My Patagonia Experience
I first visited Patagonia in May 2017 and was thrilled to immediately be trekking through forests, foothills and mountains. I have enjoyed small-ship expedition cruising in the Strait of Magellan, Admiralty Sound and Beagle Channel, as well as kayaking alongside dolphins and sea lions. Trekking amongst herds of wild guanaco and silently observing cliffside condor nurseries from close quarters were exciting because of their uniqueness to the region.
Further south I have driven through the heart of Tierra del Fuego, the Southern Andes and Karukinka Park in a Land Rover Defender, and been swimming (cold!), snowshoeing, snowmobiling as peak season ends and the winter begins.
Day to day at Swoop
Swoop are Patagonia travel experts. We take pride in arranging the right trip for all of our customers and giving expert advice on the region. An ideal day for me involves talking by phone with clients to really understand what is important to them, to learn what they have enjoyed on past holidays and share my own knowledge to help them decide. This is at its best when I am working closely with an enthused client and the planning is a two-sided process. We are enablers, helping clients create their own perfect trip to Patagonia!
Why I love Patagonia
I love New Zealand, Canada's Rocky Mountains and the European Alps. They all offer stunning mountain playgrounds where one can really get back to nature and push oneself as much (or as little) as one wishes. Patagonia, though, takes this to another level. With much of the region still being pristine wilderness. You feel like an adventurer and explorer simply by being there. Sure, Torres del Paine is popular in peak season, but as a whole you can really feel you are getting away from it all in Patagonia, and it is a place to lift your spirits!
My next adventure
I am planning an epic trip to the Argentinian and Chilean Lake Districts, followed by Torres del Paine in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. I will be fly fishing on some of the best fishing rivers on the continent, horseback riding with gauchos, kayaking by glaciers, trekking my bucket-list trails and driving through some of the most scenic roads Patagonia can offer.