I met my friend Sarka in Puerto Natales.
I first met Sarka in San Augustine, Colombia and we went horseback riding. I saw her again in Quito, Ecuador and we shared a meal. Once again in Banos, Ecuador and we went out for a drink. Then in Ushuaia, we connected again. It's a small world.
It was in Ushuaia that we discussed that we were both heading to Torres del Paine and we decided to try to meet up and trek together.
Torres del Paine National Park is a park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in the southern Chilean Patagonia. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales. The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif.
Sarka and I met at the Erratic Rock Hostel which hosts a briefing every day with good info about trekking in the Torres del Paine Park. After the briefing, we assembled our gear, bought groceries and purchased bus tickets to the park. The next day we would start our trek.
Here is a satellite image of what the terrain really looks like...lakes, valleys and mountains.
Hopefully as we trekked the W we would have a chance to see the Torres del Paine, French Valley and Grey Glacier.
Was it a sign of good luck to come... a rainbow greeted us at the start.
There were refugios (cabins) in the park, but we elected to camp and pack our own gear.
Count the colors if you can.Torres del Paine.
We made it.
The water was so clean that we drank it straight from the river without purifying it. Typically a wilderness no-no, but in Torres Del Paine the river water is safe to drink.
These trees were like bonsai trees... only they were crafted by mother nature.
And a kaleidoscope of colors on the other.
forest fire in December 2011.
trekker that started the fire said that he was trying to burn some paper to dispose of it.
Kids...don't play with matches.
The outlined figure kind of looks like Jesus preaching... doesn't it?
To see Glacier Grey