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10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Torres del Paine National Park

I’m super excited to be heading to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region in January. It’s a real holiday – though I’m sure a few of my armchair readers might think that trekking for 8 – 10 days in conditions that can include gale force winds, rain and possible snow doesn’t sound like much fun. However the mountains in Paine are like no other place on the planet – and they’ve been calling me for a long time.

There are four of us going with the plan to hike the full “O” circuit – which also includes the W” circuit. I’ve been bogged down in details – like how the heck do you book campsites when there are three companies operating on the circuits; do we pay for meals in refugios or cook our own; should we wear leather hiking boots or will lightweight GoreTex ones work? Can we book a bus into the park ahead of time or do we worry about that when we reach Puerto Natales? 

Trover – the trip planning app 

What I haven’t done is think about the landscape – which is why we’re going in the first place. I checked out a free website and app called Trover – a true game-changing travel planning tool. I downloaded the app for Android though of course its available for Apple tooThe Trover app is highly intuitive so what I did next was type in Torres del Paine National Park and bingo – I had Instagram worthy inspiration.

I also played around with Trover to get ideas of other places that we’ll be visiting on our Chile – Argentina trip. Just for fun I typed in Puerto Natales – and all sorts of spots I hadn’t considered showed up. Ditto for Punta Arenas, El Chalten, El Calafate and La Becasina where we’ll be staying near Buenos Aires at the end of the trip. The bottom line. It’s a super useful, free travel planning tool that would be easy to get hooked on. Loads of photos appear at your fingertips – with many giving photo details and an exact location.

Are there other reasons to use Trover?

Trover is similar to other social media platforms like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram but it feels more genuine. The platform is solely about travel so you won’t find any fashion or food divas here. There’s a distinct lack of selfies – a refreshing change from Instagram in particular. And each image on Trover is not only geotagged so you can see it on a map but it’s got a description – and sometimes it’s incredibly detailed. Images aren’t shared either, so it’s the photographer who’s responsible for what you see.

As you scroll through Trover you can also make a list of places you want to visit on your trip – a feature that can keep you organized. I made a list featuring places in Argentina and Chile that I know we’ll be visiting. I also chose shots featuring different angles of the same thing – to help stir my creativity when I’m down there. Each place on the list you make shows up on a map and from there you can start thinking through timelines on your trip. (See below.) Perhaps some of them will be too far to fit in on this trip but at least I can quickly see that on the map.

10 Instagram worthy shots of Paine National Park in Chile

My list of places I want to see based on what I found on Trover

Based on research I did on Trover check out these 10 Instagram worthy shots of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. I hope to be taking similar photos come January 2019.

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

I get excited thinking about hiking on trails like this – Photo credit: Jens Johnsson on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

At least it’s calm some of the time in Torres del Paine National Park – Photo credit: parsing-eye on Unsplash

P10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

Admiring the towers in Torres del Paine National Park – Photo credit: Perter Winckler on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

One look at those clouds and I know I have to be prepared for all types of weather – Photo credit: Olga Stalska on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

Looks like it will be worthwhile getting up at 3 AM to hike and catch the sunrise – Photo credit: Hector Marquez on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

Pretty sweet view from the tent – Photo credit: Frank Holleman on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

Trails look easy to follow – Photo credit: Guillermo Riquelme on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

What a backdrop for these gorgeous- turquoise – coloured lakes – Photo credit: Olga Stalska

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

Grand scenery with frequent mood swings – Photo credit: Thomas Fields on Unsplash

10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

We’ll be keeping an eye out for guanacos – Photo credit: Jeremy Perret on Unsplash

Click on any of the photos below to get more detailed information – just as you would if you were using your own phone or computer.

View photos near Torres del Paine National Park on Trover

Despite the appearance of lenticular clouds signaling high winds in many of the photos, my enthusiasm for my upcoming trek in Paine hasn’t wavered. In fact, I’m even more excited as I think about the places we’ll see before and after the Paine trek.

A big thank you to Trover for making this post possible – and to opening my eyes to the ease of this travel app.

Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
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