Located at the southern most tip of the Americas, getting to Patagonia from Singapore is no easy feat. Well, it is of course, easy to board a plane and suffer through mind numbing on-board entertainment and ugh, airline food, but when you’ve traveled as much as we have, the hours start to feel like days and even before boarding the plane, the anticipation of getting off is almost painful.
Yet, the journey is worth it. If you’ve ever been to Singapore, you’ll know that the country’s pride for her cleanliness is not misplaced. Walk along the streets and everything – and we mean everything – is perfectly manicured and in place. Heavy fines deter citizens from littering, and the government is unafraid to spend on the upkeep of roads, public housing and facilities. It is a modern Disneyland, and as much as we love calling this country home, there is clearly something missing. Something that drives us to travel 26 hours to the other side of the world to find.
Raw, untouched and wild, we look forward to our yearly tours to Patagonia to get away from our concrete jungle. Vast, empty and incredibly peaceful, the landscapes that Patagonia is blessed with are unforgettable – and even that is a major understatement. There is no feeling that can compare to hiking to the top of a low hill, wildflowers brushing against your calves, the strong winds lashing against your entire being to be rewarded with a view like this. People are few and far between here, and you can almost imagine how Magellan felt back in the 1520s when he first chanced upon this untouched land; overwhelmed and yet at peace, all at once.
The landscapes are awe-inspiring and a photographer’s dream, but that is not why we hope you’ll join us. For when you stand in front of the grand lakes that reflect skies painted in hues you’ve never thought possible; insignificant before the towering mountain ranges, you feel this strange, bittersweet sensation of knowing that you’ve come home, but cannot stay. Patagonia reminds us that when you strip away the buildings, the roads and the incessant noise of humanity’s progress, we’re nothing more than travellers momentarily passing by life. When everything, all our fancy tech and vainglorious concepts crumbles to dust, all that is left will be the earth, the skies and the oceans.
It humbles you, and while we cannot speak for everyone that’s been, for us at least, we leave as better people. And that is why we visit every year.