© 2019 by Jenna DeLaurentis

TORRES DEL PAINE

Patagonia, Chile - March 2017

This place changed my life. Never have I seen a place with more beauty,

and never have I challenged myself like I did here. These mountains and

reflections are in my mind every day.

Torres del Paine National Park is located in Chilean Patagonia. With an

area of over 700 square miles, this park offers ample opportunity for exploration and discovery. From its jagged peaks to breathtaking glaciers, Torres del Paine is truly a magical place.

In March of 2017, I spent 8 days backpacking the O-Circuit loop around the park. Here is what I saw.

Day 3 and our day-to-day life in the wilderness began to feel normal. Wake up, boil water in the camp stove, eat some oatmeal, change into our hiking clothes, take down the tent, and head off to the start of the next day's trek.

Day 3 was mainly walking through the dense forest with few moments of open space. At times, I almost felt like I was walking through the green woods the local park near my house. This would all change the moment I looked up at the giant peaks surounding me, of course.