Torres del Paine
Torres Del Paine is in Southern Chilean Patagonia and is one of Chile's premiere national parks. Southern Chile is mostly devoid of people. That lack of people really gives the park a feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. Driving 8-hours into the park from Punta Arenas, you immediately get the "feeling" of Patagonia. Even though it's the largest and most visited park in Chile, that doesn’t mean much. When I look back at the 10 days I spent there, I feel like there were a month's worth of experiences.
The Torres Del Paine Peaks are the centerpiece of the park - massive granite towers rising from a pristine Alpine lake. Even though the peaks were the focus, we discovered that every corner and niche of the park offered unique experiences, magic, and breath-taking beauty. We hiked and explored every day, finding new vistas and the bones of guanacos around most every corner, a result of the numerous pumas that inhabit the region.
High winds and changing weather greeted us every day.
It was a hikers and photographers dream come true. We drank water straight from the streams and watched the local gauchos herd sheep. Each night the stars would come out after neon sunsets, reminding us we were truly in a foreign land.
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