I was invited to south of Chile by the Patagonian Tourism Authorities of Chile and Argentina, where I had the chance to visit again the attractive cities of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and the ever awe-inspiring Torres del Paine Nationwide Park.
I flew with Qantas Airways and LAN Airlines via Auckland and Santiago to Punta Arenas. It was such an incredible feeling to visit again the quaint town of Punta Arenas; One of the southernmost towns of Chile.
Established in 1848, initially as a tiny penal colony which grew in dimension and significance due to the maritime trade traffic earlier than 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 model buildings and houses around the main sq. are testimony of the wealth these households had. One of these advantageous houses is nowadays the Hotel Jose Nogueira.
A few days later, we boarded the Stella Australis Cruise for essentially the most unforgettable journey via the most distant and pristine fjords of the Southern Chilean Patagonia. I had a stupendous cabin with ground to ceiling panoramic windows. With a capability of 210 passengers, three decks, Antarctic explorer’s voyage lovely environment and high-quality dining.
Cruising via 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 needed to recover from the stress of my hectic life in the city.
We disembarked within the lovely town of Puerto Natales and continued by bus to the Rio Serrano space, some of the scenic components of Torres del Paine National Park, where we had a scrumptious BBQ lunch. I, then continued to Cascada Eco-Camp the place 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 reach one hundred sixty 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 ornament and facilities of the domes with its green expertise, the guided treks and waking up in the course of the Patagonian wilderness was another one of the many highlights this remote part of the world has.
Patagonia is without doubt one of the vital unique places I have ever visited in my life… This place keeps drawing me to go back there and for me it’s maybe that stark and marked mixture of raw, pristine pure beauty and the kindness of its people who welcome you with a simple however particular personable hospitality that makes you need to go back there once more, and again…