Thousand years ago, tall, well-built men, dressed in animal skins, foraged across the Patagonian waters aboard small vessels. Completely immersed in the exceptional wilderness that surrounded them, they hunted and gathered food for their families, adored their gods and kept fires going while they travelled great distances through fjords and canals, embraced by the currents and guided by the wind.
In Patagonia the forests are thick and evergreen, made up of endemic species such as the coigüe, laurel, mañío, tepa and tepú that with their different tones, colors and shapes give a vibrant energy to the landscape. Among these trees are the millenary Larches (Fitzroya Cupressoides) that date back more than 4000 years and protect the highest layer of this unique jungle.
Three symbolic trees: the Guaitecas cypress, Chilote coigüe and Magallanic coigüe, grow with an incredible vitality at the ocean’s level, giving life and color to the archipelagos islands of Chonos and Guaitecas.
A great variety of species of vines, shrubs, epiphytes, geophytes and herbaceous plants, many of them with endemic characteristics, complement this magnificent botanic backdrop. There are three icons that reappear during the whole trip: the Magallanic fuchsia (Fuchsia Magellanica), the berber (Berberis sp.) and the primitive Chilean rhubarb (Gunnera Chilensis), whose enormous leaves provide unsuspecting protection against the strong rains.
The characteristic density of the Valdivian rainforest in this area, mixed with climate conditions, is what gives life to the habits of the fauna that live in this region. The behaviors of these species that live in coastal and marine sectors are influenced, among other factors, by the great fluctuations of the tides and the rich biomass that feeds the fertile Pacific Ocean.
Although timid, mammals in this area can be seen once in a while, surprising the guests that pass through this jungle. Felines such as the güiña, the Colo-Colo cat and the puma; fox such as the culpeo and the chilla; rodents such as the coipo; otters like huillín and the chungungo, are some of the species that inhabit the area. But maybe one of the most spectacular and emotional encounters is to come face to face with the tiny and timid pudu and the magnificent huemul, they both adorn the Chilean national shield. The huemul, actually in danger of extinction, has discovered a protected enclave for its threatened existence in some parts of our widespread area of operation.
There is no place on earth similar to Patagonia. Not only because of its beautiful landscape surrounded by thick vegetation or its geography modeled thousands years ago that make it so seductive, nor the extreme conditions and life diversity that exist in the area. It’s a mixture of all of this and more that makes visiting Patagonia a fascinating experience
Fairy tales have taught us that treasures are always hidden. Buried under earth, concealed in the back of a cave or submerged in the sea; those that wanted to possess this treasure had to travel many kilometers and face many dangers in order to get it.
Almost at the end of the American continent there is a great treasure. A place full of life and richness with a beauty that is sometimes unimaginable. Legends say that here lies the city where Diego de Almagro, the conqueror, hid the treasure that he robbed from the Incan Empire. In this so called, “City of Caesars”, the streets are made of precious gems overflowing with gold and silver and the inhabitants are dressed in clothes of incomparable wealth.
Some travelers and survivors of ancient shipwrecks say that this magic and enchanted place is located in Patagonia. It could be hidden among the fjords and canals, swallowed by evergreen forests, behind a volcano or maybe in the exact place where a glacier begins. Nobody knows for sure. But one day, the city will make it visible and leave those that for centuries didn’t believe in it, awestruck with wonder.
However, explorers that have been fortunate enough to come to this end of the world do not need the ¨City of Caesars¨, because there is no gold more valuable than Patagonia itself. Its pristine waters; the fact that there aren’t stones shinier than the ice sleeping in the glaciers and a special and varied wildlife are a constant reminder of the uniqueness of Patagonia.
This end of the world has at its fingertips a beautiful treasure destined for men and women that value the experience of being part of a mystery and who know that the memory of a sublime instant is more valuable than a thousand tons of gold. A gift for all those whose heart beats at the same rhythm as that of Mother Nature.