An Ode to Patagonia

Four months into this South American adventure, I must confess that constant travel has left me fairly tired. This fact, coupled with time spent writing for South America Backpacker’s online publication, has left me without a surplus of time or energy for personal reflections. However, I would be remiss to not include a post, mainly photographs, of my month in Patagonia, the most beautiful place I have ever experienced.

In addition, as my time living in Chile comes to a close, it gives me great pleasure to reflect on my gratitude for such a crazy, diverse country that I had the privilege of exploring nearly in its entirety.

In visiting 10 of the 12 regions of Chile, with only the wine-producing Central Valley and Easter Island missing, I was treated to mystical high alpine deserts, snowcapped, jagged Patagonian peaks, enormous, azure glaciers, and ample amounts of empanadas, cheap wine, and buena onda.

Difficulties included a two-month WWOOFing stint best summed up by Jim Gaffigan in the sense of “How much do I owe you to work for you for free? Don’t rip me off I’m no dummy.” Overall I will always remember the friends new and old and the spectacular, otherworldly, fantastical natural beauty of this amazing country. Cachay po weón? Vamos Chile.

With love, and happy new year!



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