Where the craggy peaks of the Patagonian Andes are too steep sided to hold snow, bare rocks pierce the sky. The famous Torres del Paine are perhaps the most well known example of this. Snowy mountains are common but here things are different. Gaze at rows of rocky peaks and suddenly notice an alpaca has strolled into view or an Andean condor draws your eye as it crosses the sun. These are not experiences to be had elsewhere. In this treeless world the views are always expansive in this land of unimaginable vastness.
Water is everywhere in Patagonia. Streams fall from the mountains into rivers and lakes. A boat trip takes us past icebergs the size of your house, floating gently by as we cruise towards a vertical wall of ice. As we get closer the scale of the glacier becomes more apparent until we are so close you can break off some ice for your G&T! The lucky few will be in for a treat when blocks of ice sometimes fall from the glacier face. But remember when you hear the noise, you have already missed the sight.
And the walking! Explore valleys and hills always with the Andean peaks as a backdrop. Light and shadow change constantly as southern winds drive clouds across the sun. Keep looking at the constantly changing views. Human impact on these mountains is minimal, the odd estancia (farm building) might catch your eye or perhaps a gaucho but this is nature at its wildest.
For more manmade pleasures we have time in Buenos Aires, including all the sights and an unmissable tango night.
To make use of British Airways new direct flight from Santiago to London we now return via Santiago allowing you a brief taste of a second iconic Latin American capital city.