Los Cuernos

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Taken from the Lago Grey area of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, on February 26, 2017.

Chile’s most famous national park is Torres del Paine, which means The Blue Towers. And although those specific towers are striking -gigantic monoliths of rock jutting thousands of feet into the sky- they are somewhat inaccessible. Most people will only ever see them from far away, from a viewpoint miles and miles and miles away from the towers themselves. In contrast, Los Cuernos del Paine (The Blue Horns) are omnipresent in the park. The most famous, the most iconic views of Torres del Paine all involve Los Cuernos. And with good reason: these enormous columns of rock erupt over 6,000 feet from the shores of the lakes below. Their craggy nature give them an incredible character and aesthetic, and they are surely some of the most well-known and iconic mountains in the world.

Being mere miles from the western Chilean coast, this sub range of the Andes is also subject to a battering by the severe weather of the southern latitudes. Ferocious winds, blustery squalls, and intense downpours can spring up out of nowhere, mingling with perfect sunshine in a frustrating display of fickleness. But that same weather, when it hits Los Cuernos, often dances and plays with the light and atmosphere in a way that is a delight for photography.

On this particular day, after a beautiful morning exploring the Lago Grey region of Torres del Paine National Park, I was driving back toward my campsite as the winds picked up and began howling over the peaks. That led to the formation of incredible interlocking lenticular clouds over Los Cuernos, all of which basked in the afternoon sunlight.

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4 replies
  1. gregoire
    gregoire says:

    Hi Josh, stunning picture! I’m just discovering your work and loving it!
    I’m hiking on the O-circuit in early December this year in Torres del Paine and was wondering if I’d get similar viewpoints of Los Cuernos del Paine (around Camp Paine Grande) or if I’d have to go off the circuit further south on the west side of Lago Pehoe? Would you be able to let me know where you were in the Lago Grey region so I can gauge whether I have enough time to divert from the circuit? That’d be much appreciated 🙂
    All the best and keep up the great work!

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    • Josh Cripps
      Josh Cripps says:

      Hi Gregoire,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. This photo was taken from near the road that leads to the Grey Glacier, close to where the river makes a big U-turn. You do get a similar view to this from Paine Grande Camp, just a bit closer to the Cuernos. It’s a really amazing view so I wouldn’t worry too much about diverting off the circuit. And in my opinion the best view of the whole area is at the end of the Valle Frances. Have fun and enjoy!

      Josh

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