In 2018 I was fortunate enough to visit Patagonia for the first time. My journey took me from Puerto Natales by boat into Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
The area is famed for its wild weather, and as I was to experience, it lived up to its raucous reputation.
Traveling towards Mount Balmaceda by boat from Puerto Natales up the Última Esperanza Fjord.
Traveling by boat offers fantastic views that are missed if you travel into the park by road.
The weather in Patagonia is highly changeable. A sunny day can quickly be overtaken by a squall without warning.
Approaching the Balmaceda Glacier. The glacier is in retreat due to climate change and no longer reaches the fjord below.
Freshly calved ice sits in the lake in front of the Serrano Glacier.
For the last leg of the journey, we swap from the ferry into rubber dinghies. In front of us is the first sight of the majestic Torres Del Paine National Park.
On arrival in Torres del Paine, we pitch up at a spot with a majestic view.
A short walk up the hillside from our camping spot gives us a great view of the Torres del Paine granite massif and Lake Pehoe in the foreground.
The view from the W Trail looking back towards our camping spot.
The view from the hiking trail in the French Valley which forms part of the W trek circuit.
The three granite towers of Torres del Paine illuminated at sunrise at the end of the W trek circuit.
If you’re interested in visiting, check out the national park website for more information. If you would like to take the boat from Puerto Natales into Torres del Paine then please visit Turismo 21 de Mayo for more information and booking.
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