In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

Although its long been a mecca for adventurous types, for many years South America’s southern frontier remained firmly off the average tourist’s radar. Slowly but surely this is subtly changing –  word is starting to get out about just how incredible this place is. An untamed wilderness of vast extremes, it has few equals in the world and its diverse landscapes range from the planet’s largest area of permanent ice (away from the poles) to the lowest point on the South American continent. Our guest photographer Patrick Roche spent three weeks exploring the surreally beautiful region, spending time in the city of El Calafate – the declared national capital of the famous glaciers, the small mountain village of El Chaltén (otherwise known as Argentina’s Trekking Capital) and took in the spectacular scenery on the ‘O’ and ‘W’ Trek. Here is his Patagonia journey in BIG pictures…

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

In BIG pictures: Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Global Grasshopper

All photos taken by guest photographer Patrick Roche. 

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