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Here is a classic view of the Torres del Paine. This translates roughly as "Towers of Blue" from the local Quechua language and refers to the colour of the ice here.

We reached this lake after trekking up from the village at the base of the mountain. We tried to do it as quickly as possible as we only had very limited time and the bus was leaving at midday! The final part of the climb was very difficult and involved scrabbling over a huge rockfall - just what you need to finish your kneecaps off.

We were very lucky with the weather as it stayed dry for the day. A few minutes after this photo was taken, the clouds rolled in and hid the tops of the towers, so we were very happy to get this shot - it almost made all the pain worthwhile!

This mountain is infamous for its strong winds, and on the way back down we were hit by a gust that was so strong it actually knocked 2 grown men to the ground.

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