RENTING A CAR IN PATAGONIA
We wanted to see both Argentinean and Chilean part of Patagonia. We were staying couple of days in El Calafate, Argentina. To get to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) one can take an organized tour. However we wanted to have some freedom and adventure so we decided to rent a car and cross the border independently. There are several rental car companies in El Calafate. BTW none has cars with automatic transmission. We have chosen Servi Car and we were very satisfied with their service. We don’t speak Spanish but it was not a problem. Servi Car driver picked us up from the airport and took us to the office to sign necessary documents. We said in advance that we are going to cross the border so they have prepared all necessary documents plus they have given us a good car with high clearance. The registration plate read in Polish meant “penis” and it made us laugh every time we saw the car. The people were very helpful and the prices were reasonable. It was worth it, we could stop any time to enjoy views for as long as we wanted.
CROSSING THE BORDER ARGENTINA - CHILE
While driving from El Calafate to the border with Chile you follow highway number 40. You can either use a shortcut called El Cerrito but then the road becomes rough (“ripio”) or you can drive around to Esperanza following a good quality road. Esperanza has the last fuel station before the border so it is a good choice anyway. Argentina and Chile are not the best friends. Driving west from Esperanza there is no sign at all that the border is coming. The border station on the Argentinean side is called Cancha Carrera and on the Chilean side the name is Cerro Castillo. If you type Cancha Carrera in google maps you will find it. Few kilometres before the border the road becomes ripio anyway and it stays very bad all the time also in the national park. You can spot easily other cars approaching from a distance as every car leaves behind a huge trail of dust in the air.
Argentinean officers did not speak English and we did not speak Spanish. They were long looking for something in the documents but in the end they let us go. Chilean officers seemed better organized yet they have taken all our fresh food: bananas and tomatoes and they have thrown it into a bin. We were pretty angry as we would love to eat it all but they did not warned us about what they are going to do with it.
POINT OF VIEW
Why am I telling you the whole story about the border? Because the view in this photo is a short drive after the border on the Chilean side and this is the first view of the Torres del Paine National Park while approaching from Argentina.
On the way there we did not see much as it was raining but on the way back the views were spectacular, especially the color of the Lago Sarmiento was just surreal. I could not decide how to photograph it. I wanted to show as much of the lake as possible but it was huge and mountains would become very tiny in the photo. Closing up on the characteristic peaks of Torres was another option but then I would loose the foreground completely. In the end I present here a compromise photo. I did not have much flexibility as there was a fence which I did not want to cross, it limited foreground composition options very much.
WHAT YOU SEE
The mountains on the horizon are already in the Torres del Paine National Park. Do you see the high mountain in the very center covered with snow? Right from it you can spot mountain range Torres del Paine and to the left from it Cuernos del Paine (having black rocks on the upper part of their peaks).
The closest visible lake is Lago Sarmiento. It is named after Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa who was a Spanish explorer.
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PaulVDV (20233) 2011-10-31 4:28
The typical serrated shape of the Torres del Paine is clearly visible. It's an impressive nature picture, well composed with its different horizontal layers and its alternation of lake and land.
The colour of the water is actually very pure blue, pure as the whole landscape.
Best regards, Paul
npecanhuk (60106) 2011-10-31 4:51
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, chosen pov, soft light and colors, contrasts, horizontal format and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
A great week for you,
Sergiom (53605) 2011-10-31 5:29
L'endroit est de toute beauté.L'espace de broussailles entre toi et le lac donne beaucoup de profondeur ŕ l'image. La couleur de l'eau est superbe et la neige sur les montagnes est magnifique .
marcan44 (6223) 2011-10-31 14:20
ottimo POV con questi cespugli in primo piano che contribuiscono ad aumentare la profonditŕ e invitano lo sguardo a esplorare tutto quello che c'č dietro, il lago e le montagne innevate.
Un lavoro eccellente realizzato al top.
Sonata11 (33081) 2011-10-31 18:15
piekna panorama tej okolicy. Zapiera oddech w piersiach. Mozna siedziec godzinami i podziwiac ten cudowny widok. Pieknie wykonane zdjecie, wspanialy punkt widzenia. Zdjecie jest przepiekne. Wspaniala praca. Bardzo mi sie podoba. Dzieki za udostenienie oraz za ciekawa informacje waszej przeprawy.
timecapturer (44265) 2011-11-01 7:24
another beautiful shot of this wonderful place. Such amazing scenery and you have captured it in your own inimitable and stylish way. Love the colours and stunning clarity of the image. Glorious!
Enjoy the day - Brian.
macjake (51264) 2011-11-01 9:26
ahhh...you decided to go against the tour group this time! Wise man! Hearing about your guided tour in egypt is all you need to know about the downfalls of such arrangements.
you can't put a price on freedom.
love the streak of blue that divides the photo into two, and those divisions are highly contrasted aswell in landscape - that much better!
The air in the lower fg is clear, the bg atmosphere is a bit hazy, another cool looking contrast and separation.
all in all, a great Chilean scene.
Love the fact that it seems so untouched.
enjoy your day
vasilpro (40701) 2011-11-01 15:01
Wonderful composition, beautiful view to the snowy mountains, excellent POV and DOF, lovely light and colors, very good sharpness, very nice framework, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Fis2 (81453) 2011-11-01 15:37
piekny widok dobrze pokazany.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-11-01 18:41
What a superb composition . Every element from sky to the bushes has been captured very well. The view is breathtaking with the snowy mountains touching the horizon. Colors, view and sharpness are superb.
emka (72098) 2011-11-01 23:32
Witaj, Wspaniały widok na Torres del Paine. My tez zatrzymalismy sie w tym miescu. Niesamowity kolor wody. No i ładna mieliście pogodę. Super zdjęcie.
tatadalou (5641) 2011-11-02 12:44
The feeling of vastness is truly impressive watching your picture. The succession of different plans, the beautiful depth of field is probably the cause.
I almost feel the fresh air!
bukitgolfb301 (34210) 2011-11-02 17:04
Hi bounjur my dear Mariusz
Sorry for my late reply as so crazy-busy weekday.
But I still enjoy your new Chile sereis very much.
Your new shotis another so impressive image.
Sharp and clear descrition is usual but color and sharpness is outstanding. Perfect framework and splendid composition are breathtaking. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good day, Best regrads.
Takero from cloudy Tokyo
danos (82615) 2011-11-02 23:35
excellent the view of the lake with the backdrop snowy Mts to create a beautiful scenery.I like the different layers created on the ground,as the shapes of the Mts tops on the backdrop.
Have a good day,Danos
Graal (95007) 2011-11-03 0:15
interesujacy krajobraz z dalekiej Patagonii. Ladnie skomponowany kadr w ktorym zmiesciles wiele elementow. Lekko przymglone gory z bialymi grzbietami wygladaja okazale. Piekna dzika przyroda. Dobra prezentacja i opis.
SWEETFREEDOM (21512) 2011-11-03 0:19
very nice the mountains in bg this time from a different p.o.v.the colors of the lake are amazing.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-11-03 3:37
a fantastic photo of this romantic view, the composition is spectacular, I like the distant imposing mountains and the beautiful colours, the depth of the photo is superb, great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
adramad (34863) 2011-11-03 5:47
Spectacular scenery you've captured in a wonderful POV, I like the vision of these shrubs in the foreground, the blue of the lake ideal, magnificent mountains, with a really nice sky, a set that is a pleasure to watch.
Good brightness and sharpness.
baddori (19157) 2011-11-03 23:56
Non ti risparmi nulla viaggiando e fotografando .
Questa volta il serbatoio del Cile con le sue montagne in ogni latitudine e differenza di clima .
Dagli altipiani e laghi salati ad un paesaggio alpino e sub alpino.
geoant68 (2751) 2011-11-04 1:37
the view of the lake Lago Sarmiento,is fine with the glance to lead the eye on the snowy Mts.The blue of the lake contrast perfect with the brown of the ground, making the scene so fabulous.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-04 1:53
An another excellent pice in your beautiful and interesting serie of view of these impressive lagos. here too, the POV is well selected and the composition in differents plans give a great depht with the top covered of snow which arise in the BG.
sacimar (25971) 2011-11-04 6:52
this is a beautiful landscape, I like it, the mountains are impressive, I like the blue water and the cloudy sky around them, good details of this unique view,
Silvio1953 (114943) 2011-11-04 10:47
Ciao Mariusz, fascinating mountain landscape, lovely lake with fantastic colors. splendid light and superb sky, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
paololg (31448) 2011-11-04 14:43
Ciao dear Mariusz,
really wonderful the turquoise color of the water, but above all is pleasant to enjoy the feeling of width, depth and contact with this uncontaminated nature. It seems to be on another planet, especially for those like me that is not used to seeing these endless extended of land and water without houses, roads, pylons etc.. Excellent photos, as always, dear friend!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!
siolaw (38018) 2011-11-04 22:43
Another nice view with stunning blue colour of the water, and a good shot at the famous peaks in the background.
Angshu (54489) 2011-11-06 1:46
The picture works well in layers. The deep blue of the water is very appealing. Like the FG. You seem to have quite a lot of views around Torres del Paine, from angles which are not commonly shown. Though is haze, the distinct shape is clearly discernible. Well done!
s_lush (16132) 2011-11-12 9:28
This one another breathtaking view of the beautiful
Patagonian rocky mountains and blue lakes. You have chosen a very good point of view and well-balanced composition to show a lot of interesting details of Patagonian nature. In addition, information about renting a car is very useful. Very good presentation of wonderful region!
delpeoples (52197) 2011-11-24 21:24
Hi dear Mariusz
Wow, just look at those colours, they're amazing and completely natural. Superb depth of field and detail here, from the foreground to right to those magnificent alps. The scenery is spectacular and you have done an equally impressive job photographing it. You kust have gone through hundreds of memory cards.
Have a lovely Friday
kiks (11749) 2012-02-08 8:28
This is a place that i would love to visit!! Everyday i see at my officea picture of the same peaks that you show us here. A collega of mijn was so lucky to had visit this Torres. I must say that i prefer your photo. The blue lake brings something special to the landschape.
fritzi007 (2395) 2012-03-19 6:47
Diese Landschaft ist einfach wunderschön, die Farben einzigartig, gratuliere!
Wünsch dir einen schönen Tag
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (29153)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-31 4:18