Fog, Dirt Roads and Guanacos

Patagonia
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xsamerica_largePhoto credit. Patagonia is South America’s mysterious and beautiful southern-most region- full of Andes‘ panoramics, guanacos, glaciers and trekking.

Our Patagonian experience included El CalafateTorres del Paine National Park and El Chaltén. If you google these places, you will be blown away by the images shown. This is an incredibly amazing place. HOWEVER, what you may not be shown, is that in Patagonia’s fall season, which is when we happened to visit— there may be— there WILL be— an ungodly amount of fog and frost. You may also not be given the very important information that there will be no buses that will take you to Torres del Paine National Park in the off-season on the days you want- and that your only option will be to rent a very expensive car- that is only manual- a “cheverlot classica” that will most definitely slide off the frosted national park road should you dare to press on the brakes at any given moment. There won’t be a gas station near the National Park and you WILL have to drive 2 hours south to Puerto Natales to gas up, get water and buy reasonably priced food that you will eat curled up in your expensive, somehow “heat-free” hotel room.

FullSizeRender (44)Border crossing between Chile and Argentina in the fog.

But we will not let this deter us. We WILL see the “torres”, the towers of Paine; we WILL hike the Fitz Roy range and Tim will cry; we WILL bask in the beauty and the glory of the wild guanacos and Tim will document endless footage of them with commentary and giggles. I WILL gasp in awe at the Perito Moreno Glacier, with the small thirty minute window we had when the fog cleared- to witness this massive beast. And I WILL be forever grateful for all the money, time and effort it took us to get here.

Yes, this was our Patagonian experience. It was beautiful, difficult, amazing and annoying- all at the same time.

FullSizeRender (28)Torres del Paine National Park. After 3 days of fog, we were able to have an incredible view of the mountains.

FullSizeRender (36)Guanacos at Torres del Paine National Park.

FullSizeRender (37)Our last day as the fog cleared- and we were able to see just how beautiful this place is.

PAtagonia_map_MPhoto credit. Patagonia.

FullSizeRender (25)Hiking up to the torres at Torres del Paine National Park.

FullSizeRender (41)At the top of the Mirador de Torres. Salud!

FullSizeRender (42)Love in the wilderness.

IMG_8099Hiking down from the torres at dusk.

FullSizeRender (29)El Chaltén. A charming little trekking mecca.

FullSizeRender (33)The Fitz Roy Range. Absolutely spectacular!

FullSizeRender (32).jpgHiking the Fitz Roy Range.

FullSizeRender (31)Old shelter hiking the Fitz Roy Range.

FullSizeRender (30)Hiking the Fitz Roy Range.

IMG_8106Little house in El Chaltén.

FullSizeRender (27)Tim walking the slippery planks to our hosteria in the fog.

FullSizeRender (46)El Calafate.

FullSizeRender (45)El Calafate.

FullSizeRender (47)El Calafate.

FullSizeRender (43)70 meters of ice- the Perito Moreno Glacier.

FullSizeRender (35)Our Patagonian adventure has come to an end.  Off to wine-country: Mendoza!

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3 thoughts on “Fog, Dirt Roads and Guanacos

  1. Beautiful imagery! I never made it to the south of Argentina when I lived there so I’m glad you did! Who knew it was such a pain(e) to get there in the off season? Glad you were able to get some spectacular views before leaving. Love it!

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