Panorama of the Week: Lake Pehoe — Torres del Paine, Chile

Have you ever been hiking and witnessed colors so surreal that you find it difficult to believe they’re natural?

The turquoise hue of Lake Pehoe in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile certainly falls into this category. Open up the panorama below to see for yourself.

360-Degree Panorama: Lake Pehoe — Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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  1. Sutapa Chattopadhyay says

    The skies are so blue and beautiful, they look photoshopped (which they are not, I know). Wow!! When did you guys go to Chile?

  2. says

    I was struck by your introduction to the lake and its changing colors.
    There is one exactly like this in Ladakh (J&K) India.
    It is roughly 300 Kms away from the famous Leh.
    The Lake is half in India and half in China. Its name: Pangong Tso. Tso means lake. Here is a link to some pictures.
    I was there a few years ago but don’t have any photos ready at hand to post for you.
    Have fun travelers. :)

  3. says

    @Henry: These panoramas are made by taking 4-5 shots with an 8mm fisheye lens. Then we use AutoPano software to stitch them together and create the flash “tour” you see here.

    @Sutapa: The clouds in Patagonia are truly amazing as well. It’s as if the earth is curved in a certain way since you’re so close to the southern pole and the clouds pop out like this in certain places. We were in Chile in early 2010 – Patagonia, Chiloe and Santaigo. Still lots of the country we haven’t seen, so would like to return one day.

    @Dean: The Torres del Paine trek is tough, not so much because of the altitude or super steep slopes, but because you’re carrying your camping equipment with you and you feel that extra weight. But, it is quite beautiful as you see here!

    @Kierston: You can see another panorama from this trek – sunrise at Las Torres – at the top of this post: Hope you have a chance to see this for yourself soon!

    @Madhu: We’ve had dreams of visiting Ladakh for many years. Now we have yet another reason to go! Pangong Tso looks absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. Sutapa Chattopadhyay says

    Read the article on your hike through Torres del Paine National Park. It was funny and interesting. On a different note, did you guys have lunch/dinner/breakfast/supper at a nice restaurant in Patagonia (Chile or Argentina, I know it is a big region covering 2 countries and many states in Argentina and Chile)? Was it mainly lamb and local produce? How was it? Just curious…

  5. says

    @Sutapa: Glad you enjoyed the Torres del Paine trek piece. That spider bite was epic, or at least my waking up to Audrey’s eye post-bite was. As for Chilean food, it was a mixed bag. On the Chilean Patagonian coast (in places like Puerto Natales or Coyhaique), you could find crab (crab cannelloni, for example) and some decent fish like salmon. As for ceviche, it was OK, but better in Peru. Inland, over the border in Patagonian Argentina, you’d find more lamb/sheep, usually lined or stacked up in parrillas (grills). In both countries, you could always find steak. Some of the best steak in the world — our best experiences happening up north around Santiago, Chile and also Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and Buenos Aires. However, overall, I can’t say food was a highlight of our Patagonian experience.

    I hope that answered your question, roundabout.

    @Azeem: Because of the daylight, we didn’t need to edit anything in this panorama. The only sort of editing we do is light balancing (for shadows, for example.) It’s not our thing to do HDR-like image manipulation to create colors that didn’t actually exist.

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