Chile: Beautiful Patagonia

Submitted by Jessie Eastburn on the 2020 winter session study abroad program in Chile sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures…

Today was the second day in Patagonia. The group hiked up to the Torres del Paine lookout. The hike was more than 20 miles and took over 10 hours. It was very difficult in certain parts and straight uphill over a field of rocks in other parts. Once I climbed over the last rock and the view of Torres emerged before my eyes, the struggle was immediately made worth it. The lake under Torres was the iciest and coolest blue I’ve ever seen and the towers themselves seemed to kiss what little clouds there were in the sky. The hike to the lookout was without a doubt, the hardest I’ve ever done, but also the most beautiful.

After a 5 hour hike, the view from the Torres Del Paine lookout