Torres del Paine, Chile | photoreport
Finally! I got to where so long wanted .
National Park Torres del Paine - one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of the planet and one of its most beautiful places. It is the main tourist trump Chile and , in fact, for him , and people come here . Not all , of course , but most certainly . Statistics did not collect himself , but if in 2005 it was visited by over 2 million people , now the figure is many times more (though debatable ) . In the park you can get , in my opinion , of any city in South America. The question will be only in price and time. Directly connected with the park city of Puerto Natales, which though has an airport , but apparently not so much to serve large aircraft . It can be reached only by car or bus . If you choose the bus , the important thing is now to find the right city to ensure that all was not so expensive.
If you arrive in Buenos Aires , the best choice - the city of El Calafate, because he belongs to Argentina and you will not have to change trains in the capital of Chile - Santiago. There you can catch in 5 hours to go to the Perito Moreno Glacier 's tracking or in the capital area - El Chalten town with its famous Mount Fitzroy .
Border of Argentina and Chile in the south of South America overlap a bit strange (apparently gave Argentina Chile all mountain areas, and himself took the plains of Patagonia ) . Therefore , the choice of returning to the city for the flight, you need to choose the city of the country in which you are. For example, a flight from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas Santiago passes through ! and it is such a great hook , and, accordingly, the price of tickets .
Generally , South America cheaper just to fly through Buenos Aires . Santiago until the ticket is not as expensive as if you were taking it directly from Moscow to transfer in Europe, and Uruguay to reach - 200km . You can buy a ticket for $ 50 on a large ferry Buquebus and 4 hours to reach the capital - Montevideo . Well, it's like who and what .
Generally, coming to Puerto Natales , and the entire city center consists of restaurants and offices of different travel agencies. Applying into the first - and you immediately sell bus ticket . Ticket with free time . On it you can once get to the park and out of the park .
Normal bus departure time - 14:30 . Go 2-4 hours. Why so ? I do not know - it is written on the ticket that the journey time of 4 hours and arrived 2 .
City , in principle, no longer what is not needed, except for a transshipment base for tourists. Though so if you count that such unnecessary and towns in Russia overall. And then stagger on it with tremendous tourists backpacks and photographed. The main attention is focused on the city bus station. It was from there buses to the north - in Calafate and the South - in Torres del Paine , Punta Arenas .
In Chile, I just did not like the food , and the atmosphere after Argentina chtoli some more conservative . Dollars do not take currency is considered almost in the thousands. $ 1 - 500 Chilean pesos . Somehow without scope.
In the middle of the road , the bus stops at the cafe and shop with food.
Driving up to the Torres del Paine
In the park , it is desirable to come with their tents and sleeping bags , because overnight at Refugio costs about $ 50 per night and about $ 20 for breakfast , and then they need to walk more , and sometimes it can be tiring to climb the mountains , the legs and was not listening well , if there's a place for camping. Yes, the beds at Refugio is not much and you can easily run out of them .
The rules of the park says that should not be installed outside the tent camping .
If you do not take it with no tents, no sleeping bag , then you can safely take it all for rent .
Entrance to the park - about 40 U.S. dollars. You are given a map, which shows the popular routes and time of their passage .
The park is beautiful , but not everywhere . For the most part it looks like any other mountain -plain areas.
Entangled in the Torres del Paine will not work - the rocky path traced well of grassy areas . Also many pointers (there's even a pointer to the direction of motion for horses ) . Yes, you can navigate in the park on horseback , but it is expensive .
In the mountains met compatriot - Dmitri. He's already a year traveling in South America , and the park was already 7 days and visited the most remote places.
Water in the park drinking them straight mountain rivers , it's pretty clean, so take only the empty bottle :)
Here Refugio Cuernos. The beds are not hard and not soft . Sleeping bag still needs to be covered - at night is pretty cool and the outdoor temperature drops to 0 degrees.
Besides the mountains and lakes in the park to photograph nothing. Well, if only the guanaco , but the park itself is rare to find them - only on departure.
But so look campsites .
Then you can see the area damaged by fire not long ago. Israeli citizen , made a fire in the wrong place and eventually burned very large area of the park. The result - took the 3.5 years + state paid compensation in Chile restoration of the park for its citizens .
Showed pictures , after which it was decided not to go there , because they were absolutely not something for which I came here .
I wanted to see the lake Pehoe, whose photos adorn many posters and posters in various magazines . And I saw him, precisely in the color scheme , in which he wanted.
And as I have said in previous posts , glacial lakes of Patagonia begin to glow blue during inclement weather .
While I went to the lake and saw the same catamaran dovozit tourists to the other side where there is a bus stop.
Buses stop at the park in 3 places and you can choose any .
We return back to Puerto Natales