Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Torres del Paine, Chile

The Singular Hotel in Patagonia is truly unique. Each room has a stunning view of the lake (below), but what is truly interesting is that the hotel is situated in what was once a sheep slaughterhouse. The hotel acquired the site from the government, after agreeing to preserve and maintain the property.

Exterior view of the hotel. The guestrooms are in the branch to the right, the brick buildings once processed sheep but now house a fine restaurant, a bar, and reception area.

Torres del Paine is one of the largest national parks in Chile. Horseback riding on the historic Estancia Puerto Consuelo is but one of many options tourists may select to enjoy the park.  

Fishing remains a major economic factor in the village of Puerto Natales.

St. Andrew the Apostle, Patron Saint of Fishermen

Wildlife is abundant throughout the park, and we observed a flock of flightless rheas. Condors were frequently spotted, soaring high above on powerful gales.

Guanaco are plentiful. Usually, hunting is allowed only in Tierra del Fuego, where there are no natural predators. Recently, however, hunting has been allowed in Torres del Paine to help control the population. Guanaco steaks are justly popular.

                             The three soaring granite 'torres', or towers, which give the park its name.

A spectacularly beautiful area.

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