Patagonia – AMAZING!!

What an amazing place Patagonia is – I can’t believe it!
Here’s our story… As we flew towards our landing I looked in awe
out of the window at the breath taking Patagonian coastline and
took a couple of snaps with my iPhone. What I didn’t realize until
we actually got to the farm, was I had just taken an aerial
photograph of the place we were about to stay! The airport and
flight were a delight and we were welcomed by the broad beaming
smile of one of the team Tebor, as he stood with our name card. On
packing the luggage into the car we both started into excited
conversation with friends Michael (Q) and Betsy following closely
behind in their hire car. That proved to be luckily so, as fifty
yards from the airport the Landrover broke down. We all manly tried
our zero mechanic skills to restart the truck to no avail and after
a quick chat on the phone with HQ, decided it would be swifter and
easier if we jump into the rental car and leave young Tebor to
solve the problem. The drive was an extremely simple one through a
fairly mountainous and baron countryside, that was until we turned
off the road towards the farm. Wow! The winding gravel road took us
towards an ocean so blue it looked like a new gathering of sky and
our journey was companioned with small ostriches and a breed of
llama that would bolt from nowhere across our path. Beautiful!
After forty-five minutes of hair raising rental car gravel grinding
15mph driving we reached a gated small holding, fenced from
intrusion but with surprisingly welcoming signs from Soriano SA and
the national preserve we were entering. Jumping out of the car to
open the gate, the fresh winds of the salty ocean prickled our
noses to life and a beat of excitement took hold of us all. It was
exactly as Astrid had described. Simple, beautiful, peaceful and as
warming as a roaring log fire in winter. The town actually seemed
deserted as we drove on. An old police station stood windowless and
bare, the stables looked horseless and the farm machinery for
harvesting seaweed seemed unused. All that was missing was
tumble-weed rolling down the main street and a farmer with a gun.
Everyone looked at me with suspicion, maybe we had made a mistake!
Our suspicions couldn’t have been more wrong. Within minutes a
fabulous black and white Colley pelted around the corner all wags,
followed by a band of waiving young people, to welcome us to what
would be our home for the next few days. The quick site tour
revealed a simple but homely dining room and alongside bar, both of
which gave fabulous panoramic views of the bay. And if the
breathtaking entertainment wasn’t enough, there was a games room
with pool, darts and ping pong! Our bedrooms were beautifully
simple two bedroom cottages with kitchen, lounge and full bathroom
(inc bede) and both of our cottages looked out onto the water to
capture the stunning subsets and sunrises. Heaven! After a quick
wash up, we set off for a part tour of the property, and when I say
part, the farm is 200,000 acres, so you can see why. Breath taking
ocean views blend with awesome panoramas and crystal clear waters.
Words really cannot explain the place, so a few photos are
attached. The fabulous Matias joined us after our landrover
excursion – what an amazing bloke and phenomenal host! He gave us a
full tour of the home his grandfather built many many years ago
when he discovered one of the worlds largest seaweed harvests here
and for the next few days introduced us as his friends to all we
met. Together, over the next few days, we rode horses along the
beach, drank fabulous wines, ate amazing foods from fabulous
recipes that would be accepted in any five star restaurant. We
experienced lambs being killed for our new years party, sat with
penguins and their young and watched newly parented Sealions guard
their pups on shale beaches. We rode like kids on the tops of
landrovers, and skimmed over the water in flat-bottomed boats to
explore the amazing islands and their wild life. And it’s only day
two. Now it’s time for a quick shower and spit roasted lamb with
the ten other guest and twenty family members that have descended
to bring in the new year together. I’ll write more tomorrow!

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About willindakar

Every few years I try and embark on a trip that takes me to places, both physically and mentally, far beyond anywhere I have been before, as a CEO or father. Climbing the highest summits of Antarctica and Europe, diving with Great White sharks, Motorbiking the highest road in the world are a few of the boxes I've ticked - but the trip i am about to depart for should be one of the most testing. Riding with the hardest land race in the world - The Dakar 2011.
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One Response to Patagonia – AMAZING!!

  1. Ben says:

    Sounds exactly as you put it – AMAZING! – sounds like an
    incredible place to not only stay but to see in the New Year
    surrounded by great people. Happy New Year! Ben

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