Giants of Patagonia:
Dwarfed by Nature in Chile’s Torres del Paine
Give me a condor’s quill! Give me Vesuvius’ crater for an inkstand!
~ Herman Melville, in Moby-Dick
Named for Magellan’s mythical giants, Patagonia is one of those rare places where it’s typical for tourists to feel dwarfed by nature. In the online guest book for Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, many visitors share similar sentiments to the ones left by visitor Diego Araya, “I went to Patagonia on holiday and returned a changed person…overwhelmed by the forces of nature and its boundless beauty, amazed by the richness of its animal life….” Wrote another visitor, Chris Krebs, “…the park became the absolute highlight of our trip! The reason for its enchantment probably is its sense of immensity, of still being untouched…of really being at the end of the world, that fills you upon entering.”