Lakes, Patagonia and Torres del Paine
In the south of Chile are the wonderfully scenic 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 with 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 unforgettable. Lago Grey and the glacier of the same name are particularly memorable, best appreciated by boats navigating between vivid blue icebergs.
Those seeking to experience Patagonia can choose between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine. 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 and natural attractions and is only about 1/2 hours from Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, staying in Torres del Paine National Park is possible!