Alumni travelers, Jim and Laurie celebrated their 30th anniversary by doing a custom 8-day trip to Chile. Beginning in Santiago, they then flew down to Torres del Paine and stayed at the romatnic Patagonia Camp while hiking amongst the iconic peaks of this national park and ended at the luxurious Singular Hotel outside of Puerto Natales.
“The Singular Hotel is a fantastic place- we have never stayed in a museum before and it is certainly a combination of a historic building with wonderfully preserved machinery and a very nice modern contemporary hotel.
Our stay at Patagonia Camp was wonderful- although one night the winds were so strong we thought we might awake in Kansas. People at Patagonia Camp for the 5 days before our arrival never saw the mountains and we were afraid of the same fate since the forecast was very bad. The first day (Tuesday) was 100 kph winds and a very perilous walk along the shore at Glacier Grey lake. Slightly less windy in the PM for a walk around Lake Toro but no mountains in sight. Then on Wed. we had a brief view of the mountains from the front window of our yurt when we awoke. Wed. we did the fauna walk and saw lots of Guanaco's and (and their remains after a puma attack) and also had some nice views of the peaks in the clouds. Thursday the peaks were socked in but we did the Cuernos del Paine view walk anyhow, and the clouds lifted as we approached. Got to see the peaks in their snow covered splendor and then in the afternoon, in the brilliant sunshine. We had Jorge Harrarro as our guide every day- he was OUTSTANDING and I highly recommend him, not that we can say anything bad about the others sine we didn't have them for any trips. His English was excellent and his sense of humor also excellent. He was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the history, flora, fauna and engineering works of the park. He also had a way of asking us what we wanted to do and then getting us to do what he thought we should do- and he was correct in every instance.
We were especially pleased by the little extras that the Camp people did for us, as I am sure was part of the Wildland package since no one else with whom we talked had such nice extras. Starting with Champagne, cheese and veggies on night 1 (with rose petals on our bed), to cupcakes on day 2 and chocolate fondue on our last night, it couldn't have been any nicer. Thank you for the arrangements.
Again, thanks for everything.
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