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Day 1201: Cycling Through Torres del Paine National Park

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 06 - 2014

Distance: 46.76 km
Ride time: 4:16:42
Average: 10.98 km/h
Total: 21490 km

I was feeling very excited when I passed the gate to the Torres del Paine National Park early in the morning. I had made it through the isolated dirt track without problems, and I could now expect to see some people again.

Cycling in the National Park was absolutely stunning with the road twisting past the blue lakes.

I parked the bike and made a 1.5 hour hike up to a viewpoint overlooking Lake Nordenskjöld.

At the viewpoint I met a friendly couple from New Zealand. It turned out I had cycled past their house on the South Island a year earlier. After 10 minutes the couple’s guide explained that they had to keep moving as they had a busy program for today. I enjoyed the freedom of my own independent way of traveling and took a short nap at a bench instead.

Later in the day the wind picked up. For the first time I was enjoying a solid tailwind in Patagonia. I almost didn’t have to turn the pedals on the steep climbs. This was a very good thing as the legs were feeling very tired at this point from the combination of cycling and hiking.

On a ridge overlooking the Torres del Paine I decided to call it an early day and sat up camp for the night. This spot would easily make it into my top 3 of wild camping spots around the world.

I’m truly glad I decided to make the detour to this stunning National Park. I would have been a shame to miss.

Categories: Chile
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7 Responses so far.

  1. Phil, Linda, Luca & Eli says:

    Looks stunning, Tom.

    Happy New Year and happy pedalling from all in Cass Bay, NZ.

  2. Marie says:


  3. Martin says:

    Amazing views Thomas! Enjoy!

    73 de LU5DX

  4. Thomas says:

    Thanks guys! Yes, indeed world class cycling around here! Happy New Year from Patagonia!

  5. Oliver says:

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I want to go there myself so badly one day and hope to be able to realize the big South America journey next year, discovering the beauty and marvels this fascinating continent has to offer…
    Such a distinctive mountain range and stunning visuals indeed! Thanks for sharing and safe journey! I hope you can soak up many more adventures on and along your way… 🙂 Cheers, Oliver

  6. Thomas says:

    Hey Oliver! Yes, Patagonia is hard to beat when it comes to nature and adventure! Some amazing places! Hope you will be able to make it next year! Happy travels! Thomas