Trip Start Feb 19, 1992
49Trip End Jun 28, 1992
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One of the "must be" places on earth.
I'm sure you can find more information on the web if you want to go there, and believe me you do! It is a bit intimidating to carry your food with you, backpacking but it's well worth it.
We met several other backpackers and made some good friends for the rest of our trip. Two Belgium girls, Mimi and Valerie, were traveling with us (or met us across the continent) for sometime after we left Torres del Paine (I saw Mimi in NYC a few years later, but have since lost touch, so if you know her shoot me a line).
We also met an Israeli couple, Dan and Galit, and Barak whom we traveled with all three for the next month or so.
Another friend we met is Alex from England, a very nice guy who taught us how to make garlic butter (a delicacy especially over open fire), and turned me on to Chris de Burgh's "Patricia The Stripper".
The people we met are my favorite and most memorable part, like the doctor and his new wife from Israel, an American engineer (chemical or environmental, I'm not sure) who had enough and took a break, and others from around the world.
Below are some of the bullet points which were the highlight for me during my four day trek in the park.
- What still boggles my mind is that the lakes are melted glaciers, which means that they are clean water that you can drink right out of the lake. The water is delicious, cold and rejuvenating.
- There are mint bushes all over, great in tea, overlooking the lakes and glaciers.
- It seems like someone imagined what a mountain range / national park should look like, and just built it.
- We didn't pay attention to the W vs. O routes, we just went where we wanted to, and enjoyed it all.
- At the time, not overly touristy|
- Great people you meet in the park
Once place I'd certainly love to go back to.