Trekking in the Yosemite of South America
01.20.2012 - 01.24.2012
Before we left Santiago, I took this of Garrett and Delaney. Definitely brothers!
Our first stop in Patagonia was Punta Arenas, where we walked along the Straight o Magellon. Pretty cool to imagine all of the famous people that passed through this way on their way west. We thought of John Muir and Delaney´s decendet, Sam Brannan, on their way to San Francisco.
From there we took a bus up to Puerto Natales, the jumping off point for travelers to Torres Del Paine, where we made it the next day. Here was the first view we had from the entrance gate.
Since there was a fire recently in the park we weren´t able to do the famous W or Circuit hike, but we were able to do parts of both. We headed first to Campo Seron, which you see here. It was really crowded and loud at the camp, but we found solitude and wilderness during the hikes to and away.
The next day we did our longest day hike ever--20 miles out and back to Lago Dickson. This is where the next camp/refugio is, but since we would have to hike back anyway we decided to day hike instead of stay out there. From there and along the hike we had amazing views of the Glacier Dickson, beautiful and weird plants, and the Rio Paine.
We spent our third and fourth nights in the park at Campamento Chileno. It has a beautiful refugio, but we camped next to it in a grove of trees. It was a quieter camp and had a view of the tops of the torres.
We day hiked up to the Torres, the most famous view in the park the next day. This was like climbing up to the top of Yosemite falls. Absolutely beautiful, but steep trail. We had two hours of chill time at the lake where I was able to paint in my journal and Dealaney chilled. We were lucky to have perfect weather!
Right before we left we got a glimpse of the famous guanaco, an animal related to the llama. Pretty cool!