Hiking the W – Taking the Ferry across Lago Pehoe
By Dominic Urbano
(Patagonia) – Our ‘W’ hike in Torres del Paine National Park began with a ferry ride across Lago Pehoe to Refugio Paine Grande. It was a beautiful way to get a broad view of the mountain peaks and valleys through which we would soon be trekking. A windy and bumpy ride on the catamaran was not ideal for photography but with spectacular views of Cerro Paine Grande, Los Cuernos (‘The Horns’) and Torres del Paine, I spent about half of my time on the boat capturing images and the other half just enjoying the scenery. Emerald green water with white-capped waves provided the foreground and swirling clouds the backdrop for the rugged mountain peaks. Even if a person had no plans to do any hiking in the park, taking a trip across the lake and back would be well worth it.
Hiking the W is an excellent way to experience this part of Torres del Paine, but some of the best views of the mountains are had when you are further away. The ferry across Lago Pehoe provides people with an opportunity to get that wide view.
Video – Shooting from a moving deck of a boat can be tricky!
Photographer Dominic Urbano is based in Leavenworth WA USA. The information and photography from this trek in Patagonia are from March of 2014.
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