Argentina: Peninsula Valdez, Ushuaia,
National Park Fitz Roy. Chile:
National Park Torres del Paine
Patagonia, just the word itself would
inspire images of vast barren land, harsh climate and magnificent snow-capped mountain ranges. There is no single picture
that can accurately portray the ‘typical’ Patagonia. The wild lives at the coast of Peninsula Valdez are equally
descriptive as the rocky towers of Torres del Paine. Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of land between the official ‘start’
point at the Argentinean state of Rio Negro and Ushuaia, the south most city of the world are simply semi-arid desert-like
As much as I would like to imagine
myself as a reasonable photographer, looking at these pictures I will tell all viewers that none of these pictures does justice
to the dramatic scenery in this part of South America. The drama of Patagonia extends beyond its landscape. Much of its history
includes tales of brave explorers sailing across the Atlantic and terrible stories of settlement being ruthlessly annihilated
by the severe weather.
Finally, it is here I began my interest in hiking. Despite my involuntary contribution
of USD 2,000 to the local community of El Chaten in Argentina, and nearly ending up as a fossil study for archeologists 2,000
years later in the National Park of Fitz Roy, I had truly enjoyed the 4-week long torture by the inhospitable Patagonia.