The drive from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile was a long, bumpy one! It took us most of the day to meet up with our private transport at the border between Argentina and Chile.
At the border where we patiently waited to hop off the public bus and scan our luggage, I spotted a grey fox! One of my favorite parts of traveling is spotting wildlife!
We stopped for lunch at the border and met up with our private transportation. From there, we enjoyed a short driving tour of some sights on our way to Torres del Paine National Park.
We arrived at our campsite and I set out to explore my new surroundings. There were several streams running nearby with cute little bridges to cross over.
See how dirty the water is below? It was extremely, extremely windy the day we arrived in the park. In fact, it was so windy, they shut down a few of the hiking trails that day because it was too dangerous. Someone actually went hiking when they weren’t supposed to and blew off the side of the mountain and died! The wind in Patagonia is no joke!
I didn’t mind the super dirty water until it clogged the bathroom pipes at the campsite and they had to close the bath houses for the night and most of the next day.
My tent for the next 3 nights. This guy was amazing! Even though the wind reached 90 mph gusts, I stayed warm and safe inside!
We had an amazing view from our campsite.
After our two days spent hiking in the park, we went on another short driving tour of other areas of the park.
If you look towards the middle of the picture below, you’ll see a faint rainbow.
Torres del Paine National Park is HUGE! I couldn’t believe there were still so many sights we hadn’t seen yet.
I wouldn’t mind living on that island with such beautiful views year round!
We visited Grey Lake and got to see some icebergs up close. If you look towards the upper left, you can see the glacier where all the ice was coming from.
The clouds in Patagonia were so unique compared to anywhere else I have been. Our guide told us it all has to do with the crazy wind!
Icebergs up close!
I had a tough time sleeping the first night in the park because it was so windy! I kept waking up to our tent shaking. The next day wasn’t AS windy as the day before, but it was still too windy for us to do our big hike.
Instead, we set out to hike towards “Refugio Los Cuernos” aka “The Horns’ Lodge.”
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