Think of the jagged mountain peaks of a Tolkien landscape. Mix in glaciers, icy sea lanes, and even occasional colonies of penguin. You could travel for days without seeing another person, and it may well be that the only thing punctuating the endless sky is the flight of a condor.
The Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, soaring 2,000m above the Patagonian Steppe, is a major attraction. You’ll hike through the forests and between the azure lakes along scarcely marked trails, crossing rickety rope bridges over streams. There are flocks of rhea (a flightless bird akin to an ostrich), as well as flamingo and Andean condor.
You’ll pass into the park through Puerto Natales, a former fishing port which is now the adventure capital of Patagonia.
To see penguin in the wild without going as far as Antarctica, we’ll arrange a three day voyage on the Cruceros Australis which will wind its way past the fjords and glaciers of the Magellan Straits.