Chile, a country that stretches along the West Coast of South America; It is definitely a place for traveler who would like an experience from one of the hottest places on earth, Atacama Desert in the north, to one of the coldest places on earth, Pantagonia in the south. Both offer different perspectives of Chile. Unfortunately, a 2.5 weeks trip was not enough for me to cover both places at a go. So I will have to leave Atacama Desert as my top reason to re-visit Chile again in the near future.
As a traveler from Asia, sitting in a plane for almost 30 hours to Pantagonia is a real pain in the a*s*. But as soon as I reached the finest national park in Patagonia – Torres Del Paine, I cease to feel any lethargy anymore. The next thing I knew, I was on a bus shooting some of the most beautiful sceneries for my photo album.
I’m not sure how to describe the beauty of Torres Del Paine in words. Be it the amazing turquoise lake Sarmiento, Nordenskjold, Pehoe and Grey, the floating blue iceberg, the iconic grey granite mountain spires, or the churning wildlife. All of them are just a perfect combination to what a national park has to offer.
Since the weather in Torres Del Paine is extreme, the best time to visit the park is between October to April in spring and summer. Even spring and summer can be extremely cold with chilly breeze, so it is safer to pack variable types of clothing for the park. If time and health permit, challenge yourselves the “W” circuit hike around the park. Well, be warned, it’s going to be a grueling 4-7 days challenge. Remember to prep all the foods and drinks, as far as I could remember, I didn’t notice any F&B outlets there. Even if there is one, it’s most probably pricy!
Apart from the aforementioned, one should never miss a cruise-tour to the Glacier Balmaceda and Serrano. A whole day tour will give you an extra insight about the life of condors and sea lions. Both glaciers may be smaller in size to the Argentina’s Perito Moreno, but they have full of surprises for the visitors. “Turismo 21 de Mayo” operates the tour daily, departing from Puerto Natales.
For nature lovers, Torres Del Paine should be at the top of your list. Trust me, you are never going to regret the long hours of buses and flights, it is worth all the time and effort. And I hope my pictures can do justice for this beautiful park.
How to get to Torre Del Paine:
Start with flight: Punta Arenas, Chile is just 3 hours away from Santiago, Chile. LAN flies 2-3 times daily.
Continue with bus: Puerto Natales, Chile is just 3 hours away from Punta Arenas, Chile. Fernandez runs almost every hour daily.