Between Lago Fagnano and Caleta María, you will see these mountains in layers, superimposed one in front of the other, a topographic cocktail that, despite not having an official path, is partially explorable and rather distant.
One or another path of guanaco guides natural routes that are drawn along its slopes where the forest canopy can still be seen before reaching the rocky and unattainable peaks.
The different opacities accuse the distances, the lights, the shadows and the textures. Those conditions show us the visual diversity projected by the southern hemisphere: rock, vegetation, ice, lagoons and slopes. Natural elements that remind us of the contrast of landscapes in relation to the pampas in the north of the Island. A landscape that even when it is approaching the southern hemisphere shows us one of its last friendly faces with habitability, with shelter and production.
This mountain range acts as transition from the gentle, organized topography of the Magallanes Fold and Thrust belt to the north, towards the formidable Darwin Cordillera to the south, where the latter arises imposing, isolated in its grand altitude guarding the Fueguian channels.
The orogeny of Darwin Cordilera initiated over a hundred million years ago. Since then, it has arisen continuously, each year half a millimetre closer to the sky. After millions of years of this, new rocks have been uplifted from the bowels of the Earth until the surface, only to be exposed to the unforgiving erosive power of ice and wind. This incessant cycle allows to uncover the roots of the Cordilera, exposing on its peaks rocks that were formed dozens of kilometres below the surface of the Earth.
While these rocks were being uplifted from the depths, the kilometres of rock that used to cover them were turned into dust and blown by the wind. Millions of years and the erosive action of ice and wind made sure of it.
Observing these peaks makes one wonder when what remains will also turn into dust. Who will be left then to breath its air?