Travel With Nicholas

If you’re looking to escape the cold East Coast winters, then Patagonia might not be the obvious choice. Located at the southern tip of South America—far from the warmth of the Equator—Patagonia’s elevation and topography allow for plenty of snowcapped mountains and icy glaciers. But the astonishing landscape is truly a world away from New Bern, North Carolina, and so in February I went with my longtime friend, Howie Sanders, on what turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our travels.

The day after arriving, we set off to explore the Parque Nacional de los Glaciares—the National Glacier Park—where we hiked through the dramatic landscape and viewed the Perito Moreno, a large glacier and the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. Glaciers, of course, move at incredibly slow speeds, but as they dead-end, huge chunks of ice fall off into the water below. It’s very dramatic, and the crowd we were with couldn’t help cheering when we saw this happen.

If the beauty of the landscape while hiking up Cerro Frías the next day wasn’t breathtaking enough, our trip down the Cerro Frías zip line—the world’s longest—certainly did the job.

The following day we hiked to las Torres, a dramatic group of steep rock formations at the end of a lake. The low cloud formations that the rocky peaks cut through only made the landscape appear more alien.

Horseback riding through the Torres del Plaine national park was another highlight of the trip—and a good break after a whole lot of hiking!

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