Torres del Paine

March 22, 2013

I boarded the Navimag ferry headed south through the Patagonia fjords. The four day/three night journey was a perfect entry into the region - forests, glaciers, shipwrecks - ultimately arriving in Puerto Natales.

 
After renting gear and buying supplies, I set out (with three others) for the six day backpacking adventure. One of the top rated treks in the world, Torres del Paine did not disappoint. We were prepared for the worst of weather, but got strictly sunshine the entire time.
 
It was truly a magical place, and I was lucky to share it with some very incredible people!
 
 
NAVIMAG
Puerto Montt port town - Navimag embarking
 
Monster chess board. I spared the boat from my hack skills. 
 
 
 
The Cotopaxi or Capitán Leonidas' shipwreck has been there since 1889. What felt like seconds ticked as we flew by - could've stayed hours.  
 
My first Patagonia glacier...there would be MANY more to come!

 

Arrived safely to Puerto Natales.

 

TORRES DEL PAINE

Views like this before even starting the trek were a sign of good things to come. 

 

 

Early morning rise for a hike in the dark and the sunrise on the Torres. Breathtaking. And also freezing. 

 

 

 

Two days later: the view back down the hill on our way up Valle Frances. 

 

Or the other view of Valle Frances. 

 

Sunset and sunrise in Paine Grande.

 

 

Torched areas on account of a cigarette butt. Sad but haunting. Only 3 years later, there was incredible regrowth.

 

Hiking out amongst the golden fields of Patagonia.

 

Made it safe and sound back to civilization.

 

 


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