Osorno Volcano near Puerto Varas

If there is a region on this planet that has captivated the imagination of adventurers with its unique yet diverse landscape whilst retaining a sense of the unknown, that area is Patagonia, characterised by its dense rain forests, stunning glaciers, emerald green lakes, vast snow-capped mountains and wild rivers in stark contrast with the windswept wilderness of the steppes. Patagonia is a geographic region containing the southernmost portion of South America. Located in Argentina and Chile, it comprises the southernmost portion of  the Andes mountains to the west and south, and plateaux and low plains to the east. The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón used by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to describe the native people whom his expedition thought to be giants. Patagonia has always had a reputation for being a remote and lonely place, windswept and wild.

I had always wanted to go to Patagonia. The adventure we were about to embark upon would allow us to explore a fraction of its vastness and beauty, requiring a lifetime to explore the whole. Scanning on Google Earth the Andean area we would be traversing, I tried to imagine the terrain and the routes we would be following. What physical demands would we be up against when we got there? I therefore found myself left with a sense of foreboding coupled with a sense of excitement. What one sees on the map is a vast area of green interspersed with snow-capped mountain peaks.

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