New Photos – Torres del Paine

One of the highlights of Chilean Patagonia is definitely the mountains and peaks in Torres del Paine National Park. We planned to catch the Navimag ferry from Puerto Natales, Chile in a few days and it was a convenient location because the national park was only an hour dive outside of Natales. Torres del Paine is notorious for bad weather and since we were there during the end of winter, we did not know quite what to expect. Some people travel half way around the world to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Cordillera del Paine only to return home disappointed because the peaks were obscured by clouds. Since we only had a few days to spend in the park, we hoped our luck would be a little better. We entered the park, it was after dark and the weather was already bad. We were greeted by strong winds and rain as we set up camp and the wind continued to keep us awake all night. The next morning, the rain had let up a bit but the wind was still howling. We had nothing better to do, so we waited and hoped for a break in the weather. Luckily, we did get a break that was big enough and long enough to see just how amazing the mountains in Torres del Paine really are. The previous night, we had no idea how close we were to the Cordillera, but once the clouds lifted, they revealed themselves to be just on the other side of the lake we were camping next to. Patagonia is an amazing place and the mountains in Torres del Paine combined with the local wildlife add to the splendor and beauty of this one-of-a-kind area.

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