50.9423° S, 73.4068° W
We followed her advice and began set up in the camp area, however Mandi is very fussy when it comes to the ground being flat so spent 15 minutes figuring out what flatness would be best for her to get a good nights sleep. Not gunna lie Mandi, the whole area was pretty flat! With the tent up, the wine open and dinner on the go, we were in for a perfect night.
That was of course until a guy who worked on the camp site showed up asking us if we had paid. Now, I know it was the wrong thing to do but the other ranger had told us we would camp for free, so when he asked if we had paid, the first thing that came out my mouth was yes. We all know I will try and blag my way out of any given situation and who wouldn't try when you have to pay per person and not per tent. It was when he asked for the ticket, this should have been the point I should of probably told him we hadn't paid. But no, I walked to the car and pretended to look for a non existent ticket. When I came back and told him it was lost he started asking us loads of questions, like where we bought it, who we got it from, when we got it. Everything got a bit too much, so I just started randomly pointing in different directions and stringing mumbled words together. He seemed very confused and told us he would go and double check with his colleague. Shit now I'd really put my foot in it. We decided that when he came back we would just say that we had lied and it would all be fine and we could just pay then. I would of probably carried on trying to bullshit my way out of it. Luckily Mandi did all the talking, and although he was pissed off we made him walk around looking for a fake ticket he took our money and left with a smile of his face.
8,000 CPS per person down and a lovely sticker on the tent to show for it, we carried on the evening as planned. After dinner was over and the wine was coming to an end we decided to hit the sack before a day of trekking the Torres del Paines wonders. This was about 10 minutes before 3 Americans turned up and pitched their tent up for FREE. Trust that to happen.