Day 27 & 28 – Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November 2018
By plane – 11,670 kms/7,251 miles
By public transport – 5 kms/2.5 miles
By foot – 15 kms / 9.51 miles
Steps taken – 22,499
“Don’t cry for me Argentina”…or Chile…or even Brazil…I will be back!
Air view of BA Saturday afternoon
We left Beunos Aires at 14.20pm Saturday and touched down in Edinburgh at 10.30am Sunday.
Flying in to Edinburgh Sunday morning
After 4 weeks of travelling around Patagonia our trip has came to an end.
After 4 border crossings, 9 flights, 19 long distance bus journeys, 31,783kms/19,759 miles by plane, 2,059kms/1,040 miles by public transport, 498 kms/309 miles by foot and 710,827 steps…I would do it all again.
I went to Patagonia searching for silence.
I enjoyed at points having no mobile phone networks, no WiFi, no radio stations or TV.
Here people talk to each other…or sit in silence…and it feels good.
I enjoyed experiencing the beauty of people and places that surround me and Patagonia has been the perfect place for that.
I have walked/bused/flown and sailed hundreds of miles to reach the End of the World.
I have literally been in two places at once or maybe just in the middle of nowhere.
I have travelled in one of the most remote and deserted places on earth and loved every minute of it.
Getting around Patagonia has been easier than I thought. Yes there are limited planes, limited buses and sometimes limited seats, these are basically your only options, but it has caused me no distress…there was also limitations of the English language but I liked that…I have been content with what is available and survived.
I have witnessed the vast, exotic, wild and infinite beauty of this land, a totally unspoiled wilderness of mountains, fjords, glaciers, forests and steppes.
It’s a hikers paradise, the landscape is extraordinary and diverse…it’s an untamed wonderland.
This trip certainly has left me with the feeling of ‘ we travel not to escape life…but for life not to escape us’.
We have stayed in tents, self contained apartments, hotels and hostels, the times of most enjoyment was in the hostels, whereby you can connect with like minded people, sharing in stories, advice and general chat.
I have saw wonderful sunrises and equally wonderful sunsets.
I met my favourite tree
Patagonia is a land of dreams….and I am so glad I have lived that dream, doing it now as sometimes later becomes never.
It has been an unforgettable journey, where nature has been unpredictable with phenomena impossible to predict, in such impressive looking and majestic landscapes.
I have been overwhelmed and become emotional at seeing such beauty.
That first glimpse of Fitz Roy will stay with me forever
Equally I have been overwhelmed and become emotional when unpredictable weather won.
Not seeing the towers at sunrise…that hurt badly having to walk away
Or not seeing Fitz Roy from Laguna Torre
Travelling means learning, the outside world being ‘the university’, I have travelled and I have learned.
Getting to know about places, people and different cultures teaches me more about respect and understanding.
We live in a fast paced world nowadays and simply walking slows this down.
Patagonia is a wonder of the world. It is massive, beautiful and desolate, where wilderness still rules. Very rarely will you see images like this, it deserves to be seen.
This world is an amazing place.
This photo was taken on one of our last days…how amazing are the colours…now this is special
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Are you having withdrawal symptoms now, Mary😀 Hope you are going to make up a proper album of all your photos rather than leave them “in spsce”. I made up albums for my children and grandchildren but after I had the digital camera found that the 3 youngest grandchildren have missed out and I’m now trying to print their photos off and put them in an album. The others love nothing better than getting down the old albums and seeing themselves when they were little. Get to it and print some off-!!!😈😈 That’s your bossy Aunty talkingxx
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Lol….YES…I am! I always get a proper book type album printed off after each travel experience so I have them to hand…I like the old fashioned method 👍 x
Beautiful photos Mary and a lovely overview of your trip. Never knew Patagonia was so wonderful ….how are you going to beat that? In saying that, lots of lovely places in UK (particularly Scotland).
You’ll have all these lovely memories to look back on in your old age!! Hope you found everyone ok when you got back…and a tidy house 😂😂 xx
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Yip so many photos but lovely memories…and there’s so much more to Patagonia that we never even got to see but I’ll definitely go back and cover different areas as I have a list of other places we had tried to fit in but couldn’t just because of time and distance.
Yip we do of course like to keep up with the Scottish visits too particularly during the summer months as we have a very beautiful country also.💙
The house was spick and span when we got home, we got took out for breakfast and Daryl even made us steak and chunky chips for dinner….we need to go away more often 😁 x
That was a treat then. Steak and chips ….lovely. One of our favourite meals🤗
Why don’t you visit the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Plenty campsitespecially and hostels in the area and although not so wildon’t as Patagonia there are lots of long tracks. ..too long for us oldies buthe some of the scenery in Patagonia reminds me of Switzerland…you could try your hand at climbing the Eiger😅!!! Just a suggestion .xx
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I may look into that… haven’t been to Switzerland…but saw lots of photos which shows it to look beautiful x