After utilizing every mode of transportation imaginable, we made it to the end of the Earth in Chile’s Southern most region of Patagonia. When you come to Patagonia, you expect ice, snow, general coldness, and strange creatures. However what I didn’t anticipate was the wind. So much wind coming from every direction, strong wind, fast wind, sideways wind, cold wind, wind with rain, and wind that can literally take you off your feet.
After several hours of battling the wind we said goodbye to the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site to find shelter and escape the fierce weather.
Then after some serious debate about our limited options, we decided penguins were our top priority. So began our two day journey to Tierra del Fuego to see the well-hidden Parque Pinguino Rey (colony of King penguins). Watching the penguins interact with one another in their natural habitat, despite the prevailing winds carrying temperatures below freezing was undoubtedly worth the obstacles we overcame and sacrifices we made to get there. Witnessing their sharp coloring and playful personalities combined with their total disregard for the humans examining them was truly an experience of a lifetime.
I will leave Chile with the memory of wonderful cuisine, landscapes and people, but the frustration of small disasters that could have been easily averted by better use of street signs.