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The Best Places to Explore in the Wilderness of Chilean Patagonia

I’m being ravaged by the wind. Not any old wind, but a 60mph, knock-you-over-and-throw-you-onto-your-ass kind of breeze that’s making people around me shriek and scream. I’ve already fallen over. Twice.

Here’s some friendly advice: when you visit Chilean Patagonia, come prepared. It’s a place where you’ll be subjected to four seasons in one day. In one hour, even. I’m standing on a mindblowing beach, the most beautiful I’ve seen. Not your archetypal mindblowing beach – no soft white sand, no turquoise water. Instead it’s a vast sweep of near-black stones – tiny shards of rock that needle me in the face with each violent gust.

The rain comes from above, from the side, maybe even below, coating my now red-raw cheeks. But I’m addicted to this place, to this feeling, to this volatile situation. Patagonia’s ethereal drama has been written about a lot by novelists and adventurers, most famously 40 years ago in Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia: “It is the farthest place to which man walked from his place of origins. It is therefore a symbol of his restlessness,” he wrote. And today I am restless. Because it has taken me forever to reach here. Read more…

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