Backpacking in Torres Del Paine

Our last big adventure in South America is over 😦 4days/4 nights of backpacking in Chilean Patagonia park were great but tiring. But did it! We completed the W trek of 70km.
Our first night was Dec 31st, so we celebrated early with a beer (yes, they sell beer in a lot of campsites there!):

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On the second day of hiking we climbed up to see French Valley:

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And the Towers (Torres) were our last treat:

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Hiking our final kilometers:

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Celebrating the successful completion of the hike with a nice local cocktail (something with pisco, rhubarb and Patagonian herbs):

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The epic vacation is almost over…

Tierra Del Fuego National park

The access to the park is limited to southern parts only, but even there there are enough trails to hike:

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Of course, we picked the most difficult one (Cerro Guanaco) as it was promising the best views.
The hike had been evaluated at 8 hours round trip. We made it under 6, which should not take away from its difficulty level. We are exhausted…
This view had opened to us relatively early, which was promising and motivating:

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Then we walked through a magic forest with creepy trees:

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And weird plant bumps (I have no idea how else to call them) that were helping us to get through crazy swamps…

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After a steep climb we finally got to the top with 360 views of Tierra Del Fuego and the freezing wind

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To finalize the hike (at the bottom) according to our long standing tradition, we treated ourselves to a local craft beer:

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Laguna Esmeralda

Not to waste any time, right after arriving to Ushuaia we hit the trails to find the lagoon of emerald color.
The trail was easy and well marked (contradictory to the person in the visitor center who tried to dissuade us from going for some reason…).
The hike took us mostly along the river that had quite a few beaver dams (no beavers spotted though 😦 )

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Lunching at the final destination:

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Brazil Brazil!

Today we visited the Brazilian side of Iguazu waterfalls. This was a good excuse to step on the Brazilian soil for the first time 🙂 Besides admiring the beauty of the falls, we also explored the jungle around, took a boat down the river and kayaked back up. Good day!

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Iguazu Argentina

The second part of our epic journey has begun today! After a short 2-hour flight we arrived at Iguazu (on the Argentine side) where the weather was hot and humid. The first thing we did after getting into the park was to go on a boat tour up the river and under the falls, literally. That was one of the most exciting rides ever with plenty of thrill and lots of splash. The falls were magnificent!
One thing to note. I’ve been to Niagara, and Iguazu definitely beats in beauty and, most importantly, lack of casinos all around it.

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