Patagonia – The Road Much 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 towns of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and the ever awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park.

I flew with Qantas Airways and LAN Airlines by way of Auckland and Santiago to Punta Arenas. It was such an excellent feeling to visit again the quaint town of Punta Arenas; One of many southernmost towns of Chile.

Established in 1848, originally as a tiny penal colony which grew in dimension and significance due to the maritime trade visitors earlier than the Panama Canal was built. In a while, the gold rush and sheep farming boom at the end of the 1800’s gave a whole lot of riches to the families controlling the sheep farms. The elegant French style buildings and houses around the primary sq. are testimony of the wealth these families had. Considered one of these fine houses is nowadays the Hotel Jose Nogueira.

A couple of days later, we boarded the Stella Australis Cruise for essentially the most unforgettable journey by way of probably the most remote and pristine fjords of the Southern Chilean Patagonia. I had a beautiful cabin with flooring to ceiling panoramic windows. With a capability of 210 passengers, three decks, beautiful environment and high quality dining.

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

We disembarked in the stunning city of Puerto Natales and continued by bus to the Rio Serrano space, some of the scenic components of Torres del Paine Nationwide Park, where we had a scrumptious BBQ lunch. I, then continued to Cascada Eco-Camp where I stayed in one of the Suite Domes. A luxury Eco-Camp inspired by the dwellings of the extinct Kaweskar nomadic seafarers who devised domed huts to withstand the winds which can attain 160 Kms per hour.

I was fortunate 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 decoration and facilities of the domes with its green know-how, the guided treks and Big Ice waking up in the midst of the Patagonian wilderness was one other one of the many highlights this distant part of the world has.

Patagonia is doubtless one of the crucial distinctive places I’ve ever visited in my life… This place retains drawing me to go back there and for me it is perhaps that stark and marked mixture of uncooked, pristine pure beauty and the kindness of its individuals who welcome you with a easy however particular personable hospitality that makes you need to go back there again, and again…