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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.