I was invited to south of Chile by the Patagonian Tourism Authorities of Chile and Argentina, where I had the chance to go to once more the beautiful cities of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and the ever awe-inspiring Torres del Paine Nationwide Park.
I flew with Qantas Airways and LAN Airlines through Auckland and Santiago to Punta Arenas. It was such a great feeling to go to again the quaint town of Punta Arenas; One of many southernmost towns of Chile.
Established in 1848, initially as a tiny penal colony which grew in size and significance as a result of maritime trade traffic before the Panama Canal was built. In a while, the gold rush and sheep farming boom on the end of the 1800’s gave loads of riches to the families controlling the sheep farms. The elegant French fashion buildings and houses around the main sq. are testimony of the wealth these families had. Considered one of these high quality 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 the most distant and pristine fjords of the Southern Chilean Patagonia. I had a gorgeous cabin with flooring to ceiling panoramic windows. With a capability of 210 passengers, three decks, beautiful ambiance and tremendous dining.
Cruising by way 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 remainder of my life. The sense of remoteness inside these channels with dense forests, snowcapped mountains, no human settlements anywhere and the pure air was just what I wanted to recover from the stress of my hectic life within the city.
We disembarked within the beautiful town of Puerto Natales and continued by bus to the Rio Serrano area, some of the 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 luxury Eco-Camp inspired by the dwellings of the extinct Kaweskar nomadic seafarers who devised domed huts to resist the winds which can reach a hundred and sixty Kms per hour.
I used to be 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 ornament and facilities of the domes with its green know-how, the guided treks and waking up in the course of the Patagonian wilderness was another one of many many highlights this distant part of the world has.
Patagonia is without doubt one of the vital unique places I have ever visited in my life… This place retains drawing me to go back there and for me it is maybe that stark and marked mixture of uncooked, pristine natural magnificence and the kindness of its individuals who welcome you with a simple but personable hospitality that makes you want to go back there once more, and Arakur Resort again…