Suzy and her husband participated in part of a custom trip to Patagonia with four of their friends, cruising from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, ice trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier and hiking in Torres del Paine.
“The cruise and landing at Cape Horn was really fantastic! We had a beautiful (for Cape Horn) sunny day and even got to observe sea lions sunning on the rocks prior to landing at Cape Horn. The climb on the Perito Moreno glacier outside of El Calafante was very special and one of the other highlights for Bob and me. Finally, the hikes in Torres del Paine were extraordinary with fabulous scenery and great exercise. Although some of the hikes were more challenging for me than I expected, I loved it all.
Our guides throughout were very well informed and enthusiastic.Magdaly in El Calafante was very well informed, as were both Maca and Claudio who were our guides at Awasi.
I thought they were very good. The chef at Awasi, Federico, is very talented and prepared some amazing meals. The food on the ship was very good, given the need to cook for so many people at once. No complaints about the food. The wine was also very good.
The accommodations were excellent. On the ship, we were not able to get the upgraded cabin, but ours was right next to the bridge and directly across from the captain’s quarters – so we were in good company! Casa Los Sauces in El Calafate is really a find. We much preferred being there than at Eolo, which is very remote. Over the course of a 2 week trip, it was nice to actually spend a couple of nights in town where we could walk around, shop and try a couple of different restaurants. Our suite at Los Sauces was top notch in every respect. It was very large, with a separate living room, spacious bedroom and very generously proportioned bath area (double sinks, separate tub and shower/commode). Beautifully decorated. Our villa at Awasi was #11 and it had a fabulous view of the mountains from our bed. The villa was very spacious and extremely comfortable. The staff at Awasi was very accommodating and professional. We were there during the Super Bowl and there was great interest from some among our group in seeing that game. The staff went way above board to arrange for the game to be shown and put together a total set up in the lodge so interested guests could watch.”