(English) Dreams Realized: One Man’s Unforgettable Journey Into Torres Del Paine

For over a decade, the ethereal landscapes of Patagonia have mesmerized me. After trying unsuccessfully for years to visit, I had a lucky chance last November: my plans finally materialized, and I was on my way to the land I had yearned to visit for so long.

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Patagonia is a vast region spread across the southernmost frontiers of Argentina & Chile. This time, I could only visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, considered by many to be the crown jewel of Patagonia. What an incredible trip it was! I will treasure the impressions I gathered for the rest of my life.

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“There are perhaps a few rare places on earth so soul-stirring that they are considered reminiscent of heaven…”

I spent five days in the park hiking the 80 km-long W circuit of trails. Carrying a fully loaded backpack on most days, it was an effort, and on the longest day – I walked for over 25 km. Never is the physical effort bothersome though; you are far too occupied absorbing the unreal scenery. It is easy to meet hikers on the trail and make friends; the camaraderie is an experience by itself.

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The park is packed with stunning views and lookouts in every direction, but some lookouts (called miradors) are overwhelmingly spectacular. I spent hours at both Britanico & Las Torres miradors and was dumbfounded by the exquisiteness, scale & magnificence. How many pictures can you take, after all? The finest impressions are always in the mind.

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There are good facilities for staying and eating. All-inclusive hiking tours with guides can be arranged or you can rough it and go on your own. November – February is considered a good time to visit.

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“Take my word for it and visit this magical corner of our beautiful planet.”

My time in Torres del Paine NP was magical. The park was blessed with beautiful weather on every single day I was there, and the days flew by. Only when on the catamaran at Lago Pehoé did I realize that my time in the park had almost come to an end, and at that moment – I was genuinely sad to leave.

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There are perhaps a few rare places on earth so soul-stirring that they are considered reminiscent of heaven; according to me, this is one of them. The below lines are borrowed from a recent Bollywood/ Hindi film song:
‘Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto’ (If there is ever a heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here)

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Take my word for it and visit this magical corner of our beautiful planet. I guarantee that you will take home experiences and memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

Story credit: Sudarshan Ruikar – Sudarshan.ruikar@gmail.com – https://www.facebook.com/ruikar.sudarshan