The fog was slowly unveiling the Torres del Paine. The rainbow was hanging over the snowy peaks of the surrounding mountains. The waters of the lake were getting rough as a strong wind was blowing. Our small backpacks were plenty of chocolate bars and sandwiches for a full day trek. Wearing sturdy shoes and a few layers of clothes for the changing weather of Patagonia; equipped with walking sticks, we left our hotel situated in the middle of the lake through a bridge connecting it with the road. We headed to the starting point of the Torres del Paine trek – one of the most beautiful and famous treks of the Chilean Patagonia.
The road to the starting point led through one of the most stunning mountain landscapes I have ever seen. On the way we passed by a herd of guanacos and a waterfall with a rainbow above it.
We left our car at the parking at the Hotel de las Torres. This is where our full day trek to the Torres del Paine base has started.
We crossed many wooden bridges hanging above a running river, which allowed only one person at a time. We walked on a path on a steep slope. I was scared to death and was trying not to look down at the river few hundred meters down. After two hours of walk we got to the Chilean refuge (Refugio Chileno) to get rest before the remaining part of the trek. However we were not aware that the most difficult part of it, was still ahead of us. The water from the river just behind the refugio Chileno is drinkable. We refilled our bottles for the rest of the trek.
Then again we crossed some wooden bridges of a poor construction. We passed by a couple of waterfalls. We crossed a black forest and finally we got to a steep slope full of huge rocks. In addition it was an hour of the most difficult climbing of this trek. From the lower parts we could see people looking like ants getting to the final part of the expedition – the viewpoints of Torres del Paine.
We were finally in front of the majestic Torres del Paine and their emerald lake. Although the last part was very tough the views were rewarding. Some brave and crazy guys had a swim in the icy waters of the lake. We spent almost an hour admiring the Torres del Paine. Then we hit the road back. On our way back on the same steep slope we had to pass 4 horses coming from the opposite direction. The horses supply the Refugio Chileno. I sat down in order to ensure I would not fall and slide down as the path was very narrow. At the same time I admired the person riding the horses on the path on the steep slope.
I must admit that this miracle of nature is well hidden somewhere in the Patagonian Mountains and the road is not suitable for everybody. It is a long way to get there and once we got there I thought for a while – almost 4 hours of treking, we take few pictures and we have to go back? There isn’t anything else to see? But in spite of my little disappointment it is really one of the places you have to see in Patagonia.
Once you are in Torres del Paine you should also visit the glacial Perito Moreno in Argentina. You can read about it HERE