Few places in the world have captivated the imagination of explorers and travellers like Patagonia, a region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Chile and Argentina. This vast, varied region encompasses narrow straits and steep-sided fjords, rugged mountains, windswept plateaux and glacial valleys. In 2011 I spent three weeks in South America trekking in the Patagonian Andes.
The Perito Moreno Glacier advances into the Lago Argentino, Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz Province
Campsite, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile, Patagonian Andes
Lago Leones, Carretera Austral, Chile
PATAGONIA TOUR, 2011
I travelled south on the Carretera Austral, made a jetboat ride on the Lago General Carrera and visited the San Lorenzo region. In Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park I enjoyed close-up views of Cerro Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Perito Moreno Glacier. Another highlight: Torres Del Paine National Park.
FITZ ROY & CERRO TORRE
Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina's Santa Cruz province is one of the most scenically impressive national parks in South America. The northern section of the park is dominated by the granite towers of the Fitz Roy mountain range and offers numerous, well-marked trails for trekking.
TORRES DEL PAINE CIRCUIT
The Torres del Paine Circuit circumnavigates one of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges. The terrain varies from grassy meadows and winding rivers to thick virgin beech forest and snowcapped peaks. A highlight is the awe-inspiring view of the Grey Glacier seen from atop the John Garner Pass.
This tour in 2011 was organized by Hauser Exkursionen, Germany, and led by Swiss tour guide Gabriela Nager and Chilean tour guide Sergio Rebolledo.
Watching sunrise over the massive granite peak of Mount Fitzroy as it glows pink and purple and reflects in the lake below