Are you going to Patagonia?

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On this planet, there are not many remaining wild places. Patagonia is almost the last piece of land where humans live, and it is a desperate place in South America.

The deserts, volcanoes and mountains in the Fury of the Wind, here gather the most insidious masterpieces of nature.

Where is Patagonia located?

The Patagonia region is mainly located in Argentina, and a small part belongs to Chile, consisting of vast grasslands and deserts.

It borders the Andes Mountains to the west, snow peaks and volcanoes reflect, glaciers intersect with dense forests, and there are a large number of national parks and nature reserves.

Although most of them are in Argentina, the classic soul of Patagonia is Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Get to know Patagonia

Before going to Punta Arenas, Chile, I didn't even know that there was another place in the world called Torres del Paine National Park.

The impression of Patagonia is only vaguely remembered that there is a world-class outdoor luxury brand called this name.

Got to know Torres del Paine, it was because one of the shipmates travelling with Antarctica went to Torres del Paine before Punta Arenas.

I talked with her for only a few words, I'm longing to visit Terres de Paine. After back to my cabin, I immediately downloaded the BBC documentary "Wild Patagonia", and finished it on the ship in Antarctica.

Then I started to regret it right away. I flew to Punta Arenas with great difficulty. Why did I go to Terres de Paine in 3-4 days?

I will definitely go to Torres del Paine in the future, but it is really tiring to fly to Punta Arenas again, because I'm from away, China. / Sean Bagshaw

Punta Arenas

Yes, to go to Torres del Paine, you must go to Punta Arenas first.

Punta Arenas is the beginning of a small number of travelers (about 10%) who set off to Antarctica, and the choice for more people is Ushuaia.

99% of Chinese people go to Punta Arenas to go to Antarctica.

And 90% of the westerners go to Punta Arenas to go to Torres del Paine.

Terres de Paine

Torres del Paine National Park, "National Geographic" magazine listed it as one of the 50 must-go places in life.

UNESCO awarded it the title of "World Biosphere Reserve".

"Lonely Planet" also rated it as the world's most beautiful wilderness wonder.

Snow mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, endless forests, and wild animals galloping freely. It is the most popular place in the entire South Patagonia region, and may even be the best national park on our planet.

How to rock roll in Terres de Paine

Take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales in about 3 hours, and then take a car from Puerto Natales for 2 hours to reach the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park.

Torres del Paine is suitable for long-distance camping, W line or O line trekking, W line 4-5 days, O line more than 10 days.

Real tough!

It is precisely because of this, Terres de Paine becomes the sacred place in the hearts of outdoor travelers around the world. The W route of Torres del Paine National Park won the crown of the world's best hiking route. / Zheng Xiao

Explora Patagonia and Awasi Patagonia

Hiking is naturally not suitable for me, what the most attractive to me are two hotels - Explora Patagonia and Awasi Patagonia.

Explora Patagonia

This hotel is where you can see the snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and glacial lakes while lying down. Maybe you haven't heard the name of this hotel, but I'm sure you will see the picture below.

I was inspired by this picture, it is in Torres del Paine.

The hotel offers more than 50 various half-day or full-day hiking and horseback riding activities, leading travelers to explore the ever-changing natural landscape of Torres del Paine National Park.

After hiking, you can also take a boat back to the hotel and observe the glacier collapse up close.

The hotel is all-inclusive. Generally, the package for 5 days and 4 nights is around 6000-10000 USD. There are only 49 rooms. It is often difficult to find a room in peak season.

I am going to save money first.

Awasi Patagonia

For any great travel destination, Relais & Châteaux is naturally indispensable. Awasi Patagonia belongs to Relais & Châteaux.

Imagine how fantastic it would be to incorporate Scandinavian minimalist design into the Chilean wilderness.

It is composed of 13 villas, each with its own guide and car, and a villa with 4 personal services, which is convenient for you to enjoy Torres del Paine National Park.

The appearance of these villas is simple like a wooden box, completely dissolved in the mountains. The interior space is extraordinary and refined, and the rural style and modern interpretation are equally divided in the design.

Of course, it is also very expensive, the all-inclusive price is 2980-5040USD per day. Money is really a good thing.

What to see and do in Terres de Paine?

#1 Hiking on Grey Glacier

Grey Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park. The entire glacier is 6 kilometers wide and more than 30 meters high, which is extremely spectacular. Once the glacier breaks, the process of a large amount of broken ice falling into the lake is exciting.

#2 Photograph Sunrise over Las Torres

The Three Towers of Torres (Las Torres) is the most iconic attraction in Torres del Paine National Park, with three peaks reaching into the sky like towering spires.

Need to go on foot, it is recommended to watch it at sunrise, because the three towers in Torres del Paine at this time are golden and red.

#3 Photograph the paine 'hornes' and main peaks

Los Cuernos – Peaking at 2600m in altitude, the Paine 'hornes' are spellbinding rock formations which actually dominate the landscape for much of the W-walk.

The saying of "the most insidious masterpiece of nature" is the best words to describe the main peaks in Terres de Paine.

#4 Watching those cute animals

In the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, you will find many wild animals, including more than 100 species of birds (including parakeets and flamingos), vicunas, jaguars, and endangered species Horse moose (a kind of deer).

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Elaina Chan Travel photographer and blogger, traveled over 30 countries and 100 destinations
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