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We flew into Puntas Arenas and stayed there for one night before we drove on to Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park.
This open air museum has wonderful replicas of the Nao Victoria, the ship that Magellan sailed around the world in a little over 3 years, and the HMS Beagle, the ship on which Charles Darwin travelled around the world for 5 years which eventually helped him formulate the theory of evolution. You can go onto the ships and into the ship’s interiors. There are placards that provide information about the ship and its crew. We were amazed by how small the ships were and how the crew would spends years on these ships.
Torres del Paine National Park is one of the largest parks in Chile and it gets about 252,000 visitors per year. The Torres del Paine are three distinctive mountain peaks which are up to 8,200 ft (2500 m) tall - Torres d'Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzino.
Laguna Amarga has an impressive medium blue color. The vista point is elevated and provides a wonderful view of the lake, the mountains and the prairie. It also has an unreal looking white salt crust that covers everything at the water’s edge, even the plants. I went down to the water to investigate, because it looks so unreal.
This lake is absolutely impressive with its light blue color in front of the majestic Torres.
What would a mountainous region be without its waterfalls? Salto Grande is a waterfall on the Paine River between Lago Nordenskjöld and Lago Pehoé. There is a parking lot and an easy hiking trail to get to the fall. In the distance you can see the light blue waters of Mirador Nordenskjöld.
Cascada Rio Paine is a cascade or waterfall on the Paine river. On the way to get there, you drive by small canyons that this river has dug for thousands of years. The fall is a short walk from the parking lot. Maybe because of its triangular shape, it somehow reminded me of the Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.