It is truly wild and breathtaking, but above all Patagonia's beauty descends from its simplicity.



 as told by @chrisriefenberg

What's the must do and see here?

I can't put my finger on one thing. It's the bigger picture that you need to explore, its variety and vastness. It's like a puzzle you need to complete and you find the different pieces all over the country. The one thing you shouldn't come short with in Patagonia is time. Take your time and travel slowly and complete the puzzle. But if I have to highlight one thing it would probably be the little town of El Chalten with the Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, plenty of glaciers and lakes.






What makes this a special place to connect with nature?

You realize how small you are and how short our chapter on this earth is.Time seems to stand still and it looks like not all places can be conquered and exploited by humanity. It demonstrates nature's sheer power. In one day you can get surprised by powerful winds, snow and thunderstorms and then as fast as it came it disappears and the sun spreads its warmth again. You will witness endless glaciers, high alpine territory, iconic peaks, mountain lakes, wild streams or just some beautiful trekking paths guiding you through this environment.

Favorite memory here?

Going on a camping trip and being able to see the sunrise at Cerro Fitz Roy and Laguna los Tres as well as the Cerro Torre sunrise hike above the glaciers. Both are only an hour from base camp and it's totally worth waking up before dawn and freezing. If you witness a new day in this scenery you will never forget this morning in your life where everything was so fresh and so clear.

What superlative would you give La Patagonia?

Insane

Tell us about yourself!

I'm a 29 year old  sports and landscape photographer from Germany who lives in Austria. At some point during my study abroad semester in New Zealand in 2011 I fell in love with traveling to remote and pure places. From that day on I dedicated my life to follow my heart to find those places and to document them with my camera which then turned into a profession. This journey has lasted for 5 years now of nonstop traveling from New Zealand to Asia, Europe and South America. From Surfing to Snowboarding and mountain biking or just hiking, my camera always gives me some good company. My favorite quote: Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

LA PATAGONIA OVERVIEW

The expanse of la Patagonia covers thousands of miles of land in Chile and Argentina where the Andes mountains rise to their world renowned heights. Trekking through glaciers and climbing peaks the likes of Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and Volcan Corcovado are no joke, but the views at the end of the earth are nothing less than bacán.

Trout is what it's all about while fishing in Patagonia. The variety of terrain on the Rio Cisnes ranges from canyons to fjords with several paddable sections making for an excellent multi day expedition. Long days of hiking through the mountains deserves a little rest and relaxation. Get your gear, cast a line and enjoy the view.

What's your favorite pair of Rheos shades?

Style: Eddies
Frame Color: Gunmetal
Lens Color: Deep Sea
Description: Giant glaciers, bold landscapes and harsh sun sum up La Patagonia. Whether you're trekking the Andes or on the Cisnes river you won't want to miss a moment of it. The Eddies with lightweight Gunmetal frames are perfect the perfect companion for river fishing and the Deep sea lenses keep your eyes protected from the high altitude rays.

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THANKS FOR SHARING CHRIS! SEE MORE OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHY HERE
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