wild, almost unhabited region at the southern cone of South America
is called -on both sides of the Andean chain- Patagonia. In Argentina,
this term embraces everything south of Río Colorado. However
in Chile, Patagonia is understood to mean “only” the
region south of the city of Puerto Montt.
“Carretera Austral” road leads from Puerto Montt 1200
km long through the most wonderful wilderness to lake General
Carrera and further south to the edge of the Patagonian Icefields.
Along this main road there are numerous national parks and first-class
trekking areas. Unfortunately, public transport hardly ever reaches
them. Furthermore, these areas have only a short hiking season
(December to February) because of the harsh climate.
south, you will find a top trekking destination: Torres
del Paine is the most visited Chilean national park –you’ll
notice why. If you want to avoid the thousands of other hikers
who frequent the park in summer, come down here in autumn (March
to May) and enjoy not only the stunning colours of foliage, but
also less crowded trails.
At the feet of Torres del Paine