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Hike with Me in Patagonia – 18 photos

Arriving in Puerta Natales - the gateway to Torres del Paine

Patagonia – Torres del Paine National Park in particular – is an incredible destination for solo travelers.

It was my “big” trip last year. Flying to Santiago, enjoying colorful Valparaiso, taking the Navimag Ferry through the fjords south to the Puerto Natales and, finally, hiking in Patagonia.

I have written many posts about it. You will find a summary in this Solo Travel Chile Guide that I put together.

But here, I’d like to share with you the experience of hiking the fantastic Torres del Paine.

Excitement mounts as you enter the actual national park.

I decided to go up the right side of the "W" first as the weather was good. You don't want to miss the towers in the sunshine. This is the bridge that begins the trail.

The trail follows this valley for quite a while.

I hiked and camped with Noemie who I met on the Navimag Ferry. Here, she is dwarfed by the mountains.

We spent the first night in the campground below the Towers.

Nearing the top. The towers are peaking out. The orange polls indicate the trail.

And we made it to the grand prize - the Towers in Torres del Paine.

Coming back along the same trail in the opposite direction. From this perspective, it's hard to believe that there are such peaks so close..

We headed to the other side of the "W" by shuttle, bus and catamaran. Everyone had to walk across the bridge and the shuttle bus went empty.

Hot chocolate and biscuits on the catamaran were a treat.

The view from the catamaran was magnificent as well.

Pisco Sours top off the day.

Storybook drama in the sky that evening.

The hike that day included the Grey Glacier.

It was windy at that lookout.

Stunning aqua lake. I then took a bus back to Puerto Natalies

After three days of very simple food I enjoyed the best seafood stew at Restaurant El Maritimo in Puerto Natales.

 

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  • Dottie Manalo Libiran

    Wow! Amazing. I just hope i can start again what i love to do…travel alone.

  • Corinne Vail

    Beautiful! I am thinking of a Patagonia trip this year or next. Is two weeks enough do you think?

  • fadelj

    Thank you so much Janice for the blog. I’ll be there in about two weeks and your advice has been taken.

  • Dan Monti

    Looks just spectacular. Wish I could make it there one day.

  • http://solotravelerblog.com Janice Waugh

    Glad you enjoyed. I hope it’s a bit of inspiration.

    Janice

  • Laurie Yankowitz

    Thank you for enabling some vicarious traveling in an amazing place!

  • Jaclaudia

    Wow!

  • http://www.thespainscoop.com/ The Spain Scoop – Reg

    These photos are so inspiring! Going on the Bucket List!

  • Barbara

    Wow! Thanks for the visual trip. I especially like the seafood stew, but the mountains also look incredible.

  • Wi1dmo

    Brings back memories of my solo trip 8 years ago……You should also go to Perito Moreno in Argentina.We did that prior to Torres.It is the most awesome site and sounds of an amazing glacier like no other.I went to South America for 2 weeksand stayed 5MONTHS.Incredible place.

  • http://whichhotel4me.com/ Spencer

    Great selection of photos. They capture the beauty of the area well.

  • http://besttbilisihotels.com/ Mary fr

    What a nice mix of colors in the sky :)
    Great views !!!

  • solotraveler

    Yes, one day I hope you get there. Here’s a link to a guide to all my posts on Chile http://solotravelerblog.com/solo-travel-chile-guide/ Have fun!

  • solotraveler

    Patagonia is well worth it. Here is a link to a guide I wrote to all my posts on Chile. http://solotravelerblog.com/solo-travel-chile-guide/

  • solotraveler

    I only did the two sides of the W which took 3 days. The full W is about 4 and the full circuit is about 7. There’s not much to do in Puerto Natalies so I would recommend the Ferry down and a flight out. Here’s a link to my whole section on doing Chile http://solotravelerblog.com/solo-travel-chile-guide/

  • Matt

    Would you recommend the ferry if I only have 14 days there?

  • http://girlstrektoo.com/blog Cara Lopez Lee

    Beautiful, stupendous, motivating! Patagonia is the next big travel goal for my husband and me. However, we may be doing a humble jaunt to Mexico again this year while we continue to save up for the big trek!

  • http://www.travelwhimsy.com/ Prana

    Wonderful post!  We’ll be hitting up Santiago after Machu Picchu later this year, but won’t have time to hike the Patagonia.  One day….

  • thetravelchica

    Great post!  Didn’t get to hike in Torres del Paine because of the fire, so I’ll have to go back to patagonia one day.

  • http://twitter.com/redhunttravel Red Hunt

    Great post, Patagonia always looks stunning, I’m surprised I’ve never been yet. Loved the pictures of the Towers and the Hot Chocolate on the catamaran!

  • http://hikebiketravel.com/ Leigh_mcadam

    This trip is so high on my wish list – and hoping now for January 2014 – sounds like such a long time from now but dreaming and planning is part of the fun. Wonderful photos.

  • http://www.hotelsinbatumi.com/ Kristina

    It’s a mountainous and very beautiful place :)

About Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 8.52.44 PMI'm an author, blogger, speaker and traveler. I became a widow and empty-nester at about the same time. And then, I became Solo Traveler... Here's the full story. >>
Tracey NesbittI’m a writer, editor, food and wine fanatic, and traveler. On my very first trip abroad I learned that solo travel was for me. Here's the full story. >>

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