Fantasy Friday – Torres del Paine, Patagonia
I used to have a blog where I talked about all the places I dreamed about traveling to, and I loved researching the various activities and sights to see all around the world. Simon loved looking forward to reading about the next destination that I fantasized about and requested a resurrection of ‘Fantasy Friday’ on this blog.
So here we go! I hope you enjoy the first edition of Fantasy Friday, where we will focus on wild spaces that we think we could take more than a few good photos.
I’m going to start by heading down south, all the way to South America. Chile to be exact. To Torres del Paine, Patagonia…
Located in the southern tip of Chile, Torres del Paine is home to several species that we would absolutely love to capture with our cameras, including the puma, the Chilla Fox, the Andean Condor, and the Culpeo Fox. (Simon’s insert: two species of fox?! I’m in!!)
According to EcoCamp Patagonia:
“At the Southern tip of the Andes in Chile lies Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere and home to some of the world’s most classic trekking routes. The park is located in Chile’s southernmost and largest region, Magellanes and Chilean Antarctica, where the main economic activities are sheep farming, oil extraction and tourism. The population density is sparse at 1.1 per km² but the region’s main city Punta Arenas is home to 120,000 people. The park encompasses ancient forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers and fjords, and fauna including guanacos, foxes, pumas and a diverse array of birds. The park draws in approximately 100,000 visitors each year who visit the Paine Towers, Los Cuernos, French Valley and Grey Glacier.”
Aside from photographing during every second of daylight, it would also be great to do some exploring and hiking.
This circuit sounds right up our alley:
“Hike the W Circuit: From west to east: bus to Visitors Centre/Administration, hike via Campamento Las Carretas to Refugio Paine Grande (17.5 km), sleep first night there, hike to Refugio Grey or Campamento Las Guardas (beautiful view of Grey Glacier) and back to Refugio Paine Grande (15 km), sleep at Refugio Paine Grande, hike to Campamento Italiano (7.6 km), sleep there, hike to Campamento Britanico and the Mirador of Vallé Frances (beautiful view on the snow-covered summits) and back (15 km), sleep at Campamento Italiano, hike to Hosteria Las Torres (16.5 km), sleep there, hike to Campamento Torres and Mirador Torres (beautiful view of the three torres) and back (10 km). Minibus to the Laguna Amarga park gate.”
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