Upon returning from Patagonia-- the southern most zone of Chile where country and continent fade into Antarctic ocean-- I decided this is not where the earth ends as they say, but instead where it begins; growing from frozen water and rock onwards and upwards into the green. The mountains and glaciers were breathtaking, or rather breath giving, as the air down there is so crisp and clean that my poor lil' urbanized lungs could finally inhale deeply.
We flew into Punta Arenas, toured the small fishing town and its sites for the day, and then took a 3 hour bus trip up to Puerto Natales to stay for 2 nights. One day included a tour by van of the Torres del Paine National Park, and the other day consisted of spontaneous exploration.
To describe this place is to pond-wade, here are some photographs: