Luis and I spent several weeks in December and January 2010 (summer in the southern hemisphere) busing, hitchhiking and sailing our way through Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia to meet up with our dear friends, Nils and Preeta, in Torres del Paine National Park on the southern tip of Chile. En route, we hiked and camped through the gorgeous lake region of Bariloche, Junin de los Andes and San Martin de los Andes. One sunny Sunday, we took a day trip by boat to Los Siete Lagos (The Seven Lakes), one of the most stunningly beautiful regions of South America. Given the unparalleled scenery of the continent, that's no small statement; the vistas were breathtaking: tall, verdant cliffs, slate blue lakes, rolling fields of wildflowers alive with humming bees and butterflies and powerful, icy waterfalls.
We stopped for lunch and a cold beer on one of the beaches and watched the more ambitious paddle by us in kayaks or swim laps in wet suits (the water is literally glacial). After lunch, we hiked into the hills to visit the many cascades and local farms before reboarding our small boat to depart for the next breathtaking spot.