As it was really cold in Southern-Chile at the time I was there, I decided to go on a one day tour to the Torres del Paine National Park. This time, I collaborated with Turismo Selknam to see the park. The agency is located in Punta Arenas at Pedro Montt 913.
First Stop: Puerto Natales
The bus picked me up around 5am. I was very tired. We had a very energetic and positive Spanish speaking guide. She was great fun. Unfortunately, I did not understand half the things she was saying, because she spoke very fast Spanish, but she was very entertaining. The first stop was at Puerto Natales, which is the closest city to Torres del Paine. The town was completely uninspiring. As a matter of fact, it reminded me of a scenery of a Hitchcock movie.
When we arrived to the National Park, the guide got us all in as Chilean residents as opposed to tourists, so she saved us all like $10. She was great!
Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine is one of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen in my life and believe me I have seen many places around the World. They took us to the Blue Massif, which was a beautiful turquoise lake with the mountains in the background. It was breathtaking.
We stopped by the Lago Pehoe. It was incredibly blue. We saw many interesting animals that live in the Torres del Peine such as guanacos, ñandus and condors. Next stop was at the Salto Grande Waterfalls, where we hiked for about an hour. The mountains were covered with snow. It was cold and it was snowing, but the scenery was out of a dream.
We also visited the Lago Grey, a beautiful glacier. Unfortunately the glacier is getting smaller and smaller because of global warming. Our tour guide, brought a bottle of whiskey and served everyone with whiskey with ice from the glacier. The glacier was so crystal clear that you could drink the ice from it.
The last stop was at the Milodon Cave. It was a beautiful rock formation. It was also a glacier about a 1000 years ago, but the glacier melted and the only thing was left behind was a giant cave today. The place is famous, because in 1895 they found parts of the prehistoric animal called milodon here. Today there is a large statue of this magnificent animal.
The tour was really spectacular and I fell in love with Chile after seeing the Torres del Paine. They dropped me off in Puerto Natales after the tour as I was headed North to Argentina from there. I promised myself to return one day and spend more time in this beautiful park.
Disclosure: I participated in the above excursion free of charge for the purpose of this review. But as always all opinions are my own.
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