Chances are, that if you hear the words Chilean Patagonia, you think of Torres del Paine, the beautiful (and now, very popular) destination in the very south of Patagonia.
But today, I am here to share our adventure in a more hidden part of Chilean Patagonia: Cerro Castillo. I had never heard of Cerro Castillo until Carlos and I were planning our trip in mid Patagonia when he mentioned that he had been on a day trek there 9 years earlier, and there was a four day route you could do. And, I am so so glad he suggested it, as it really was the most beautiful scenery I’ve seen. I have so so many photos to share with you, so today you’ll see days one and two, and next Wednesday I will publish days 3 and 4.
The trek begins an hour outside of Coyhaique, where we took a local bus that dropped us off on the side of a road, and into the forest we walked.
Day One ~ approx. 7 hours of walking.
Day one was a day of pretty flat walking, very green scenery and mountains in the background ~ those that we were heading towards.This was the coldest water I’ve ever felt. It came straight from the glaciers that we were heading to. Needless to say, this river crossing felt like needles in my legs! It felt like a loooong walk across. But just look how clear it is!Why such a big bag? Well you are carrying all of your food with you for four days plus a tent, sleeping bag, mats and clothes. But, I got lucky and Carlos carried the weight of our belongings. But, hours of walking with weight on your back is tough!An hour before reaching the camping site, you officially enter the park as the hours before are walking through private land.
And let me tell you, the camping on this trek is very rustic as it basically just means the land is flat for your tents and it’s by a water source (the river), which was the freshest water I’ve ever tasted, so delicious! Oh and a non-flushing toilet.
Day two ~ approx. 6 hours of walking.
Day two was full of so so much beauty. It was shorter than day one, but with lots more ups and downs, making it much harder. But all of that leg effort was totally worth the views we got to see… just look. I still can’t get over it!So at this moment, we couldn’t believe how pretty this view was – blue sky, fluffy clouds, a distant mountain with snow capped peaks and glaciers. I snapped so many images of this view, until we kept walking and got closer and closer, and the view just got even more unbelievable…Just look at this glacier!Carlos snapped this of me, I really was just staring in awe!… and then down we went.
Oh, another glacier.Just as we reached the camping for day two!
We loved day two! And can you believe that day three was maybe even more beautiful?! I’ll be sharing it next Wednesday!
Where have you seen such natural beauty?
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