Patagonia – The Road Much less Travelled

I used to be invited to south of Chile by the Patagonian Tourism Authorities of Chile and Argentina, where I had the prospect to go to again the attractive towns of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and the ever awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park.

I flew Walk with Penguins Qantas Airways and LAN Airlines through Auckland and Santiago to Punta Arenas. It was such an excellent feeling to go to once more the quaint town of Punta Arenas; One of many southernmost cities of Chile.

Established in 1848, initially as a tiny penal colony which grew in size and significance because of the maritime trade site visitors before the Panama Canal was built. In a while, the gold rush and sheep farming boom at the finish of the 1800’s gave numerous riches to the households controlling the sheep farms. The elegant French type buildings and houses around the primary sq. are testimony of the wealth these households had. Certainly one of these advantageous houses is nowadays the Hotel Jose Nogueira.

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

Cruising by those remote Patagonian fjords and the view of the five glaciers coming down from the Sarmiento Mountains will stay imprinted in my memory for the rest 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 in the city.

We disembarked within the beautiful town of Puerto Natales and continued by bus to the Rio Serrano area, probably the most scenic parts of Torres del Paine National Park, the place we had a delicious BBQ lunch. I, then continued to Cascada Eco-Camp the place I stayed in one of many 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 lucky to have very sunny days with clear skies, crisp fresh 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 expertise, the guided treks and waking up in the course of the Patagonian wilderness was one other one of many many highlights this distant a part of the world has.

Patagonia is without doubt one of the unique places I’ve ever visited in my life… This place keeps drawing me to go back there and for me it is maybe that stark and marked mixture of raw, pristine pure magnificence and the kindness of its people who welcome you with a simple however personable hospitality that makes you wish to go back there again, and again…