Mariusz and Way showed such beautiful photos from Torres del Paine NP that I looked in my archive. I was there almost five years ago, in quite different photographic life - not yet TE Member, two cameras back, when the memory on cards was still expensive, so mine are not so good as theirs. Besides, I am worse photographer (no photographer at all in fact). But I am a keen traveller and want share my experience anyway.
Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is its neighbour to the west, while Los Glaciares National Park is located to the north in Argentine territory (Wiki). It is wonderful place but not easy to travel. or rather, it is easy when the trip is well prepared in advance (when you want to go without organized tour). The reason for it is the emptiness of the area. In all Patagonia, on the territory three times as big as Poland live less then two million people. To the torres del Paine Park one can go from Puerto Natales in Chile or El Calafate in Argentina. Both towns rather far taking into account the roads. There are buses but not every day. So the best possibility is to rent a car. I was with my husband (driver) so I rented the car already in Warsaw, by Internet. The guy was waiting at the airport with all papers ready to sign. The main problem is where to sleep in the Park. There are four possibilities: cheapest one is the campsite and the tent. But the area is windy and cold even in summer. There is a hotel Explora’s Hotel Salto Chico (www.explora.com; four nights: $1,560 to $2,688 per person), rather expensive option, other one is Hosteria Pehoe where Mariusz stayed, also expensive, and the third is Paine Grande Mountain Lodge, it is on the photo here. It is a bit cheaper and has this advantage that it is closer to Cuernos. We had wonderful view of them from our room. The photo was made from a path to Cuernos, they are behind me. There is no road to the Lodge, one must leave the car on the park place and then go with a boat through Lake Pehoe. If you look carefully you can see a small white point on the left ot the lodge - it is a boat. It goes one or two times a day, I do not remember. The border with Argentina is a bit unfriendly. They check all the papers long time, besides, going from Argentina you are not allowed to bring any fruits, vegetables or cheese (!). We had some and when they wanted to take it from us, we just sat and ate all.
The colour of water may seem much exaggerated but in fact it is like this. It is because of the glaciers nearby - so called glacier milk.
It was the longest of my all journeys: Warsaw-London-Miami-Santiago de Chile-Easter Island-Santiago-punta Arenas-El Calafate-Torres del Paine-Puerto Montt-Valparaiso-Santiago- Miami-London-Warsaw on geodesics 37 500 km.
In the WS the view of the road to Torres del Paine, our car (and someone called Lazy Feet (when I am Signora Itchy Feet :))...). About my strange adventures read
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Guenther (10915) 2011-11-06 1:14
what an incredible colour this water has! Impressive background, too... The workshop is even a better and more interesting shot with a gorgeous sky, it would deserve an own posting...
Have a nice Sunday
bellac (184) 2011-11-06 1:20
Un paysage de montagne excellent rendu dans couleurs magnifiques, une bonne maniabilité de la lumière et de clarté ,une image excellente et bien fait.!!
snunney (88391) 2011-11-06 1:26
The turquoise tones of the lake look magnificent and make a great contrast with the surroundings. The remains of the foreground tree help give the image great depth as we look across the snow-capped mountains. Very good colours and sharpness.
jemaflor (88199) 2011-11-06 1:40
Good pov on this landscape, well composed and so lovely blue water for the lake, good fg with trees, tfs.
Jeppo (17645) 2011-11-06 1:50
w siatek tez wyzituje torres del paine!!
ladny kolory i perspektiwe. pehoe jezero bardzo ladny jest
pozdrawnia w wlochy
PS: jestem w moje papa dla wyzita w weekend ale jutro przlotuje do swajczarie :(:(
lousat (81124) 2011-11-06 1:53
Hi Malgo,a beautiful pic from a dreaming place,the colors of the water are fantastics like tha landscape and the composition,very well done!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
bema (26363) 2011-11-06 2:07
the blue waters of that lake are indeed eyecatching..
an extraordinary landscape here, shown from a splendid pov with fine colors and good depth, too.
see you around, enjoy your sunday, warm regards Bernd
patdeph (35748) 2011-11-06 3:15
this turquoise lake among the mountains gives a splendid effect,a pity that a modern building is built in such a fantastic landscape.Anyway,this is very beautiful to look at.
Sergiom (65297) 2011-11-06 5:27
Un paysage magnifique bien mis en valeur par un choix de point de vue idéal, par un cadrage soigné et par une belle lumière.
saxo042 (37602) 2011-11-06 7:41
You can indeed be proud of this old picture even if it is "pre-TE". The emerald-green lake is beautifully captured against the background mountains.
tyro (21620) 2011-11-06 11:50
What a fabulously interesting note. I've always wanted to visit South America and this convinces me even more. Trouble is, I don't speak Spanish - do you?
I was really wanting to read more about your adventure but I can't get the link at the bottom of your note to work.
A lovely photograph too. The colour of that lake is just wonderful. I've seen this sort of "glacier milk" in a river in Greenland - best not to drink it as the fine rock dust in the water can cause troublesome tummy upsets. The distant mountains and the sky make a beautiful background.
Beautiful and Fascinating!
jackart (6702) 2011-11-06 12:52
Ech Wieże bólu to jedno z najpiękniejszych miejsc na tym łez padole... masz coś jeszcze w archium z tego miejsca? Zawsze przyjemnie popatrzeć z różnej perspektywy na to miejsce chociaż jak sama zauważyłaś ten kadr akurat raczej nie powala.
edge (6765) 2011-11-06 18:57
Hello Malgorzata, This has a cool mood to the viewer with the clear and bright lake in the foreground and the snow on the mountains in the background. Excellent composition and a photographer's sense to have those dried looking sticks in the front of the shot. This gives so much fine depth to the shot. No one ever discusses much on photography here, but this is a good use of the Rule of Thirds. Super presentation. Regards, Roger
Fis2 (88833) 2011-11-07 0:54
U Ciebie Swiat taki maly ;)
Mozna sie nacieszyc ogladaniem.
Ladny kadr i kolorki.
Ma fota klimacik.
dkmurphys (51509) 2011-11-07 1:23
Poor quality but it doesn't matter so much. The place is amazing, a beautiful capture of that piece of heaven. Well seen, have a great week.
skippy007 (12510) 2011-11-07 22:11
Hello Signora Itchy Feet, The colour of the water attracted me to this one Malgo, it reminded me so much of the Lakes in the Dolomites, in fact apart from the dries branches in the FG in looks to me as though it could be from Italy & not Chile. I looked at the WS, what an adventure it must have been. A beautiful look at nature & well captured.
Angshu (56458) 2011-11-08 20:57
A very different view from this place. What is most attractive is the colour of the water...the turquoise is mesmerising. We don't see the famous Torres peaks in the BG, but a snow capped mount which looks to be part of the same chain. Thanks for the WS which shows the dirt road to the Torres peaks. The link of your adventure at the end of your note doesn't seem to be working...would be keen to read your adventure!
mkamionka (31999) 2011-11-10 0:56
Ten kolor jeziora jest wyjatkowy i chociaz widzialem ostatnio podobny na zdjeciach z Austrii to jednak mnie bedzie kojarzyl sie juz zawsze z Patagonia.
Dziekuje za reklame i ze zestawilas mnie w jednym zdaniu z takim wpanialym fotografem jak Way.
Ja niestety rowniez mam calkiem spory stosik zdjec z czasow kiedy mialem o wiele gorszy aparat...
Tak czy owak, jakkolwiek nienajlepsza jest ich jakosc w porownaniu ze swiazszymi zdjeciami, na pewno maja w sobie duzy ladunek emocjonalny i dla nas sa bardzo wiele warte.
Tak jak wspominasz podroz ta paradoksalnie w kilometrach byla dluzsza niz typowa podroz dokola swiata a to dlatego ze ludzie jadac dokola swiata trzymaja sie zwykle polkuli polnocnej.
No nic i przede mna i przed Toba za pare dni podroz.
Trzymam kciuki i czekam na nowe zdjecia...
ChrisJ (102831) 2011-11-11 21:21
I see there is glacial rock flour here too, the same as Lake Louise in Canada & the South Island lakes of New Zealand. Adequate sharpness but could be better. Compo is superb. The fg skeletal trees add depth. Tfs!
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-02-04 13:19
Hello Malgo, one of my dream destinations to go!
Natural scenery at its best!