Backpack & Snorkel - Making Memorable Moments
Backpack and Snorkel - Making Memorable Moments

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Making Memorable Moments in Chilean Patagonia

We flew into Puntas Arenas and stayed there for one night before we drove on to Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Museo Nao Victoria in Punta Arenas

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. 

Nao Victoria - Magellan's ship at Museo Nao Victoria in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
Nao Victoria - Magellan's ship at Museo Nao Victoria in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
HMS Beagle - Darwin's ship at Museo Nao Victoria in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile
HMS Beagle - Darwin's ship at Museo Nao Victoria in Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

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

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.

Laguna Amarga in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
White Salt Crust at Laguna Amarga in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Mirador Nordenskjöld

This lake is absolutely impressive with its light blue color in front of the majestic Torres.

Mirador Nordenskjöld in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Mirador Nordenskjöld in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Salto Grande

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.

Salto Grande Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Salto Grande Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Cascada Rio Paine

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.

Cascada Rio Paine in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Cascada Rio Paine in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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