Lakes, Patagonia and Torres del Paine
In the south of Chile are the wonderfully scenic areas of lakes and mountains around Pucon and Puerto Varas and then further south lies the wilderness of Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park.
The lakes area is a photographer’s dream. Towering peaks rise above forested green slopes and clear blue lakes and there is also a vast array of flora and fauna. Outdoor sports range from hiking and trekking – on foot or horseback – to all types of watersports.
Torres del Paine National Park is the most famous in Patagonia. This area of outstanding natural beauty with mountains, turquoise lakes, rivers and waterfalls is totally unforgettable. Particularly memorable is Lago Grey and the glacier of the same name, which are best appreciated by boat navigating between vivid blue icebergs.
Those seeking to experience Patagonia can choose between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine itself. Puerto Natales is some 180 miles from Punta Arenas, the main airport serving this area, on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza Sound. It has fine hotels, natural attractions of its own and is only about11/2 hours from Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively it is possible to stay in Torres del Paine National Park itself!