It’s a long journey to Patagonia but 5 hours after hitting the hay, I woke up to a superb view from my bed. This is why I’m back in Patagonia and it makes the journey totally worthwhile! I was aboard the d’Agostini boat in order to see the remote Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park before taking a zodiac upriver into the Torres del Paine. A client called me a genius for including this trip in his Chile holiday, let’s hope it’s a good one-first time for me!
Seeing the glaciers up close was as dramatic as hoped and we were the only boat there. However, boarding the zodiac was where the real fun began. Donning a bright orange knee-length jacket we sped up the Rio Serrano. Each wave thrust us closer to the Torres del Paine, my favourite part of Chile and possibly anywhere on earth. I just love it here.
We got a little wet as we egged on the driver of the zodiac to twist and turn a la James Bond in the Thames! I was delighted to arrive and see the Cuernos or horns of Paine and finally arrive at the Awasi hotel (their superb sister hotel is based in San Pedro de Atacama). Fine wines, delicious food and stunning rooms await. It sits on a hillside with incredible views of azure blue Sarmiento lake and the Torres themselves. Awasi is a special spot.
I’m utterly convinced that the whole journey from home to Patagonia was definitely worthwhile, and especially so once I had a glass of red and some delicious hare in my belly!