A mental health technician at Temple University Hospital, Todd Belok has years of experience in medicine and patient care, both in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In his free time, Todd Belok enjoys traveling. Among other treks, he completed a backpacking trip through Patagonia last year.
Patagonia, which stretches across the southern end of South America in Chile and Argentina, is a hiker’s paradise, full of mountains, valleys, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls. In particular, Torres del Paine National Park in Chile has been often ranked highly by outdoor enthusiasts.
One of the best ways to explore Torres del Paine is by backpacking and camping. Most campers begin in Puerto Natales, Chile, where they catch a bus to the park entrance. Many campsites are free, though they can sometimes be full or closed. Paid campsites are also an option. There are two kinds of paid campsites: private ones, which offer toilets, showers, water, and a place to cook, and those located next to a refugio, which offer a great deal of amenities, including restaurants and minimarkets as well as rental gear. While hikers may rent their gear when they get to Torres del Paine, it is less costly to buy and bring along your own equipment.