Once more, I find myself on the Chilean side, driving through southern Patagonia region about to enter Torres del Paine National Park. This vast land is famous for its clear blue glaciers, slate rivers, as well as rare wildlife such as guanacos and rheas. Although many do travel here to see the three iconic mountain towers – Cuernos del Paine – from which the park takes its name.The massive horn-shaped peaks stand tall at the center of the park, mostly covered in gray clouds with no end in sight to them. For a closer look tourists engage in a five-day (or more, depending on the level of fitness) hike called the W. The W loops around the mountains and takes you around the most beautiful parts of the park.
This park is amazing and beautiful just as any other I had encountered on this trip. However, as if opening a book full of adventure, wizards, and magical creatures, Torres Del Paine opens to never-ending gusts of wind that can blow you away in a tent, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The motionless grim clouds above the horn shaped peaks and stunning pink flamingoes seem to be bewitched by a wicked wizard.
This magical land is full of skyrocketing mountains, sapphire glaciers, and noteworthy picturesque woods that will captivate and create a life time of memories and unforgettable experience.