Hosteria El Pionero
Travel Blogs from Torres del Paine
... started a fire destroying 32,000 acres of forest in 2012. And he is not the first accidental firestarter in the Park - a Czech student did the same thing in 2008. There is no one around, so I try my first photographic 'selfie'.
Returning to Lago Penhoe, I realise that I have a long walk down the road to Ex Guarderia Pudeto to have any chance of catching the bus home. Luckily another passing bus takes pity on me and drops me ...
... the mysterious fragile essence
that you exude
as I worked myself to enjoy your splendor
From the start I knew it was just a dream
Which I never did want to wake up from
On that day when such tears fell down
You whispered softly to me
My used to be dainty clothes
Have been ...
... We slowly climbed the pampas until the mountains came into sight. I won't even try to describe them, Annette has a million photos. We had some difficulty finding a store in Puerto Natales to buy wine snacks and lunches but Annette did. The locals call is Muerto Natales! Halfway to the park we stopped at a cafe for lunch, along with a bus load of Japanese tourists. Because the short road to our hotel was closed we drove Ruta 9 all the way to the end. ...
... was all really impressive, especially at sunset. Another valley was more rocky but wound through the multicoloured trees with a big snowy mountain on one side and colourful rocks on the other. On this walk we could watch avalanches sweep down the different levels of the face. The noise of the avalanches was amazing and sounded like rolling thunder. The next day the path went around a blue lake, through a meadow filled with wild horses ...
... to get us to the bus back to townThe decent was quicker as it was all downhill, but it was pretty harsh on my knees. I am so glad that i hired some walking poles.
As we had spent a bit of time playing at the top of the mountain we made the group decision to skip brekky and started to pack the tent up. Tom got me with a great April fools joke and told me there was no minibus running today and we would have to camp another night or run ...