Puerto Natales

The Faces of Patagonia

April 25, 2012

Over Semana Santa, my husband and I left behind the never-ending summer in Santiago and jetted to the end of the South American continent. Patagonia. This was my seventh trip to the region, and people appeared to be stumped what I could possibly be doing there again. Why do you go to Alaska, or the [...]

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Chile’s Pristine Patagonia

January 27, 2012

Patagonia has been on our mind a lot as of late since the Torres del Paine park suffered a major forest fire in early January. Fortunately, the park is now open as is Explora hotel in the park. There’s so much talk of Patagonia that people think it’s just one place and it’s really this wide [...]

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Chile’s Foodie Frontier: Puerto Natales

January 4, 2011

The wind is howling. Gale force gusts moan and it sounds like a stampede on the roof.  I peer through our hotel room window overlooking the icy Fjord of Last Hope. White-capped swells crash towards the rocky shore, jostling the fishing boats rhythmically. Street signs twist sideways below and trees bend gracefully with the wind. [...]

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Africa meets Patagonia: Afrigonia

May 7, 2009

Freshly arrived in the Patagonian outpost town of Puerto Natales, after a full day’s schlep from Santiago (4 hours flying, 3 hours driving from Punta Arenas), we are famished. Desperately seeking lunch, our hotel, Indigo , recommends a tasty new place up the street—Afrigonia. We leave the hotel bundled up. Early fall in the Magallanes [...]

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