Reflections from Patagonia
I travelled to Patagonia in October 2016 as part of a 6 week trip across Colombia, Chile and Argentina. It was the final chunk of freedom I had before starting work so I wanted to feel as far away and as disconnected from my new reality as possible.
I based myself in the towns of Puerto Natales in Chile and El Chalten in Argentina, and hiked a different trail everyday. I was travelling solo and loved the hours of peace and space when hiking alone but also joined group trips to get to trickier points like the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Some of the images were taken at the end point of a 7 hour round hike, like the incredible Laguna Torre at the end of the Cerro Torre trek, but some of them were taken at rest stops on drives and just reflect the impressive scenery that surrounds you at every point in Patagonia.
The whole landscape is other-worldly, and made me feel a strong physical and mental distance from normal life. The hours of undistracted solitude in the wilderness naturally make you calm and reflective but Patagonia in particular made me feel grateful for my opportunity to travel.
The more you learn about the landscape, the more you realise the extent of the impact that human actions have had on an environment that is so far from our everyday experience. Just seeing it in its current state is an experience to be grateful for.
Patagonia is such an eery and tranquil place – you’re standing by the edge of the lake watching a huge fleet of ice floes calmly approach you on the water, and every now and then one will fracture with a thunderous crack as it melts and is carried towards the shore.
Tiffany Liow is half Malaysian-Chinese half Italian, a lawyer living in London, and a keen traveller and travel photographer. Her favourite travel destinations are Malaysia for the melting pot of cuisines and Patagonia for the wine and hikes.