Long day, good day – Torres del Paine

"The Horns" of Torres del Paine - Photo © Carl Amoth

"The Horns" of Torres del Paine - Photo © Carl Amoth

Once again, the beauty continues. We had to get up early this morning (Saturday the 13th) to be taken to Torres del Paine (TDP). The good news is that we had a private driver in a very large 15 passenger van all to ourselves. He took us to the Chilean border (4 ½ hours from Los Notros) where the Hotel van picked us up for the last leg (1 ½ hours). We were immediately initiated with the amazing Chilean hospitality – these people are determined to be sure you have a wonderful time and that you see as much of the park as possible. We met a nice couple from London (the husband is originally from New York and still a New Yorker after 25 years in London).

ExploraLodge

Explora Lodge (our hotel) - Photo © Carl Amoth

Once we got settled in the Hotel, we went down for late lunch before an afternoon hike. They actually get it that after sitting in a car for 6 hours you want to move your body. As we headed down to lunch, we ran into the Austrian couple we had met in the Buenos Aires airport on our way to Helsingfors. For such a large territory, it is indeed a small world. They had a wonderful time at TDP and were heading out to their next destination. We told them about both Los Notros (Perito Mirano Glacier) and Helsingfors (Alfredo Glacier, Fitz Roy, etc.) and they decided they really want to go to Helsingfors for a more remote and rustic experience.

View from our window - Photo © Carl Amoth

View from our window - Photo © Carl Amoth

We had a great lunch of grilled salmon and then headed out for our afternoon hike. Not too long, only about 5K but a pretty good uphill at the end. VERY WINDY here, unlike the last two places. However, it is magnificent and beautiful for what we have seen so far. We are going on a day-long hike tomorrow to Grey Glacier. There is also a great ½ day horseback ride that we are interested in doing and a Gaucho BBQ.

So much to do, so little time……

p.s. Pam – they had these great red lentils served with the salmon today that were delicious – I was thinking about you!

Love you all,

Adios!

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