I'd been told that the Torres de Paine National Park was one of the most beautiful of the world and I went there fully expecting the spectacular. What I didn't realize, though, was the beauty to be found in the small details of this immense natural reserve which make the trip so much more moving and memorable.
I've traveled a lot, but rarely have I enjoyed a place this much. Here, in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia, wherever you look there is beauty, texture, color, composition, forms...it's Art (with a capital A). With every step of the 5-hour hike in the shadow of the Torres, something took my breath away.
I was lucky with the weather because I went at the beginning of autumn and the explosion of color so strong that my photos came out looking saturated and impossible. When I first laid eyes on these millions of multicolored leaves, I recalled the feeling of looking at an Impressionist painting.
What a surprise we got when we arrived to Punta Arenas! It´s historic center is very unbelievably unique. The first thing you´ll wonder is how that architecture can exist in a place that is so far down south. You have to visit this southernmost city of Chile because it´s incredible and amazing. If you go to Argentina, you MUST cross the Strait of Magellan which is another amazing area. Punta Arenas offers a place full of culture tucked up in the most southernmost part of the South American continent.
I felt an amazing feeling when the plane landed in Punta Arenas. It is the most austere city in the world, situated at the foot of the Strait of Magellan. It´s so far away! Just a step away from Antarctica. It is the city base from which expeditions to Antarctica are carried out, right at the hear of Chilean Patagonia . We had read that it was the most populated and most cosmopolitan city of Patagonia. It has a grid pattern, and although in the center you can find neoclassical architecture, when you move away from the center you find more typical Chilean arquitecture. I also remember that there was a kind of hill from which you could see the whole city, and we saw all the coloured roofs and in the background the Strait of Magellan and right down at the bottom the Antarctic ice.