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Trekking the Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia – part 1 (Travel Documentary 051)

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Ever since it has been one of my dreams to go trekking in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. When I arrived in Puerto Natales and prepared for the trail in February I decided to go for the full circuit – this is what I experienced on the first days trekking the Torres del Paine circuit in Patagonia documented with my HD camera.

Of course I did a lot of research beforehand: about the weather, the best time to go trekking, the gear, the itineraries and so on. Moreover I had very high expectations when I sat on the bus from Punta Arenas (where I visited the penguin Island just a few hours ago) to Puerto Natales. Nevertheless I planned to spend more than a week in this little town to prepare and slow down a bit.

The time I went could not have been better: the weather was kind of stable, the area wasn't too packed (as it is usually in January) and I had enough time to get everything done. Therefore I also decided to go to one of these 3 o'clock talks at the “Base Camp” as it is for free and you get reminded on things you might forget otherwise.

Finally I went to the park with a 20kg backpack but without packing useless stuff, like others (honestly: why should you carry around a huge cooking pot, glasses of tomato sauce or even an iPad?) I only took my low weight GoPro 2 to document everything and to make pictures. I was meant to be there for 7-9 days, depending on the weather. As I got off at the last stop I had to change my plans and decided to hike even more: the “Q” instead of the “O” – this includes all other trails plus an extra day walking into the hiking area.

As you see it has been a great “decision” to get off there: the views, the hike, Lago Pehoé – beautiful first days!

The journey goes on in the next episode with the hike up to the popular “Torres”. Meanwhile checkout the ultimate  Trekking Guide Torres del Paine with all informations needed to experience this awesome park on your own.
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Information from Wikipedia: Torres del Paine

 

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Disclosure:

My accommodation in Puerto Natales was supported by Hostelbookers.com – together with Traveldudes they help me to show you South America on my #HolaGringo trip.
All the content I provide from my travels is completely my own – this goes for opinions and views as well as for recommendations.

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