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Day Trekking in Beautiful, Wild Torres Del Paine

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In a single day in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, we were lucky enough to see herds of guanaco, baby ostriches, and condors gliding through the sky. The clouds parted to give us a glimpse at the famous "towers" and "horns," and we gazed at the gigantic Grey Glacier from afar, while enjoying the views of several large icebergs from up close. We also visited the section of the park destroyed by the wildfire and are happy to report that it is slowly coming back to life. We were graced with a mild, partly cloudy November day for hiking, although our traveling companions told us the day prior they experienced snow. One of the charms (and challenges) of Patagonia is the opportunity to experience all four seasons in one day.

For us, Torres del Paine more than lived up to its reputation of being one of the most stunning places on earth. Since we only had a single day at the park, we chose to do a series of shorter day hikes so we could see more of what the park had to offer. We stayed at the Singular Patagonia hotel in Puerto Natales, and we had a fantastic guide and van transport that allowed us the flexibility of doing one-way hikes.

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by Erin Nave
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