Patagonia

Patagonia

Our travel through Patagonia has been the most rewarding experience of our trip.  We embarked on a 5 day / 4 night trek through the W-Circuit of Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region.

 

We started our journey with a few hour flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas... then a 3 hour bus ride to from Punta Arenas to the town of Puerto Natales... and from Puerto Natales another 3 hour bus ride to the entrace of Torres del Paine National Park... before finally jumping on a boat to the drop off point for our trek through the W-Circuit. Patagonia is not an easy place to get to, but the experience was absolutely worth it!

rainy arrival in Punta Arenas
rainy arrival in Punta Arenas
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dealing with banks and lost debit cards
dealing with banks and lost debit cards
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Lake Peho... prior to boat departure
Lake Peho... prior to boat departure
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Laura hanging by a waterfall
Laura hanging by a waterfall
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boat ride to drop off point
boat ride to drop off point

DAY 1:

Off the boat and onward we went, about a 4 hour hike to Camp Grey! 

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Flora Laura
Flora Laura
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filling up at one of many creeks... the agua was damn bueno
filling up at one of many creeks... the agua was damn bueno
2 more hours to glacier Grey
2 more hours to glacier Grey
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we have arrived at Camp Grey!
we have arrived at Camp Grey!

DAY 2:

Early morning hike down to the glacier, then off to our second campsite, Camp Paine Grande...

 

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DAY 3:

Enjoyed sunrise at Camp Paine Grande... then met up with our new friend Stav from Israel who joined us on our 8 hour hike to Camp Los Cuernos and our additional 2 hour side journey to the French Valley... 

 

Paine Grande
Paine Grande
a few nights in tents, but scored night two in a bed
a few nights in tents, but scored night two in a bed
off we go!
off we go!
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Stav!
Stav!
pit stop for a drink
pit stop for a drink
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view from French Valley
view from French Valley

DAY 4:

Los Cuernos to El Chileno, another 8 hour hike with incredible views... 

our home
our home
the neighbors
the neighbors
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our favorite cloud in South America
our favorite cloud in South America

Day 5:

The final ascend to the top of Torres.  We woke up at 4:30am, just before sunrise, to get an early start.  It would take us about 2 and a half hours to get to the peak.  Our hike started out with rain, then sun, and finally snow... 

morning view of Camp Chileno
morning view of Camp Chileno
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Laura mentally prepares for our ascend to the top
Laura mentally prepares for our ascend to the top
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Laura and Stav take cover from the freezing wind
Laura and Stav take cover from the freezing wind
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soaking in las Torres
soaking in las Torres
the imposing las Torres
the imposing las Torres

The reward at the top, las Torres, was incredible.  The moment surreal.  However our journey wasn't over after our summit, we then hiked another 4 hours to the bottom of the mountain where we caught a bus back into town... 

caracaras flying over Torres Hotel
caracaras flying over Torres Hotel
we lay out trusted hiking sticks to rest
we lay out trusted hiking sticks to rest
victory!  but the sad end to an amazing 5 days!
victory! but the sad end to an amazing 5 days!

Now that we are physically drained after our 5 day adventure it's time to party!  Next stop: Buenos Aires, Argentina...  

Kelly (Sean's sister) and Eric (her boyfriend) we will see you there!!!

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23 Comments on “Patagonia

  1. Everyone has taken my words, breathless, speechless, amazing, stunning. This adventure has materialized into more than I could have imagined; and you have just begun.
    . Thank you for sharing it with us all. You need to publish all of this when you get back.

  2. You guys are so lucky, I wish Papa and I did half of what you have done so far. God Bless. I’m looking forward to receiving more of your wonderful pictures. Thinking of you both with much love. Your Nana

    1. Thanks Nana, we are so glad you are able to follow us and see what we are up to. So much more to share when we return. Love and miss you!! xxo

  3. Just had dinner with Millie T and we were talking about you two! I am going to Patagonia Sept/Oct for 5 days and then onto wine country in Argentina.
    LOVED all of your photo’s of Patagonia! What is your camera? The shots are unreal!! Enjoy………..love watching your journey!
    xoxoGretchen

    1. You are going to have the best time! I tried to reply to your message a few weeks ago but it did not work, I’ll try again. We would love to provide recommendations for your vacation. I have been using the Sony Alpha a6000. It’s perfect for traveling!!

    1. It wouldn’t of been the same without you, so great to have experienced such a wonderful trip! Good luck on your journey and be safe! We hope to see you next in Israel and you are always welcome in Chicago! 🙂

  4. Laura and Sean the pictures look like paintings. Your adventure is beyond anything I have ever seen. Matt would love this! Daryl and I are loving following your journey. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy.

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