Setting foot in Torres del Paine is like setting foot on another planet. You have to rub your eyes a few times to confirm you're not dreaming. It's just you, and nature.
The layers of landscape are so vivid. The glacier lakes are the most soothing shade of turquoise against the variegated, jagged and snow caped mountains. The subtle green rolling hills create the most lovely background for the bursting red of the fire bush flowers. All under a blue sky, a real BLUE sky, with huge soft cotton-like white clouds... And then the weather completely turn on you in a matter of minutes (Well it didn't for us, but it can).
We visited Torres del Paine in early November, staying at the Eco-Camp. I highly recommend staying there if you're planning a trip. The little domes we stayed in are warm, cozy, and magical. The food is fantastic and the guides are very knowledgeable about the region.
I personally would recommend the 5-day trek over the 7-day trek (it seems to be a better value/time spent), but for the adventurers with the time I'd definitely do the 9-day circuit.
Eat and drink all the Calafate jam and pisco sours you can while you're there, because you'll definitely miss it once you leave.
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The hike to the base of the torres in Torres del Paine National Park is worth every step. The view from the top is breathtaking if the weather permits you its unobstructed beauty, and still magical if it doesn't.
This photograph was taken during our lunch break at the top. The clouds broke just long enough for me almost get a complete shot of all three spires. Mother nature's work at her best.
The colors of nature in Torres del Paine are amazing.
If you do this hike. Be sure to take clothing for all the elements. It can change in a moments notice from sunny and beautiful to strong winds, rain and snow. It would also be wise to take trekking poles. These are very helpful for the descent back to camp.