Day 262 – Torres del Paine – Day 2 of 10 (Part one)

I headed to the hotel to check the availability of the Chileno campsite. Unfortunately it was solidly booked. That meant having to stay an additional night at my current campsite. At least on the way back I got to see the sun hitting the Torres, making them glow a spectacular bright orange.

Sun hitting Torres del Paine

Sun hitting Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine glowing with the morning sun

Torres del Paine glowing with the morning sun

Torres del Paine in full glow mode

Torres del Paine in full glow mode

My day seemed shot. I had the upper Torres sight booked for tomorrow so it did not make sense for me to put in a 9hr day to up to the Torres and back down only to repeat tomorrow. I opted to go back to sleep since the campsites are super noisy and I did not sleep well last night. When I woke up for the second time I cooked breakfast, and realized I could hike out back from where I came and make a day hike out of the Sarmiento trail. I think this trail is overlooked by 95% of the trekkers here. It was not on my list of things to do but at least my day would be salvaged. Had it not been for this circumstance of not being able to get the campsite I wanted, I wouldn’t have hiked it. Walking towards the trail this is what I saw.

Walking towards Administracion Laguna Amarga

Walking towards Administracion Laguna Amarga

I started on the trail and immediately saw guanacos. A guanaco is a camel-like animal (without humps) and to me, looks like a cross between a lama and a camel. It’s scientific name is Lama guanicoe. This hike proved to be a guanacofest. They were prevalent all along the trail and I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Excuse the large number of photos but I was in love with these silly beasts.

Cautious Guanaco

Cautious Guanaco

Guanaco laying down

Guanaco laying down

Guanaco posing for the camera

Guanaco posing for the camera

King of the Guanacos

King of the Guanacos

Closeup of the king

Closeup of the king

Chewing Guanaco

Chewing Guanaco

The goofball of the group

The goofball of the group

At one point I even sat down next to some that were laying down. I slowly scooched my way closer to them.

Sitting next to a Guanaco

Sitting next to a Guanaco

Sitting with the Guanaco herd

Sitting with the Guanaco herd

I was within 10 feet of one when a fun thought came to mind. This would be a poor time for a puma attack. Could I be mistaken for a guanaco if that were the case? Then as I saw some of the insects crawling in the vegetation I was sitting in, I wondered if guanaco’s carried ticks. All fun thoughts. Eventually another guanaco came running and scared the ones I was sitting next to. That was my queue to continue down the trail.

 

The rest of the day will be continued on my next post day after tomorrow.

2 Comments:

  1. Yvonne. You know who

    The places you have visited and the gorgeous pictures you have taken warrant the writing of a book– At least a guide for future explorers such as yourself. Enjoy your travels and keep safe. Take care. Yvonne

    • Yvonne,

      Thanks for the comment and encouragement to write a book. I would like to amass a larger volume of content before considering such a lofty endeavor. As far as a guidebook, it’s a little tricky. Places change so rapidly that the rules on how to best navigate them change quickly. The information becomes stale pretty quickly. When returning to certain places I visited about two years ago, I was shocked at the development. Also inflation is significant. The Argentine peso has changed from 5.3 to $1USD to 8.75/$1USD. Meaning anything written last year on cost is probably off.

      You and mom will be happy to know that I have been staying quite safe 🙂

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