I’m a city girl at heart.
I trek around the concrete jungle of New York in heels and boots for hours without thinking twice about it. Heck, I could even run with 4-inch heels on if I have to catch the train in the subway before the doors close.
However, when I got to Patagonia, I was completely surprised by the astonishingly sheer beauty of this natural wonder!
Patagonia, simply put, is Mother Nature at its absolute best! I couldn’t be any happier I included it in my itinerary. To be quite honest, it was such a relief to leave the big, bustling city of Buenos Aires and its sweltering heat for some daily cool fresh air and gorgeous views of the snowcapped Andean peaks.
So I traded in the fancy shoes for some some trekking boots to do some serious Patagonia exploration.
It’s also where the imposing Perito Moreno Glacier shows off its icy blue grandeur inside the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It’s the only glacier known today actively advancing, unlike the other ones around Patagonia and the world. It surely is a site to behold, especially on a catamaran that gets as safely close as possible to the front of the glacier.
As if its massive size with its jagged ice peaks weren’t enough to impress anyone, the glacier frequently calves off large chunks of ice into the emerald-colored lake. It’s extremely exciting to hear the loud thunderous noises they make, which can be heard miles away, as the ice hits the water surface.
El Chalten to the north of El Calafate is an even smaller town. Approximately three hours away from El Calafate by bus, its claim to fame is the National Trekking Capital of Argentina, boasting spectacular views of the jagged peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerros Torre.
I am by no means an avid nature trekker, and the last time I did one was back in January in the Blue Mountains. However, I knew I wasn’t going to miss out on two of their famous day treks: Laguna de Torre and Laguna de Los Tres also known as the Mt Fitz Roy trail.
Puerto Natales & Parque Nacional del Torres Paine
I crossed the border over to the Chilean side of Patagonia to view its crown jewel: the granite peaks of Torres del Paine.
I wasn’t looking forward to any more trekking, but as I’ve come to find out, Puerto Natales is the starting point for those doing the W-circuit trek in the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. They call it the W-circuit because of the W trail on the map.
“You don’t just come to Puerto Natales for day treks, especially if you have the time to do the big one!“
This was what a fellow traveler said to me when we met in the hostel we were staying in. I did have the time, yet I was scared. As if I haven’t stressed it enough, I’m no big trekker hot shot and the thought of trekking in the Patagonia wild for 5 days and 4 nights was a bit overwhelming.
Yet within one day, I decided that I might as well do it.
What have I got to lose?
Absolutely nothing! I was beyond ecstatic I decided to do it last minute! It was seriously one of the best things I’ve ever done travel-wise!
The awe-inspiring and sublime nosubhealth.com views of the landscape and the flora everywhere, the sense of accomplishment after physically challenging myself, the amazing travelers I met along the way, and camping out in the wild for the first time ever was more than enough to put me on a trekking high.