I will be the first to admit that when I travel, its all about what I can see, do and accomplish during my voyage, after all if I wanted to see beaches and sit on my backside I would stay at home, after all the area of Australia I am from has beaches that are a match for any around the world!
Having said that though, sometimes there are places, and sites that crop up that do shout out to me to slow down, relax, unwind and simply revel in the openess, the freedom, and the unique atmosphere a place has to offer. One of those place is Patagonia in South America. The Glaciers, Snow Capped Mountains, Wooded and Open Valleys, and ever incredible Lagos are a different enough site from what I am used to that spending a few days simply relaxing and unwinding here while I am travelling sounds more that a little enticing .
There are several ways to enjoy a place, and get in some decent R&R, two of the most popular being resorts or lodges that allow you to put down some roots, enjoy the perks of the property you are staying at and explore the surrounds at your leisure.
The other is to cruise. A Cruise lets you set down in one spot, and let your hotel take you from place to place .. for lack of a better description. Allowing you to visit a number of locales without the bother or need to live out of a suitcase or journey continually by bus or overland to get between places.
Patagonia is a place that you can do both, and one of the more incredible properties and cruise operators have helped us put together a package to show you just how!
The Remota, is a luxury hotel, that for those wanting to spend some idle time in Patagonia i sthe place to stay. While the hotel prides istelf on being a property of luxury and indulgence, they are not at all fond of the star system, and don’t like being pegged as a certain quality. For those whom are accustomed to five star hotels, and even some four star hotels though, I don’t think you will have any trouble accomodating to the Remota and its standards of care. All of Remota’s buildings are in perfect harmony with the environment and the local culture, from its well-recognised sustainable architecture, to the way that all the more than 30 excursions –offered daily – are restructured and created so that they cause minimum impact to the local ecosystem.
Australis Cruises though have no qualms about labelling themselves as a five star cruise line. Cruising ex-Puerto Natales and Ushia, the Australis offers one of the best ways to explore Cape Horn, its incredible array of scenery, its abundant wildlife and its amazing locales.
Via Australis offer a fantastic 3 night package journey from and returning to Punta Arenas. Experience the Patagonian flora and fauna as never before in this spectacular 3-night journey, departing from and arriving into Punta Arenas. You will sail through beautiful bays in the southernmost part of Tierra del Fuego island, seeing marvelous South Antarctic magellanic forests and different types of glaciers, viewing native species of the region such as elephant seals, leopard seals and magellanic penguins.
Or for those wanting a wider view of the Cape then there is the option to take a 3 night cruise from Ushuia to Punta Arenas. The Stella Australis will take you on an amazing journey to the “uttermost end of the earth”. On the Ushuaia – Punta Arenas route, you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife. You will travel on one of the industry’s most comfortable ships designed to make your trip as pleasant and remarkable as possible through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel. Our expedition cruises give you the chance to experience authentic adventure travel. Take a journey to Cape Horn and view the same incredible beauty that Charles Darwin enjoyed centuries ago or capture footage of marine life during your journey. The possibilities are endless. Experience wildlife and nature like you never have before with Patagonia.
It all sounds so nice doesn’t it? A few days at a luxury hotel combined with an incredible cruise to discover the cape?
Well Remota and Australis have helped us put together a few package options to do just that. With prices starting at US$4,435 per person share twin for a 3 night stay at Remota coupled with a 3 night cruise on Australis, or from US$5,610 per person share twin for a 5 night stay at Remota coupled with a 3 night cruise on Australis. Prices will of course vary based on seasonality, availability and category.
So if you want more information then by all means let me know, we can help you out in reaching and exploring this fantastic region. If the above images and descriptions have not convinced you that Patagonia is worth seeing, perhaps the below clip produced by Australis will do the trick!