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I am back from my vacations in Southern America. I have taken many pictures which I will shortly share with you. The first one is maybe not the most attractive but it came with a great effort.

Torres del Paine National Park has shortly speaking at least two fantastic mountain ranges: Torres del Paine and Cuernos del Paine. Cuernos may be the most beautiful. They can be admired from numerous viewpoints at the park roads. To get a really good view of the Torres you have to undertake a hike. The view which you can see here was taken from Mirador las Torres. To reach this point you start from Hosteria Las Torres, passing after about 2 hours the Refugio Chileno, and after further hour Campamento Torres. From there you start a pretty strenuous and relatively steep although safe hike for about an hour to reach the mirador. Altogether it is 4.5 hours one way. When we reached Refugio Chileno we were already tired and it started to rain plus the mountain in the distance got covered with dense clouds. We had practically no hope for the weather improvement and any visibility there. After a while of discussions we decided to take a risk and go ahead. Knowing the trail ahead of us we would probably head back. We reached the mirador completely exhausted. The view was jaw dropping. I have acquired several shots although I was in hurry to get back to the Hosteria before it gets dark. It was one of the hikes when you can be sure it will cost a lot of effort but the reward is not sure. Yet it was worth to try.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2866 W: 95 N: 7100] (29774)
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