TORRES DEL PAINE
PHOTO DIARY OF TORRES DEL PAINE
There are few times in my life where I can say I’ve seen a spectacular sunrise, let alone in an extremely remote location in southern Chile. Rising very early for the full day trek to the base of the Towers, our group was travelling in the Patagonia Camp van along a quiet road within the Torres del Paine National Park in darkness.
When we were close to the starting point of our trek, the morning eventually became lighter with violet hues naturally filtering the clear sky. We stopped so we could watch the moment pink morning rays crossed the granite massifs to illuminate the peaks. This sight would eventually welcome us up close later in the day.
As a seasoned walker but not yet acclaimed hiker, I’ve found a new appreciation for long and sometimes demanding walks if they are to be surrounded by nature as captivating and pristine as Patagonia.
IN SUMMARY | What you need to know….
– LOCATION – Torres del Paine, Chile South America
– TO DO – The Torres Base Trek is a 18km return full day excursion with an experienced guide that is included in the Regular All Inclusive program at Patagonia Camp
– 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 ©