Chronicle: On Foot in Torres del Paine enables readers to gain
a sense of the rewards and challenges of travel south of the 40th
parallel in Chile and Argentina — Patagonia. Through journal
entries, interviews, historic documents, and essays on subjects
unique to the region, the reader samples the richness of the land
and its peoples past and present.
The book is for anyone
contemplating a hike in Chile’s most famous park. Hikers en route to
Torres del Paine will benefit from the detailed park information
with descriptions of the accommodations, trekking routes, and trails
as well as time and mileage charts, suggested itineraries, and a
trail elevation profile.
However, Patagonia Chronicle is more than a trekking
guide to that spectacular park: it casts a much larger net.
Practical information is abundant. As such, this book will appeal
not only to hikers, but also to travelers of all stripes. Besides
Torres del Paine, readers discover the gateway towns that most
Patagonian travelers enjoy exploring such as: Punta Arenas, Puerto
Natales, and El Calafate. They visit Los Glaciares National Park —
home of Perito Moreno Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy.
Travelers will also find information about touring Chile’s and
Argentina’s more temperate Lake Districts and several other national
parks inside and outside of Patagonia. They’ll learn about
Ushuaia—the hub for Antarctic visits. And, because most travelers to
Patagonia will spend time in Santiago or Buenos Aires on their way
farther south, they’ll find the colorful chapters on those capital
Finally, an underlying question raised in the book: how to gauge
the risks and confront the fears that must be overcome when seeking
adventure in unknown territory can be helpful and inspiring to any
adventurer. In Patagonia Chronicle we learn that the author
wants to backpack the Torres del Paine back country circuit, but she
knows that the trek can range from a moderate activity to a
life-threatening one — depending on the extremely unpredictable
weather. In life there are always demons to slay: how does one
decide when to continue on and when to turn back?
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