S&H trip to Arentina, Chile and Patagonia travel blog

flamingos in a sheltered small lake

Gaucho tending his sheep

Patagonia Steppe with some of the many sheep

Gauchos on the gallop

Unusual cloud formation showing strong winds


Rhea related to an ostrich


Guanaco, a cousin of the camel

Entering Torres del Paine National Park

Fabulous view of these majestic peaks


Entering the calmer lake in front on the Lago Grey glacier






View of lceburgs in the glacier graveyard


Flamingos & Blacknecked Swans

The Salto Grande waterfall we were unable to hike to due to...

Grandeur view spot

Upland geese


Huemul Deer, seldom seen


The color of these glacial lakes is so beautiful





Resident Red Fox at Hosteria Lago Grey where we stayed




Happy couple leaving the park

Day 12: Torres de Paine National Park

We traveled today that is said tobe one of the most remote and beautiful places in the world. Not many people visit Idaho, the Sawtooths and the White-clouds, either so the comment is a little off. Non-the-less, this is a spectacular place with water galore, lakes of various sizes and colors, and turquoise colored rivers, rugged snow-caped mountains, glaciers, and flowing fields of grass. The weather is also out-of-this-world. We were never sure what the wind would allow us to do. We had to abandon our first hike after 100 yards when the wind gusts blew us off the trial at 60 to 80 knots. Didn’t think we’d make it back to the bus. The 2 days and nights we were there, it never stopped. We did take a boat cruise to the Lago Grey Glacier on a cold blowy morning. Some of the boats had to cancel the afternoon before because the winds were too strong. We were lucky they had let up enough so ours wasn’t canceled. On the way up the lake we faced into the wind and the waves crashed over the bow to the point we could not see out the front windows. It was interesting when we got in the lee of glacier, the wind died down in a more protective area and we could get out on deck and enjoy the color and size of this huge mass of ice and snow that had 3 fingers. On our drives to find places to hike, we saw Flamingos, Rheas (an ostrich-like bird), Condors, Hvemuls (a small-pronghorn deer), Guanaco (a relative of the camel), and many water birds. This is a place where wind blows most of the time so hard you can hardly stand and blowing rain that stings the face.. We just wish we could have enjoyed this delightful place without the wretched wind. Two buses and a car were blown over shortly before we left the park. They weren’t ours, but the gusts felt like it could have been.

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