Latin America Adventure – first stop, Patagonia.

It’s been a good few months since my last update because…… I’ve been super busy exploring, eating, shooting, cooking. Finally,  I am back to home base and will share some of my experiences.

This March, we travelled to Patagonia, Lake Titicaca and Havana in Latin America – it’s super far from Singapore hence, previously we’ve always waited till we go back to London to make this trip but alas, it seems we’ll be in SG for a few more years yet. Thus, our epic journey begins.

Our journey highlights is as follows:

  1. London -à Patagonia-à Cusco and Macchu Picchu, Peru-à Havana, Cuba -à London.

Perhaps this may be useful for people who may be planning similar trips:

Flight/Transit path:

  1. Fly from SG to London
  2. London to Madrid, Santiago and then to Punta Arenas
  3. Explora pick us up at PA airport to transfer to the Torres Del Paine National Park. Explora is the only lodge that operates within the park so it’s a real treat.
  4. Road transfer from Torres Del Paine to Puerto Natales – stay in The Singular.
  5. The Singular, transfer to Punta  Arenas, fly to Lima via Santiago.
  6. Stay overnight in Lima in the art and culture district in Second Home by Lillian Delphin – daughter of the Peruvian famous art sculpture.
  7. Lima to Juliaca airport for a land transfer to Lake Titicaca, stay at The Titilaka
  8. Oriental Express train from Puno to Cusco
  9. Stay in The Garden Hotel in Cusco, visit Sacred Valley, Pisac and Cusco city.
  10. Hike Machu Picchu with Llama Path
  11. Fly from Lima to Havana, stay at Casa Diana
  12. Fly from Havana back to London.

The first of the series of write ups will be of our experience with Explora in Patagonia.  After about 30hours of flights, transits etc since leaving London, we arrived at the Explora lodge, Salto Chico.

Salto Chico - Explora Lodge

Salto Chico – Explora Lodge

The Explora lodge is a pioneering tourist concept based on sustainable, luxury travel experiences.  I first heard of this from a friend, S and A who had stayed with them 10 years ago for their honeymoon! I was pleased they were still around, in fact, flourishing!

We had elected to stay here for 4 days and 3 nights with daily excursions arranged for us based on a selection offered. The lodge operates like a well oiled machine, young good looking guides who speak often fluent English will discuss your plans and arrange with you the night before.

The meals were really quite delicious and international. The matre de is a wonderful lady named Rosario whom it turns out was a little star struck when she found out who Ken Duncan was (famous Australian landscape photographer who has landed early one morning unannounced and caught Rosario off guard. She wanted to shoo him out as he was not a guest at the lodge!). When we told her who he was and showed her his works…. she turned  bright red and all of a sudden, schoolgirl shyness came about…. was just wonderful to witness! A genuine group of guests that caused a real stir of excitment especially amoung the young guides were the  Louis Vuitton  PR team of stylist, make up artist, models and directors as they were filming for a new menswear ad from Salto Chico. Alas… it was menswear so only male models…. much to the disappointment of the guides!

Here are just a couple of pictures of what we saw during our wonderful stay at the Explora……our highlight has to be trekking part of the W circuit, heading 10KM uphill to the Torres Del Paine base camp (last photo). And shoot and trek session around the national park grounds with Oso where we saw beautiful fauna, guanachos,  several Condors, various angles of Cuernos del Paine (Horns), Torres Del Paine (Towers), Sarmiento Lake and Lake Sofia. We even spotted a few flamingos but alas, too far for us to capture….  My advice? Go and see it for yourself with your own eyes. Pictures really can’t do it justice.

Explora near Pingo

Full Rainbow capture – Explora

Waterfall in Rio Del Paine in Torres Del Paine

Waterfall in Rio Del Paine in Torres Del Paine

The Base Towers – part of the W trek

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  1. Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

  2. Looks like an amazing trip!

  3. My dream vacation/adventure. THanks for the post.

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