ultramarinus – beyond the sea


From Pudeto, it was a 2-hour walk on the main road to Camping Pehoe.  With our backpacks, we walked slowly along the east shore of Lago Pehoe, passed by several lookouts, including the bridge of Hosteria Pehoe.  By the time we arrived at the campsite, it was already 5pm.  We checked in at our “dome”, rested a bit, and walked to the nearby hillside trying to find our way to Mirador Condor.  Unfortunately the trail was badly damaged by fire, and we could no longer see the path.  Clusters of newly planted trees filled up a large area of the hill.  Back at the camp, we walked down to the nearby beach for some magnificent views of Cuernos del Paine and Lago Pehoe.  The lake was really calm with almost no wind, perhaps many would consider a rarity in Patagonia.  We had dinner at the grill house in Camping Pehoe.  With the fantastic backdrop of Cuernos del Paine, the simple grill house was the perfect place to finish the day after a long day of trekking.  Besides, their grill meat was truly excellent.  After dinner, we went to the beach again while there was still plenty of light.  At this time of the year, the Patagonian sky wouldn’t turn dark until at least 10:30pm.  It was almost at dusk when we retreated to our dome.  Except occasional waves and distant laughter of campers, Lake Pehoe was in absolute serenity.  On our first day of Torres del Paine, we had experienced the utmost tranquil Patagonia.


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Read more on Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in 2013 South America:
Day 62.1 – Introduction
Day 62.2 – Mirador Cuernos, Torres del Paine
Day 62.3 – Camping Pehoe, Torres del Paine
Day 63.1 – Pudeto, Torres del Paine
Day 63.2 – Paine Grande to Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine
Day 63.3 – Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine
Day 64.1 – Glacier Grey to Paine Grande
Day 64.2 – Mirador Pehoe
Day 64.3 – Palette of Spring
Day 64.4 – Refugio Paine Grande
Day 65.1 – Paine Grande to Camping Italiano
Day 65.2 – Valle Fances
Day 65.3 – Camping Italiano to Refugio Cuernos
Day 66.1 – Refugio Cuernos to Valle Acencio
Day 66.2 – Refugio Chileno
Day 67.1 – Las Torres
Day 67.2 – Descend
Day 67.3 – Asado de Cordero, Puerto Natalas
Day 68.1 – Punta Arenas
Day 68.2 – La Marmita, Punta Arenas

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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