Throughout the month of February, Anthony and I finished our two month adventure in Patagonia with a 3,500 mile drive from the tip of Argentina (Fin del Mundo/End of the World) to Santiago, Chile! Over a three-week period, we ate, slept and lived in Ema, a Mitsubishi L300 van turned camper - thank you Wicked Camper Rentals!
Our trip was seriously one of the best experiences of our lives. Starting down south, we spent a few days in the port city of Ushuaia, exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park and playing with penguins. The rain was constant so we bundled up to keep warm. Stouts and van cooked stew were definitely in order.
As we headed north, we crossed the Argentina/Chile border more times than I can remember and the terrain quickly turned from lush to desert. The wind blew our van all over the empty roads. We made our way through Ruta 40 seeing nothing but guanacos and sand.
Once we entered the lake district in Chile, we spent an entire day riding ferries to the start of the Carretera Austral - one of the most beautiful (and bumpy) drives in the world. Mountains, lakes, volcanoes and enchanted forests (seriously) surrounded us.
During the last few day of our trip we made it to the beach. Upon arriving, we parked in the sand, opened up the side doors and took a nap. We spent the week camping along coastal cliffs and strolling through beachy towns. After two months in the wind and cold, we were more than thrilled to feel the sun on our skin.
Here are some photos to recap our experience - although it is truly impossible to share the incredible time we had on the road. We are forever grateful to you, Patagonia.