Puerto Natales, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park
March 13, 2018
Temp. Range 40-51F
Showers possible all day
By 8:30 am we were in Zodiacs being transported ashore to Puerto Natales.
Three clean and comfy buses were awaiting to take us on the 1.5 hour
drive through the Chilean countryside to the Torres del Paine National Park.
Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, it was voted the 8th wonder of
the world in 2014 by people from all over the world!
This park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains,
bright blue icebergs and ice floes that cleave from many glaciers, and golden
pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos.
Lake Grey, the Grey Glacier visible left of photo.
Lake Grey with blue ice floe and the Grey Glacier. . . . . light rain falling.
A small iceberg.
Wish we'd had time to kayak there.
Following the tasty lunch, we moved on to the central area of the park consisting
of the alpine massif with three imposing granite 'Torres' or towers that reach
over 10,000 feet, together with several lesser 'Cuernos' or horns which are formed
of black shale.
It was quite cloudy with light rain, however we did get quite good views of this
spectacular landscape. . . . . . .
. . . . . . here's a photo to whet your appetite - next time in Part II I'll show you much more!