Patagonia is a region shared by Argentina & Chile in South America and is a wild frontier. You travel to the ends of the earth to get to Patagonia but once you are there you are standing on the edge of such pristine beauty that I think it would be worth it. I think this is the sort of trip you do to just quietly soak it all in. To sit and stare and contemplate the world.
To watch killer whales slide onto the beach, penguins saunter and Southern Right Whales majestically breach.
To watch the glaciers inch forward 2 metres a day. To hike across mountainous landscapes.
To gaze upon active volcanoes. To spy pumas in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.
To see these views. To feel little. To feel endless opportunities. To feel.
If I was going, I would love to stay at EcoCamp in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park. These geodesic domes are fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. They can organise guided treks and wildlife excursions for your days, then you can fall asleep in your cozy dome gazing up at the star-filled sky before waking up to a panoramic view of the Patagonian wilderness.
If this is something you dream of doing I would encourage you to buy some books to fuel your wanderlust and planning your Patagonian adventure. You could try Bruce Chatwin’s book ‘In Patagonia’ or perhaps a travel guide like the Lonely Planet book ‘Trekking in the Patagonian Andes‘.
Or perhaps Paul Theroux’s book ‘The Old Patagonian Express‘. I read his book ‘The Great Railway Bazaar‘, the and loved it, so if it is anything like that than it is definitely on my to read list. (These books are affiliate links.)
No matter what time of the year you go you need to be prepared for four extreme seasons in one day, and it is important to note that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica means UV levels are stronger there.
With this area being on many people’s hot list for 2015, I can only hope that the hundreds of thousands of travellers that visit here every year are treading lightly and preserving the beauty of this place so it is just as magical for the next group of travellers.
Do you tread lightly when you travel?
Have you been to Patagonia?
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