Photo Friday: Over the Rainbow in Patagonia

by Chris on July 27, 2012

Photo Friday: Going over the rainbow in Patagonia, undoubtably the best natural scenery that I’ve seen all year.

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter.

Rainbow in the Andes

This week’s Photo Friday theme is BEST. That’s a pretty all-encompassing topic. I’ve decided to tweak it more than usual, and put up some pictures from some of the “best” natural scenery that I’ve seen this year: Patagonia, and the rainbows that seemed to be appear every day.

Rainbow over Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales

My first rainbow came as soon as we checked in to the Hotel Singular, a boutique hotel on the shores of Last Hope Sound. Despite that desolate name, the hotel boasts a top-notch spa, a dining room that has an extensive list of Chilean wines (not to mention local specialties such as rabbit and guanaco) and floor to ceiling windows with views like the one you see above. Similar to other eco-lodges in South America, the hotel has a staff of guides that lead excursions into Torres del Paine, the Rio Serrano glacier and nearby Andes.

Horses and rainbows in the Andes

One of those excursions was something that I always wanted to do: horseback riding in the Andes. My visit took place in April, which is fall in Patagonia. The temperatures were about what you’d find in Alaska during the shoulder season, punctuated by blasts of cold air swooping in from the mountains. The weather was about as temperamental as you’d find in the Pacific Northwest, cloudy with breaks of sunshine.

The hacienda that the Hotel Singular used for its rides was a little more sheltered than Torres del Paine. So that ride felt relatively comfortable, without the ferocious winds that I felt elsewhere in Patagonia.

Rainbow over Patagonian fjord

My final rainbow came on a bird-watching excursion on Rio Serrano through the hotel’s catamaran. Besides the hawks swooping through the sky, we also saw wild flamingos, pink against the eerie landscape. I couldn’t stop taking photos. It’s the BEST natural scenery that I’ve seen so far, in a year that’s encompassed Japan, northern Canada and the Rocky Mountains.

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Kent @ No Vacation Required July 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

Beautiful, Chris! Love that shot with the horses.

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Chris July 27, 2012 at 7:20 am

Thanks! It was so pretty down there. I don’t think I put down my camera for more than a minute the entire time.

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Angela July 28, 2012 at 3:39 am

Wow gorgeous views, rainbows always make it for a lovely ambiance.

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Chris July 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

Thanks, Angela!

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Lavinia Pisani August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Great pictures and blog! I know that you will participate at the book passage travel writers & photographers conference. I will be there as well. I am looking foreword to meet you personally. =) See you soon, Lavinia.

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Chris August 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Thanks! Look forward to meeting you.

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