Patagonia: Torres del Paine

This is the third and final installment of my blog from my trip to Patagonia earlier this year.

(Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America shared by Argentina and Chile. Click on the word Patagonia to link to a map.)

Up to this point we had been photographing the Andes Mountains from Argentina but now we would travel to Chile and photograph those same mountains from the Chilean side. Our journey took us north and west through the Andes Mountains to Torres del Paine.

Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine

 

Torres  Del Paine is a National Park created in 1959.  The most unusual peak is the Cuernos del Paine which shows the contrasting igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks on its surface. Cuernos del Paine is the group of peaks on the left in the photo below. Photo below was taken at sunset.

Cuernos del Paine
Cuernos del Paine

 

We had a chance to photograph the guanaco, an animal common to the region which is kind of like a small camel. The park has been designated as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978 due to its abundant wildlife, bird species with great flora and fauna diversity.

Guanaco
Guanaco

 

Mirror image: Chilean Andes
Mirror image: Chilean Andes

 

Next blog will be a geographical change. I will blog about Netherlands with some photos from Amsterdam.