Parque Patagonia, Chile
the legacy park of doug tompkins & conservacion patagonica
Patagonia National Park, Chile is the famous park built by Conservacion Patagonica, founded by Kris Tompkins & the late Doug Tompkins of Patagonia. A controversial park that is a designated territory for conservation, we enjoyed hiking through its rolling fields and getting to see wandering guanacos, little groups of the 3,000 strong herd.
Travel Tip: If you're looking for the Huemul trail to Cochamo, make sure you ask a park ranger about trail conditions atop the ridgeline - it's easy to lose the trail due to a number of braided guanaco paths across loose scree.
Our Hillebergs taking a beating in Parque Patagonia. This photo taken moments before a sleet and hail storm ended our dinner early and sent us shivering into our tents. But the Hillebergs held up well, and we pressed on the next day. Reese Wells.
Tyler gauging the next section of trail, loose scree on a steep slope. Stoke level is low for the coming hour - we are hiking towards the mountain in the distance, where a snowstorm is obviously tickling the peak. Reese Wells.
This is one of my favorite pictures because of all the varied landscape, and the epic action shot of Tyler manhandling this hill! Alpine lakes, green plains, brownish-grey rocks, and a blue horizon of mountains peaked in snow. I can dig it. Reese Wells.
Tyler looking out on Parque Patagonia in the middle of a 3,000 foot climb. We're looking for something called the Huemul trail, which we will soon lose in a whiteout storm along the ridgeline. After much backtracking and bushwhacking we'll find the trail, and continue on. But for now, all is peaceful. All is green. All is all right. Reese Wells.
Like something out of Prometheus. A river runs through it, splitting the plateau, the birth of modern man. Reese Wells.
Spirits are high and hydration is low as we enter Parque Patagonia and seek out a campsite for the night. Eladio perhaps wishing he didn't hike in a black shirt - it's hot today. Reese Wells.
Just ahead of Tyler and Eladio we watched a herd of 50 guanacos cross the road. Patagonia National Park is said to be a refuge for over 3,000 guanacos. Reese Wells.
This valley is the unofficial entry into Parque Patagonia. Four days after entering Jeinemeni National Park we are in the next designated conservation area, and things are looking very beautiful, and dry. Reese Wells.
Hiking through Parque Patagonia, a new and highly famous park made possible by Conservacion Patagonica. Tyler and Eladio baking in the hot summer sun. On the lookout for guanacos (alpackas). Reese Wells.
What a Surprise
What a surprise, to have found such a place to remind me of you. What a surprise to feel the ways for you that I do.
To see the yellow stretching out to me, to sit and soak in the power of your energy. To have a minute, an hour, a day, the time to watch a flower grow, to have the space to take our conversations and watch them slow
To pull together the pieces of you, petal by petal, word by word I see you forming, blooming, an explosion of color, sights unheard.