Still Life – Chilean Graves

Cemeteries in Chile are far from resembling European parks. Nothing is further from the visitor here than marble mausoleums, polished granite slabs or gilded grave inscriptions, as you can often find them in Western European cemeteries ..

Chilean graves are usually roofed over with a small hut, structures resembling garden sheds, made from materials that the relatives had at hand: wood, sheet metal …

These “houses” serve exclusively to protect the decorated grave: Through the window panes in which other tombs are reflected, you can see tons of artificial flowers, next to them in a colorful mess photos of the deceased, things that belonged to his life, photos, medals, maybe a doll or a toy car, plus a rosary and plaster figures of various Saints …

Torres del Paine

Volcanoes in Patagonia

There are many volcanoes in Patagonia. Here are a few photos of Lanin (Argentina), Llaima (Argentina/Chile), Lonquimay (Chile) und Villarica (Chile).

National Park Los Glaciares

Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre surely are among the most visited places in Patagonia.

The village of El Chaltén was founded on October 12th in 1985 to establish Argentinas claim (competing with Chile) to this part of land. Still today the borders between the two countries are not definitely set. On hikers maps there is no border and if you want to do some extended hike to the back-country, you’ll be well advised to carry your passport in the backpack, for even on the big glaciers you might run into a border control.

In El Chaltén – in summer about 1500 inhabitants – you don’t notice anything about this. El Chaltén consists mainly of tourist and expedition agencies, hiring and/or selling services and equipment. Of course there are bars and restaurants too, as well as two or three small supermarkets, a campsite and, most important of all, a filling station.

Fitz Roy (originally El Chaltén – Smoking Mountain) is to be seen already from far away, if not – as its name pretends – hidden by clouds.