Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia - Chile

February 2005

Named after the towering granite pillars, the park is Chile's most popular backpacker destination.

We visited this park as part of our  48-day South American trip.
(Melbourne - Auckland - Buenos Aires - Ushaia - Antarctica - Ushaia - Perito Moreno Glacie - Chile Fiords - Lakes Crossing - Bariloche - Buenos Aires - Melbourne)



These docile native grey foxes were used to the visitors to the park

Salto Grande

Grey Glacier

This bridge below has been mis-shapen by chunks of ice that have flowed down from the glacier

Hosteria Las Torres where we stayed one night before we were evacuated because of the bush fire in the park.
The fire, which was small by Australian standards, was started from a foreign tourist's camp stove.

And so we had a couple of extra nights in Puerto Natales before boarding the Puerto Eden ferry for the 4-night cruise through the Chilean fiords to Puerto Monte.