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Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile - photos by Mark Campbell. Mouse over image to see the sun come out.
Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile - photos by Mark  Campbell

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Chile's Torres del Paine National Park: Glacier Watching and Spectacular Scenery

I had hiked 10 days in Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park to get here, and got up before dawn. I felt like a pilgrim waiting for a miracle. In a way, I got one.

Along with many others I was staring at three towers of vertical granite that soar above a glacial lake, willing the sun to hurry up and rise now and for the fog to stay away.

One minute, the spires were a uniform dark grey. The next the tip of the tallest had turned orange, then gold. Read more...

Chile's Elqui Valley: A Zen Experience in 'Travel Therapy'

The best way to take in the natural wonders of the Elqui Valley is to camp under the stars along the Cochiguaz River. Camping Cochiguaz is located at the end of the road, far away from noise or lights and offers camp sites with communal showers and toilets.

It’s also located directly beneath the mountain where all of the valley’s magnetic and spiritual energy emanates from. The campground is run by Manuel, a friendly local, and is often visited by horses, dogs and goats, so hide your food at night.

From Cochiguaz, natural stargazing is the best. Along the path to Camping Cochiguaz there is an Incan observatory where you can view the stars like the land’s ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Read more...

A star-gazing chaise in Chile's Elqui Valley. Photo by Jade Frank
A star-gazing chaise in Chile's Elqui Valley. Photo by Jade Frank

 

Read more GoNOMAD stories about Chile:

Drink Up! A Tour of Chile's Wineries and Vineyards

Rounding Cape Horn: The World's Wickedest Waters

Checking into Hotels Up and Down the Chilean Beanpole

The Lake Region of Chile: Rainforests and Volcanoes

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty

The Historic Hills of Valparaíso: Something Truly Special

Cycling Chile’s Lake District

Journey to Mars: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Horsepacking Across Patagonia

Isla Negra, Chile: An Isle Surrounded by Poetry

Horseback Riding in Chiloe, Chile

Tierra del Fuego: The Uttermost Ends of the Earth

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Cochiquez, Elqui Valley, Chile. photos by Lucy Horden. Moving with a Healing Caravana
. Fioro Comauo Leptepu, Chile. click to return to article about Chilean Patagonia.
. One of the many murals in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo by Brendan Nogue. Click on photo
A mountain stream in the Lake Region of Chile. Photo by Sony Stark. Click on image
of Cerro Cordillera in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo by Brendan Nogue. Click on photo to return to Brendan
by Max Hartshorne. Notes from Chile, Sept 2009 Water is Everything in Arid Iquique, Chile
The three towers for which Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile is named. Photo by Mark
Volcano Villerrica in Chile. Photos by Shelley Seale. Land of Fire & Ice: Volcanoes
. One of the many murals in Valparaiso, Chile. Photo by Brendan Nogue. Click on photo
The author is assisted by gaucho Nelson on the beach in Chiloe, Chile. Photos by Paola Fornari
Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Enjoying the warmth of the fire at the Adobe
Eager waiters in a mural at the Hacienda Los Lingues in San Fernando, Chile. Photos by Mark Zussman
Rivers, lakes, waterfalls and the Patagonia Mountains are part of the Lake Region of Chile. Photos
Isla Negra, Chile: An Isle Surrounded by Poetry Pablo Neruda's house in Isla Negra, Chile. photo

 


 
 


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