Chile: Off the Grid

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

This weekend, we visited the most southern part of Chile – a national park called Torres del Paine. It was by far the most beautiful place I have ever seen. We did several hikes throughout the weekend that led us to incredible views of the mountain ranges that left me speechless.

One of the hikes was a total of 16 miles to see the Torres (towers) which is what the national park is known for. 16 miles was a lot of hiking and it left us all drained, but seeing those towers made it all worth it.

Other than the amazing hikes we did, I really enjoyed being off the grid for a while. There was no cell service in the park so I was able to relax and really live in the moment, not having to think about other things going on in the world.

The famous “Torres”
Viewing the mountain range from the distance