Exploring the Patagonia Region

Torres del Paine in the Patagonia Region

After our first taste of Patagonia in Bariloche, we were ready to see more of the snow-capped mountains and pristine lakes that are the main features of the area. For our next leg of our Patagonia exploration, we flew to Coyhaique. This meant that we would skip the Queulat’s hanging glacier near Puyuhuapi. We were fine … Read more

Torres del Paine W Trek

The towers of the Torres del Paine W Trek

Jagged mountain peaks line the sky, glaciers cling to the rugged landscape, streams cascade into turquoise lakes. The lakes, at times calm with a surface of mirrors, at other times breaking waves, speak of her changing moods. This is Torres del Paine National Park. A place of extreme weather and beauty that draws people from … Read more

Hiking the W Trek in Torres del Paine

From the Q Trail Torres del Paine

Everyone we met that had been to Torres del Paine raved about it. The trek had been on their bucket list for years. It is so popular that campgrounds in the park sell out several months in advance. We were in North Brazil having just left one of the most beautiful places we had seen … Read more

Day Hikes in El Chalten

Fitz Roy; El Chalten

My first view of El Chalten was from the window of the overnight bus that we took after crossing the border from Chile. With the early morning sun already shining brightly in the distant horizon, we walked along promenade-like Güemes street. El Chalten is considered the hiking capital of Argentina. Among the art installations along … Read more

This Glacier is Advancing

Perito Moreno Glacier

The Los Glaciares National Park is home to incredible glaciers such as Perito Moreno, Upsala, Viedma, and the Spegazzini. The Perito Moreno Glacier extends from the Patagonian Icefields which is the third largest in the world (the largest being Antarctica followed by Greenland). When snow accumulates at the top of mountains and survives a summer … Read more

The Marble Caves of Chile

The Marble Caves Chile

Imagine being in a cave with marble walls. Colorful veins in the stone make intricate patterns all around you. You reach out and run your hand across the surface and feel the cold from the stone sapping the warmth from your hand. The marble has a million miniscule ridges carved out by wind and water … Read more

Climbing a Castle: Cerro Castillo Patagonia

Snow crossing on the way to the Cerro Castillo Laguna

At 10,000 Chilean pesos (US$15) per person, the entrance fee to hike up Cerro Castillo is steeper than the climb itself. It’s possibly the most expensive hike fee in Latin America. It’s a stunning hike, no doubt, but we got to do it for free. At first, it was CLP2,000, then it jumped to CLP5,000 … Read more

Introduction to Patagonia: Bariloche Argentina

Trin on a log on Largo Hermosa

Patagonia You might have some outdoor gear or clothing with a label that says Patagonia. Did you know that the logo for this company is the outline of Mt Fitz Roy located in the real place called Patagonia? The Patagonia region is in South America encompassing the lower portion of both Argentina and Chile. The land mass within … Read more

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