torres del paine, chile

the tourism capital of southern chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile is the place everyone has heard of, the place everyone goes to explore. Now it is the tourist capital of southern Chile, and in the high season overrun with tourists hiking both the W and the O Loop. Expect, if you're going in January - February, to hike behind lines of tourists, to camp in a field with 200 tents, to be pressured to spend more money than expected. It is a commercial experience now, and we've all bought in.

Travel Tip: Reserve your camping online at least three months before you arrive in Torres. If you do not have campsite reservations you will not be allowed in the park. 

This is the Truth

I want to tell you a truth. An exact and precise truth. Like what the rivers tell the lakes as they flood into the still waters, fresh melt coming from high peaks to mix with the larger whole.

I want to tell you the whole truth. The complete and unending truth. Like what the mountains tell the valleys when conversations about glaciers and time lost float up from below.

The truth, the exact and precise truth. The truth, the complete and unending truth, is that life is like love, flowing from mountain to valley to river to lake, from high to low and then out to sea, where the fullness of it all is measured not by how far we can see to the horizon, but by how deep the water may be below.

Climb today’s pass and get CRUSHED by the wind. I’m talking 80 mph at the pass, rips my buff off, knocks my sunglasses off, dries out my nostrils, waters my eyes, pushes my pack, and I scramble to descend off the exposed face before I get knocked off.
— Trail Notes, 01.21.2017

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