On our second day hiking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, we decided to take it easy and venture out to Laguna Torre, after a long, grueling day hiking to Pliegue Tumbado the day before (getting lost on the return through an unmarked trail, 2-3 hours from the trailhead with the sun starting to set, howling winds, traversing across a steep hillside we consistently slipped and fell on, thick forests to go downhill through with thigh high fresh snow and a canopy that blocked out the sky, etc etc.) So, the hike to Laguna Torre, a relatively easy marked trail, was a nice respite on our tired bodies. Most of the way out to the lake, there were overcast clouds that covered up the skyline and mountain range. It wasn’t until we arrived to the lake at the base of the glacier and Cerro Torre peaks, that the sun popped out and broke up the clouds. After taking hundreds of photos and enjoying lunch in front of the most amazing scenery, we hightailed it back to spots along the trail we knew would be amazing with the sun out. This spot was one of them. The water in this half thawed, half frozen creek, with branches stuck haphazardly in the ice, framed and reflected the Cerro Torre peaks so perfectly. You couldn’t ask for a better scenery.
Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten, Santa Cruz Province
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Hello everyone! I’m finally back from my month long adventure in Argentina and Chile, exploring the wilds of beautiful Patagonia. Looking forward to sharing with you over the next few months the boatload of pics from my travels. I keep saying how windy it is down there, but this picture perfectly captures just how windy it really is. We were on our way to the King Penguin colony on Tierra del Fuego, when our tour guide operator pulled over to see this. This is a tree that never had a chance to grow straight up, due to the fierce 60-80mph plus winds almost year round. We were there during the spring, when it is supposedly mild, and let me tell you, I had trouble standing still to take this photo. I was tempted to lie flat on the ground but found a momentary blip of calm to snap away. This is such an iconic image in Patagonia, that a Chilean beer maker called Cerveza Austral, has a similar shot on the label of their dark lager (https://www.hablemosdecerveza.cl/en/our-beers/varieties/#austral-yagan-dark-ale). Let alone the beauty and oddity of a tree grown sideways, showing the harsh and violent conditions of life in Patagonia, I just love the stunning sky and clouds behind, set against the barren remains of a foundation. It is as if the wind came through and blew the house away, while the tree is holding on for dear life.
Tierra del Fuego, Chile
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