People talk about ‘once in a lifetime’ trips and South America’s pointed tip is often cited as one of them, but once you’ve seen Southern Patagonia, something will probably pull you back. Mountain gazing is addictive.
Despite years living in and travelling around Chile, the sheer magnitude of the landscapes still saw me dumbstruck, magnetised by the sight of the crags and peaks.
On a whistle-stop visit to Torres del Paine, travelling in a 4WD with my local guide Gonzalo, we forded rivers that took us to some of the most out-of-the-way spots, as well as the most famous viewpoints. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the trip.
On the water’s edge at Lago Pehoé, Chile
The magnificence of Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier
Taking in the views of Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina
Mount Fitzroy rises prominently from the Chaltén mountain range
Lago and Cerro Torre, with glacial ice, El Chaltén
A lone guanaco dwarfed by the Torres del Paine range, Chile
Working horses in a corral near Torres del Paine, Chile
The gaucho life
Views of El Chaltén from the Lago Torres trek
The herbivorous guanaco and their favoured red mata guanaco bush
Los Cuernos, or the horns, of Torres del Paine National Park
The bridge over Lago Pehoé, with the Cuernos and Paine Grande
Ice from Glacier Grey and the day’s last light on the peaks, Chile
Ice and moraine of Pia Glacier and Pia Fjord, near the Darwin Range
King cormorants on Tucker Islets
Wulaia Bay, once the site of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement, Tierra del Fuego