As part of our ten day excursion to various parts of the Torres Del Paine region, we spent a couple of days staying at the ranch in Baguales.
I love the name, Baguales, which means something along the lines of an animal that should be tamable (like a horse or a cow) but cannot be tamed. It doesn’t just mean a wild animal, but an animal wild beyond hope of ever breaking down.
The cattle and sheep ranch is remote. It’s above the tree line. From the ranch house, as far as you can see, you cannot see another structure. There are no trees. Only grass and wind. Endless yellow grass blanket rolling hills backed by jagged red and black rock mountains dusted in snow. Herds of guanaco move through the hills, feeding especially around the lush green banks of springs trickling through the yellow grass.
Of particular interest are the fossils of Baguales. Due to the prehistoric past of the region, which has been under ocean water more than once and seems to have been on the shoreline of the ancient world, there are fossils in the mountains of various types. There are marine fossils and terrestrial plant and leaf fossils.
We had fun for a couple of days exploring the hillsides and patches of rock rich with fossils.