
On the way to the Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

Autopista Centro Rojo, Northern Territory, Australia
Red Centre Way, Northern Territory, Australia

Monte Conner, Northern Territory, Australia
Mount Conner, Northern Territory, Australia

Centro Rojo, Northern Territory, Australia
Red Centre, Northern Territory, Australia

Lago Amadeus, Northern Territory, Australia
Lake Amadeus, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru o Roca Ayers, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru or Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru o Roca Ayers, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru or Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru o Roca Ayers, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru or Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Febrero 28 / February 28

Hoy continuamos nuestro camino hacia el Uluru, pero nos encontramos muchar cosas para ver sobre la autopista 6 o Larapinta, asi que llegar al Uluru nos va a tomar mas tiempo del que estimamos.

Paramos en varios lugares: El cañon Ormiston, el cañon Glen Helen, el mirador del monte Sonder, el cañon Redbank, el mirador del cerro Tyler, Reserva Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) y finalmente el Cañon Kings.

Vamos a pasar la noche en el camping del hotel Kings Canyon para ir a hacer una caminada mañana por la mañana.

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Today we continue our journey towards the Uluru, however we found a lot of things to see along Highway 6 or Larapinta Drive, so getting to the Uluru is going to take longer than expected.

We stopped at several places, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Mount Sonder lookout, Redbank Gorge, Tyler’s Pass lokout, Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve and finally Kings Canyon.

We are spending the night at Kings Canyon resort campground so we can go for a hike tomorrow morning.

Cañon Ormiston, Northern Territory, Australia
Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Ormiston, Northern Territory, Australia
Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Ormiston, Northern Territory, Australia
Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Ormiston, Northern Territory, Australia
Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Glen Helen, Northern Territory, Australia
Glen Helen Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Glen Helen, Northern Territory, Australia
Glen Helen Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Monte Sonder, Northern Territory, Australia
Mount Sonder, Northern Territory, Australia

Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Redbank, Northern Territory, Australia
Red bank Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

Northern Territory, Australia

Reserva Tnorala (Gosse Bluff), Northern Territory, Australia
Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory, Australia

Reserva Tnorala (Gosse Bluff), Northern Territory, Australia
Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Kings, Northern Territory, Australia
Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Monday, 27 February 2017

Febrero 27 / February 27

En la mañana estuvimos conociendo en Alice Springs.  Estuvimos en el prescinto cultural Araluen, donde esta el museo, la galleria de arte, el primer hangar en Alice Springs.
Tambien estuvimos recogiendo un permiso gratuito para manejar en la via Mereenie Loop; ya que es una via que cruza una reserva indigena se necesita un permiso especial para transitar por ahi.

En la tarde empezamos a manejar hacia el Uluru, pero hicimos varias paradas; estuvimos en el charco de la quebrada Ellery e hicimos una caminada al canon Serpentine, asi que nos cogio la noche.  Encontramos un lugar al lado de la carretera para pasar la noche y no habia nadie mas.  El sitio estaba en una montaña y tenia una vista del cielo y las estrellas espectacular.

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We spent the morning and part of the afternoon in Alice Springs.  We went to Araluen Cultural Precint and visited the museum, art gallery and the first hangar in Alice Springs.
We also went to pick up a free permit to drive on Mereenie Loop Road; as it is an indigenous reserve we needed to obtain a permit to drive on that road.


In the afternoon we started driving towards the Uluru, however we made several stops along the way.  We stopped at Ellery Creek waterhole and went for a hike to Serpentine Gorge so we were forced to spend the night in the area.  We found a beautiful place along the road, it was a rest area and we were the only ones there.  Since it was in a mountain we had a nice view of the sky and all the stars.

Museo de Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Alice Springs Museum, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Galeria de Arte de Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Alice Springs Art Gallery, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Galeria de Arte de Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Alice Springs Art Gallery, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Avion de Servicio Medico, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Royal Flying Doctor Service airplane, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Charco de la Quebrada Ellery, Northern Territory, Australia
Ellery Creek Waterhole, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Serpentine, Northern Territory, Australia
Serpentine Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Cañon Serpentine, Northern Territory, Australia
Serpentine Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia

Atardecer, Northern Territory, Australia
Sunset, Northern Territory, Australia

La Via Lactea, Northern Territory, Australia
Milky Way, Northern Territory, Australia

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