There is no shortage of beautiful views and lookouts in Patagonia. Many are located inside the popular Torres del Paine National Park, but you don’t have to hike for 4 days straight to be rewarded with spectacular vistas.

Laguna Sofia, Puerto Natales, Chile

Laguna Sofia, Puerto Natales, Chile

While in Puerto Natales, we hooked up with Felipe and Nili, an awesome crew from Armadillo Expeditions, to explore the region of Patagonia beyond Torres del Paine National Park.

To show us the best views Felipe and Nili took us to Laguna Sofia.

The Laguna is located just a short 1-hour drive from Puerto Natales, making it easy to experience on a day trip. The area offers lots of activities ranging from hiking and horseback riding to fly fishing.

Laguna Sofia, Puerto Natales, Chile

Laguna Sofia, Puerto Natales, Chile

There was no uncertainty about the views at Laguna Sofia, as the scenic panorama greeted us upon arrival. After snapping a few photos at the base of the lake we opted for a hike to the top of Cerro Queso to admire the views of the Laguna from the top.

Cerro Queso, view from the base of Laguna Sofia. Puerto Natales

Cerro Queso, view from the base of Laguna Sofia

The hike took us from 0 to 800-900m and took approximately 1.5hrs. The trail was steep and rocky, ascending almost the entire way-way up, but the views at the top were definitely worth the workout.

Max en route to the top of Cerro Queso

Max en route to the top of Cerro Queso

Laguna Sofia, Puerto Natales, Chile

Laguna Sofia, Puerto Natales, Chile

Dramatic cliffs at at the top of Cerro Queso, Laguna Sofia

Dramatic cliffs at the top of Cerro Queso, Laguna Sofia

We shared a cup of tea and admired the condors, that were circling around the mountain. Stunned with the beautiful clear sky we couldn’t stop taking photos of the area. Everywhere we looked was another chance for a beautiful panorama. 

We descended via the same route, giving ourselves plenty of chances to stop, take in the views, and enjoy the day.

Max, Nili and Felipe enjoying a break on the slopes of Cerro Queso at Laguna Sofia

Max, Nili, and Felipe enjoying a break on the slopes of Cerro Queso at Laguna Sofia

Once back at the lake, Nili and Felipe surprised us with an amazing gourmet picnic lunch complete with homemade bread, local wine, cheeses, meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Our gourmet lunch courtesy of Armadillo Expeditions

Our gourmet lunch courtesy of Armadillo Expeditions

The sun rays kissed our faces as we feasted on our amazing lunch, enjoying the best of Patagonian hospitality. It was the perfect to enjoy a day outdoors and to get an introduction to the beautiful scenery in and around Puerto Natales.

We couldn’t wait to see more!

Disclaimer: Big thanks to Nili and Felipe from Armadillo Expedition for hosting us on this wonderful day trip to Laguna Sofia. As always, all opinions expressed in this article are our own, regardless of who is footing the bill.