It is spring in southern South America and people are on the move. The Patagonia high season is upon us, and so far it is looking to be another great seven months of trekking, eating, hiking, interacting, and best of all, exploring. I have recently returned from my first 19 day G Adventures Patagonia Dreaming adventure, hence the title of this post, and wish to share with you my perception of this wonderful and enchanting land.
Patagonia usually brings to mind mountaineering, glaciers, climbing, gear, etc. This is mostly due to the clothing brand, and the idea here holds true to a certain degree. The area is an adventure mecca and is becoming increasingly popular for climbers, hikers, kayakers, and mountaineers from all over the world. Both the Chilean and Argentinian sections of the Patagonia are lined with remote and wild national parks offering great multi day trekking routes, easy access to some beautiful glaciers, stunning vistas, quaint little towns, and wonderful people. Patagonia really is a gem of a destination and has so much to offer the intrepid traveller.
There are certain places on Earth that attain an interesting aura of mysticism — Siberia, the Amazon, the Silk Route, the Orient, the Sahara, and none other than of course, the Patagonia. These are lands of legend and of extraordinary beauty. Remote vast vistas dotted with the smiles of friendly warm people, lands of exotic unknown animals and intricate environments supporting an array of fantastic flora and fauna, lands which entice the traveller and create a dream of exploration. Honestly I do believe that Patagonia attains this idea of mysticism. It is an almost palpable feeling when I see the “awe” of first timers to the region, and the talk between travellers only strengthens my own sentiments. It is the expansiveness of the end of the Earth and the raw natural beauty which usually blows people away. This is the bottom of the world. One of the last inhabited regions and still incredibly untouched and undisturbed. It is the end of the Andes and the gateway to the continent of ice and snow. A land of fjords and inlets, of valleys and vicious peaks, of endless and constant wind, of lakes and islands, of history and exploration, of desperation and desire, this is Patagonia dreaming.
People come here chasing their own personal ideas of grandeur adventure. Looking at a map of the area is often daunting, there is so much open land, so much to discover. There are small dots representing tiny back country towns supporting some of the best micro breweries and small restaurants in all of South America. Towns populated by extraordinarily kind and warm people, people who have adopted the harsh climate as their own, people who have decided to live in one of the most stunning and raw places left on earth, people with strong moral sentiments and fantastic cooking skills! As I have said before, the people are everything, add good food and scenery and it is no wonder the area holds such a draw.
Patagonia is a region of the earth worth visiting at some point in your life. It is a place of incredible beauty and one which I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to get to know. Our world is here, right now, waiting for you. Make your move, go somewhere, whether it be the Patagonia or not, it doesn’t matter. Travel will open your eyes to things you never thought possible, allow oneself to grow through experience and integration within the unknown, the exotic. The people are kind, the water fresh, and the food delicious. Come and see for yourself the wonders of the South American wild lands.