puyehue volcano, chile

Puyehue Volcano, Chile

PLACE: Puyehue Volcano
LOCATION:  Puyehue National Park, Chile
NOTORIOUS: Snow Patterns
NEAREST AIRPORT: PMC, Puerto Mont
COORDINATES: 40.5903° S, 72.1172° W
CURRENCY: Chilean Peso

Other than media reporting flight cancellations, you probably didn’t hear about Puyehue Volcano erupting in June of 2011. It left some of the most eccentric snow patterns I’ve seen to date. I feel like these patterns could inspire some incredible textiles so I wanted to highlight them for an inspiration board.

The volcano still has lava flowing and is apparently part of a group of volcanoes that are considerably volatile and unpredicatable. Maybe it’s not the best time to go just yet and thank all the photographers who captured this incredible landscape for us.

Puyehue Volcano, Chile

Puyehue Volcano, Chile

torres del paine, chile

torres del pain, chile
PLACE: Cordillera del Paine
LOCATION:  Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
NOTORIOUS: Tower Mountains
NEAREST AIRPORT: Punta Arenas (a day’s bus ride from park)
COORDINATES: 51.0000° S, 73.0000° W
CURRENCY: Chilean Peso

Apparently this hike is spectacular – the best part is you can do a quick day trip to see the towers, walk the popular “W” route in about five days, or trek the full circle in 8 to 9 days. This region is the transition between Magellanic subpolar forests (a refuge for the Antarctic flora) and the Patagonian Steppes (one of the largest cold winter deserts in the world), so expect to see some unique and magnificent plants and wildlife.

Due to Torres Del Paine’s ridiculously southern location, the austral summer is the only time to go. The high tourist season is January and February, so if you want to avoid it go in December. The park has a temperate cold rain without a dry season so dress accordingly (ie. layers). On your trip, try to get a glimpse of Glacier Grey which is supposedly one of the most beautiful glaciers in the world. Also, don’t miss the Frenchman’s Valley – the most scenic lookout over this transitional region.

torres del pain, chile
torres del pain, chile
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Torres Del Paine, Chile

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