Share in the excitement as I explore South America, discovering the Moai Statues of Easter Island, sailing the treacherous seas through the Strait of Magellan, climbing the ice glaciers of the Patagonians, and revelling in the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro. I hope you’ll join me on this intimate journey of hardships and delights.
Like so many adventures, I have always tried to focus on three important parts of a global region. I am always grateful if I can see each one, enjoying a new experience firsthand.
My first wish on this particular adventure of 2001 was to see the Easter Islands. A result of a boyhood thirst for adventure and fascination by the statues that scattered across the island in such a remote part of the world.
Number two was to go around the Cape and sail through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel. I was more than fortunate to feel the wind as a true sailor with canvas. These demanding waters have the highest respect of sailors’ folklore and my admiration.
My last wish was to explore Rio de Janeiro and the famous beach of Copacabana. It was everything I imagined and more. Rio is an exciting city in a remarkable country. On this journey, these three wishes were granted, and I received them with awe and admiration.
But there was so much more. The Iguazu Falls, the Patagonians, the Torres del Paine, the freight ship from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt, the volcano in the lake area of Chile, and on and on it goes.
The people and their lifestyles, from the tango in Argentina to the samba in Brazil, to the delicious fish dishes that the Chileans enjoy, enhanced this journey far beyond any of my expectations. I am more than grateful for having this experience.