Chile’s Last Hope Sound

This is a century-old dock on the Seno Última Esperanza or Last Hope Sound, in Puerto Natales, Chile, the capital of Última Esperanza province and the main gateway for Torres del Paine National Park, the most visited in South America.

It’s said that the navigator Juan Ladrillero gave the sound its name back in 1557, thinking it was his last chance to reach the Strait of Magellan. Instead he reached a dead end at a glacier.

This is an often photographed view of the sound and it’s fairly obvious to see why. You can feel the sting of the wind, hear the choppy waves and the singing of the cormorants. One left his mark on my tripod as I took this photo. Even cormorants can be camera shy.

This also isn’t far from the departure dock for tours of the Last Hope Sound like the one that took me to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s largest and least-visited. One of the most popular posts on the site chronicles that voyage, and includes 40 photos and four short videos. In case you missed, it would make my day if you took a few minutes to check it out. And as always, feel free to share.

And since the theme isn’t cooperative, here’s the image in its full uncropped splendor.

Abandoned wharf, Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales, Chile


Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,130th straight, was snapped in Puerto Natales, Chile, on 6 February 2013.




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