......just go there.
03.02.2017 - 05.02.2017 15 °C
It’s been raining all night but at “stands up” 8am it was just misty with wet roads and very cool at 8degC. Today we cross back into Chile on our way to Torres Del Paine National Park on a mixture of road surfaces. This border crossing was a total reverse of the first with us breezing through the Argentinean side and having a two-hour battle on the Chilean side.
The first 160km was very cool with more gusts of cool Patagonian wind and the temperature ever so slowly descending back down the Celsius scale. It must have been cool last evening as the hills in the distance had a dusting of snow coating their upper reaches. Hoping that we didn’t have to go that high I was to be disappointed as the road slowly wound on up and up until the snow was on either side of the road. The temperature dropped to 01degC and it was freezing on the bike. Those kilometres seemed to take for ever and when we stopped for fuel it was thaw out time and a chance to put on more layers!
The rest of the ride was better once we warmed up and once again the vistas kept opening before us until we reached the UNESCO listed Torres Del Paine National Park. Two full days here to appreciate, explore and absorb the beauty of this area.
Soaring almost vertically more than 2000m above the Patagonian steppe, the Torres del Paine are spectacular granite pillars that dominate the landscape of what must be South America’s finest National Park, filled with shimmering turquoise lakes, roaring creeks, rivers and waterfalls, sprawling glaciers, dense forests and abundant wildlife……best you come and see it sometime
Again, enjoying the sights from the truck and this time Alpha joins me….I think he befriended the hotel manager and others enjoying festivities to an early hour…..anyway another fortuitous coddiwomple moment when we had a flat tyre in the truck. Waving down another 4wd’er to ask if they had a compressor on board to re-inflate the tyre I had the pleasure of meeting the South African couple who were tripping around South America. Whilst relaying their travel story they mentioned their last-minute Antarctica trip next week and willingly shared the details of the person and agency who helped them secure the cruise……the email has already been sent.
Saturday night in Torres del Paine does not rate high on the sociability scale but after another fine Parrilla dinner with a moderate lashing of Vino Tinto, (Carmenere) Alpha, Roomie, the new bestie and I did a pub crawl of all three establishments culminating back at our hotel for Georgian cha-cha (grappa) and cigars on the balcony. The night looked to be ending at a respectable 1.30am until Alpha and the new bestie wrangled an invite to a local party close by the hotel. More I cannot say as I declined but with Roomie stumbling in at around 3.30 I’m assuming it was a lot of fun.