In September we had the opportunity to visit Southern Patagonia as a hosted buyer in ATTAs (www.adventuretravel.biz) AdventureNext event in Magallanes to Reconnect, Reactivate and Regenerate. This was our first trip to the region in 3 years for obvious reasons and this time was special because the Reconnect part was with some of our best, decades old friends and industry partners in the region. In Torres del Paine, Rio Serrano hosted the event, Hotel Lago Grey hosted a magnificent gourmet evening event and Hotel las Torres displayed their famous Bar Pionero Mixologist in a Sustainable Bar Tending lecture and hands on class.
Although seeing all friends and partners brought in new energies and tying old bonds, there is much to be said about the new experiences that I was able to do. Across the Last Hope Sound from Puerto Natales, a new private park emerged which holds more than 12,000 acres in which you can do active experiences like horseback riding, mountain biking (and e-biking), trekking and wildlife viewing among many other things. In the Northern tip of the park they built a monument honoring the many sailors that roamed the area after the discovery of the Magellan strait in 1632. The ship-shaped monument was just inaugurated, and it represents the bow of a ship that is placed near the northern tip of this peninsula overlooking the western shade of the Cordillera Paine with a view of two of the Cuernos. (see picture below).
We also trekked southwest of the peninsula to reach an extensive estuary bordering a lake and a field of (turbas) peat moss that represents a river regime ecosystem connecting land bodies of water with the ocean through the Last Hope Sound. This mew private park can and should be added to any program in Patagonia that has the fortune to add an extra day outside the Torres del Paine National Park. I also look forward to new programs that we will be developing in and around the island of Tierra del Fuego. Please stay tuned for those new programs the next few months.
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Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time