Torres del Paine

The three top attractions in Patagonia are: the Cerro Torre / FitzRoy range in the northern section of Parque Nacional Glaciares, the Perito Moreno Glacier in the southern section of the Parque Nacional Glaciares, both in Argentina, and the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Chile.

In previous posts, we have written about the first two – which are truly spectacular – but the attraction that has the most visually stunning impact out of the three is Torres del Paine.

It's much more powerful in real life...

The landscape leading into the Parque Nacional is nothing special. And then you see the granite Torres del Paine range. It is otherworldly; it looks like a Hollywood background. Even more so as the mountain range is fairly compact and is surrounded by fairly flat landscape in all directions.

The full Torres del Paine range.

As usual, our pictures do not do justice to this kind of grand landscape; this is what the word awesome was meant to describe.

With pictures like these, should GMC be sponsoring us, or what?

We camped at two different locations in the park: at the first one I did some fishing with a couple of new Chilean friends. I did not catch anything, neither did they, but on the other side of the river we were fishing, far enough away so that none of us could reach him, was the largest salmon, Chinook, I have ever seen. And he was coming up to the surface every so often in a Moby Dick like move to taunt us. Where’s Ahab when you need him?

H and friends caught nothing, but don't seem to be suffering.

At the second campsite we went for a long hike up to the eastern face of the Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine). Very pretty hike, with a gorgeous view at the end, but the last hour is a steep uphill, “a knee-popping scramble” per the Lonely Planet. I can’t speak for Karen, but my cartilage-depleted knees were poppin’ loud enough to cover my cursing at the youths who were overtaking us.

We hiked up this pretty valley, the end of the hike is towards the peaks on the left.

The view at the end of the hike: eastern face of Torres del Paine.

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One thought on “Torres del Paine

  1. In case you are not receiving the live feed while on the road, I wanted to send you the link to http://
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nasa-probe-offers-new-view-of-mercury-an-alien-world-right-in-our-back-yard/2012/03/22/gIQAt28bcS_story.html

    But I decided to check your blog first to see where in the world you are, and was pleasantly surprised to read your most recent post.

    You are not the first MacMeekin to visit Torres del Paine. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile 1964-66 (Santiago and Linares). One of the highlights of my time there was taking a small freighter from Puerto Montt to Punto Arenas and then hitchhiking to a sheep estancia north of Frigorifico. From there the very hospital manager drove us to a place where we had a terrific view of the Torres del Paine. The park wasn’t there yet (I don’t think) and we unfortunately didn’t get any closer.

    Cheers. Dan

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