Torres del Paine National Park – Day One

Our hotel, Tierra Patagonia (https://tierrahotels.com/patagonia/), is truly heaven on earth.  The nearest town is an hour away.  The closest airport is a four hour drive.  There’s no cell service, no TVs in the rooms, the Internet is only available in one small part of the property…and, none of this matters. People come here to get away from it all and spend their days exploring the incredibly beautiful Torres del Paine National Park. 

Every room has this view of Lake Sarmiento and the Park.

Every room has this view of Lake Sarmiento and the Park.

A very windy walk by the lake

A very windy walk by the lake

Our first excursion was a 16 km hike (10 miles) called “Dagostini”. Our guide, Nico, was fantastic (thank you, Nico!).  The beauty was endless, we learned a ton, and somehow managed not to get blown off of the mountain (winds were consistently 40 – 50 mph). The wind in Patagonia is truly epic and relentless. Plus we survived the harrowing :30 minute downhill trek to the end. It was no joke - we couldn’t even look up at one point, just focused on putting one foot in front of the other.

Michael with our awesome guide, Nico.

Michael with our awesome guide, Nico.

A guanaco sentry on the lookout for pumas (the kind with claws not the ones from Foot Locker)

A guanaco sentry on the lookout for pumas (the kind with claws not the ones from Foot Locker)

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The highest peak - and the windiest! Right over that edge behind us was a straight drop to the bottom and into that lake. We were bracing against each other and leaning into the wind to get one quick photo. This was actually so much fun, but Michael’s blue hat from the first photo blew off in a wind gust as a sacrifice to the Tehuelche Gods.

The highest peak - and the windiest! Right over that edge behind us was a straight drop to the bottom and into that lake. We were bracing against each other and leaning into the wind to get one quick photo. This was actually so much fun, but Michael’s blue hat from the first photo blew off in a wind gust as a sacrifice to the Tehuelche Gods.

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The start of our long walk down. That’s the two of us on the far right for perspective.

The start of our long walk down. That’s the two of us on the far right for perspective.

These pictures don’t do this adventure any justice.  It was one of the best days of our lives.  And, we’ll tackle another part of the Park tomorrow!