Patagonia – The Road Less Travelled

I was invited to south of Chile by the Patagonian Tourism Authorities of Chile and Argentina, the place I had the possibility to go to again the beautiful cities of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and the ever awe-inspiring Full Day Torres del Paine del Paine National Park.

I flew with Qantas Airways and LAN Airlines via Auckland and Santiago to Punta Arenas. It was such an incredible feeling to go to again the quaint city of Punta Arenas; One of the southernmost towns of Chile.

Established in 1848, initially as a tiny penal colony which grew in measurement and significance due to the maritime trade visitors earlier than the Panama Canal was built. Afterward, the gold rush and sheep farming boom at the finish of the 1800’s gave a whole lot of riches to the households controlling the sheep farms. The elegant French fashion buildings and houses round the principle sq. are testimony of the wealth these families had. One among these positive houses is nowadays the Hotel Jose Nogueira.

A few days later, we boarded the Stella Australis Cruise for probably the most unforgettable journey via essentially the most remote and pristine fjords of the Southern Chilean Patagonia. I had a lovely cabin with ground to ceiling panoramic windows. With a capability of 210 passengers, three decks, stunning environment and tremendous dining.

Cruising by means of these distant Patagonian fjords and the view of the 5 glaciers coming down from the Sarmiento Mountains will keep imprinted in my memory for the rest of my life. The sense of remoteness inside those channels with dense forests, snowcapped mountains, no human settlements anywhere and the pure air was just what I needed to recover from the stress of my hectic life within the city.

We disembarked in the lovely city of Puerto Natales and continued by bus to the Rio Serrano area, one of the vital scenic elements of Torres del Paine Nationwide Park, the place we had a scrumptious BBQ lunch. I, then continued to Cascada Eco-Camp the place I stayed in one of the Suite Domes. A luxurious Eco-Camp inspired by the dwellings of the extinct Kaweskar nomadic seafarers who devised domed huts to withstand the winds which can attain a hundred and sixty Kms per hour.

I was lucky to have very sunny days with clear skies, crisp contemporary air with some leftover snow from the winter. My view of the towers was just awesome. The ornament and services of the domes with its green expertise, the guided treks and waking up in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness was another one of many many highlights this remote a part of the world has.

Patagonia is without doubt one of the most distinctive places I have ever visited in my life… This place retains drawing me to go back there and for me it is perhaps that stark and marked combination of uncooked, pristine natural beauty and the kindness of its people who welcome you with a simple however personable hospitality that makes you need to go back there once more, and again…