In the days of social media, digital nomads, and share culture it seems the world is getting smaller and more familiar than ever. This is why the travel trends for 2019 are bringing back the discovery of uncharted territories. What better way to forge a new path and discover something rarely seen than to head to the last port of call before the ends of the earth: Chilean Patagonia.
Chilean Patagonia is home to monumental peaks and ancient glaciers and is the region that spans a small portion of the southern tip of South America. Chile’s Magallanes region is the southernmost and least populated, and it is where Torres del Paine National Park lives. The remoteness of the location, combined with limited accommodations, means that only an average of 150,000 tourists come to the park each year, which is a stark contrast to the 400,000 that visit Machu Picchu in Peru every year. The entrance to Torres del Paine is Puerto Natales, which has about 17,000 inhabitants. This inherently sets the tone for one of the more exclusive and uncharted destinations in the world.
Patagonia Camp, a unique nature experience and hideaway nestled 15 minutes from Torres del Paine National Park and an hour from Puerto Natales, provides the perfect homebase from which to set off into uncharted territories. The adventure into new lands begins with the arrival experience. Patagonia Camp is a collection of 20 luxurious yurts on the shores of Lago del Toro, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Chilean Patagonia. Visitors will fly into the remote cities of either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in Chile, or El Calafate in Argentina to begin their adventure in the wild, 240,000-hectare private reserve that is Torres del Paine.
Lago del Toro offers more than stunning surroundings. It also has an irregular topography built for discovery, with peninsulas and inlets that provide weeks of adventure. Patagonia Camp’s unique yurts, the first in Chilean Patagonia, are nestled around the lake for breathtaking views 24 hours a day.
Patagonia Camp has taken the traditional Mongolian yurt model and adapted them to the landscape of Patagonia, adding comforts of a conventional hotel room: central heating, ensuite bathrooms, amenities, and stylish decor. The yurts are connected by wooden walkways that weave through native Patagonian Coigue, Lenga, and Notros forests that surround the remote and pristine hideaway. All yurts have views over the famous Cuernos del Paine.
But beyond the wild, rugged location and the unique accommodations, Patagonia Camp provides a comprehensive menu of activities to help visitors discover corners of Chilean Patagonia not often seen by the average travelers. From incredible sights, a varied climate, and mesmerizing flora and fauna, Patagonia Camp excursions and experienced guides are equipped to help visitors forge off the beaten path and into uncharted territories.
Patagonia Camp offers access to some of the most challenging and off-the-beaten-path treks in the park. Take, for example, the Glaciar Grey Viewpoint Trek. This 13.5-mile trek covers a massive amount of ground, following a section of the famous W circuit. It begins by crossing Lake Pehoe by catamaran to the foothills of the Paine Grande, where trekkers will begin the climb toward the Gray Gazebo, crossing the mountain with a view of hanging glaciers in the distance. Cross through deep forests and fields of wildlife, ending with a breathtaking view of Glacier Gray with its blue ice walls in the distance.
Or forge into the glacially blue Serrano River in a zodiac. This adventure begins in Puerto Chaiten where explorers are outfitted with equipment to zip up the Serrano River to Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Along the way drink in magnificent, unspoiled views of the mountains. In Puerto Toro a short walk leads to the viewpoint over Serrano glacier, next to the lagoon of floating ice floes – an otherworldly experience.
This is just the beginning of what is waiting to be discovered in Chilean Patagonia. Be among the select number of visitors each year who come to claim a piece of natural majesty for themselves. https://www.patagoniacamp.com/en/