Villa Paulina Things to Do
by Glospi Updated Apr 23, 2004
One of the main drives for visitors to Yerba Loca, is the glacier of La Paloma («the dove»), at the end of the canyon, 3 kilometres from the base camp at Casa de Piedra.
Be either climb it, hike to its base, or just watch its emerald-blue ice from a distance, it’s a rewarding experience and a glorious sight, as many people who goes there can’t believe that such a glacier might be so close to a big city as Santiago, which is not so southerly located to (supposedly) have huge masses of ice nearby. But it has.
La Paloma is a hanging glacier -this is, with falling ice and seracs, without an exposed forward moraine- just like those one may see in the far south or in San Rafael lagoon.
Its base is at about 3400 meters/11,150 ft. and the top is at an approximate altitude of 4100 meters/13,450 ft.
Climbing it requires of technical and safety moutaineering equipment (to different extents, depending on the chosen route), but approaching to the base across the valley is easy: as you enter the valley, there’s a trail that follows the contour of the right hillside, leading directly to the glecier’s base.
In summer, it can take about 30-45 minutes to get to the base, or 1 hour in snowy winters.
Taken with a Mamiya C220 6×6 format camera, 80 mm. lens, f.11, 1/30 sec. POL filter, Fujichrome Velvia 50 Professional slide film