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Adventures in Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

You would think that after taking such an incredible trip I would rush on this blog and tell you everything about it. But not. I have been in a little bit a of writing slump lately. But suddenly, as I was finishing ironing my clothes, like a good girl on a Sunday evening, I felt the urge to write.

 

Tres leones, Argentina
Tres leones, Argentina

In the spring of 2012, I was somewhere between Philadelphia, PA and Lyon, France. I was counting my blessings for coming back to the motherland, one of them being the ability to start traveling again. I listed 10 Dream Destinations. It was about time to check a second one off my list.

Lago Cerro Torre, Argentina
Lago Cerro Torre

Patagonia. Check.

El Chalten
El Halten, Argentina

Last year, I turned 40. I could have thrown a big birthday party for myself, but I didn’t feel like celebrating. Instead, I wanted to use that opportunity to do three things I always dreamt I would one day be able to do.

  • Skydive. Check.
  • Run a 10k. Check.
  • Visit Patagonia. Well, check.
Around El Chalten
Around El Chalten

To say that I was expecting a lot from that trip would be to undersell it. I have dreamt of Patagonia for over 10 years. In my head, it was the magical land where I would find myself. The place where I would breathe and feel alive. Turns out, it was. It was that and more.

Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno

An interesting fact is that, if you look at a map and see where Patagonia is, there nothing else on the horizon. The wind can go around the globe and back totally freely, without ever encountering land. The wind, there, is pure. I always hated the wind. But for some reasons, over there, I craved it. And did we have some… Crazy gusts that blew everything off on their way and had us walk diagonal. But I loved it.

Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno, Argentina

When I booked my trip I followed an impulse and did something completely irresponsible: I bought a trip with several days of hiking. I never hike. I am not trained. I am not comfortable in wild environments. I don’t own any form of hiking equipment. But for some reasons, it felt like there was no other acceptable option. For some reasons I craved those 10-hour walks in the wild. And did we walk… I had to buy hiking gear and I had to sleep in a tent for three nights. But I loved it.

Guanacos
Guanacos

I have been back for three weeks now, and there is not one day that I don’t think about Patagonia. I remember the good times, the laughter with the girlfriends I made there, the sweet moments with the special friend I made there, but as good as those memories are, there is one that beats them all. One that makes my heart beat faster. One that I can’t shake off.

El Chalten
Christmas eve in El Chalten

That moment when, after walking 13 miles, I found myself alone. It was 6:00 pm, when the light is the most beautiful. I looked around and all I saw was this amazing land, going on and on. I didn’t feel scared. I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I just felt like I never felt before. I felt alive and grateful and deeply emotional. It was December 24, and it was the best Christmas present I ever received.

Torres Del Paine National Park
Torres Del Paine National Park

Everything else… En images.

Las Torres
Las Torres, Chile
Puerto Natales, Chile
Puerto Natales, Chile
Ruta 40
Ruta 40, Argentina
Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas, Chile
Crossing toward Tierra Del Fuego
Crossing toward Tierra Del Fuego
Poppies in Ushuaia
Poppies in Ushuaia
Street of Ushuaia
Street of Ushuaia
Ushuaia dock
Ushuaia dock
Les Eclaireurs beacon
Les Eclaireurs beacon
Ushuaia by night
Ushuaia by night

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