PHOTO DIARY OF GLACIER GREY
On an overcast day in the remote Torres del Paine National Park in the south of Chile, our Patagonia Camp guide reassured us it was the weather to see the glacier blues pop. When the tour stopped briefly at the cosy Lago Grey Hotel for the guide to collect the navigation tickets, I stepped inside and was immediately awe struck from the views from the lobby to the restaurant. Even behind glass, the sight just in front of me was like nothing I’ve seen before in real life, floating icebergs that glowed against the contrast of the black sand. Our guide was so right.
We took a wavy walk across the Lago Pingo bridge made for just six people at a time over rapidly flowing water from all the rain and through the spectacular Lenga forest to put our feet on the coarse black sand seen from the hotel windows. Transported to Grey II by a smaller motorised dinghy we cruised Lago Grey past many incredible iceberg formations till we reached Glacier Grey up close. During the three hour navigation there was some light rain while we were standing outside on the deck admiring the towering glacier and at that point it was the coldest feeling of my life.
IN SUMMARY | What you need to know….
– LOCATION – Torres del Paine, Chile South America
– TO DO – The Glacier Grey navigation for up to 50 passengers is one of the five extra excursions available at an additional cost of CLP 55,000 per person
– STAY – Patagonia Camp
Originally booked just Bed & Breakfast but decided to upgrade to the Regular All Inclusive
Our 5 night program included return transfers from Punta Arenas, full board (buffet brekky, lunch, 3 course or buffet dinner), open bar (house wines, standard liquors, drinks on excursions), daily standard shared excursions to Torres del Paine inc Entrance fees, Spanish/English guides and a free night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Santiago
Camino Milodón – Porteño Km 74, Torres del Paine, Chile South America
– FLY – Qantas Premium Economy to Santiago (SCL) and LAN from SCL to Punta Arenas (PUQ)
– TRANSFERS – Transfers are included in the Regular All Inclusive Program from Punta Arenas (or other select locations) to Patagonia Camp return or can be organised separately for an additional cost
Photos by Mel McLeod ©