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Managing Director Adrian Phillips shares his highlights from his trip through Patagonia along the Carretera Austral.
Morning all! @adrianjamesphillips here, taking over Instagram for one day only to share my experiences from the #CarreteraAustral. Snaking through the wilderness of Chilean #Patagonia, this magnificent road has a fair claim to being the world’s most beautiful road trip. This view – on the stretch between the #ChacabucoValley and Puerto Rìo Tranquillo – is typical (but no less breathtaking!), with the Andes looming in the background. #bradt #chile #taketheroadlesstravelled
For all its beauty, the #CarreteraAustral can be deadly. There’s no tarmac for hundreds of miles, the road a bumpy, skiddy bed of loose stones, and if you lose your concentration for a moment you can be off. Here’s a rusting car I passed on the way. #bradt #patagonia #takeover #taketheroadlesstravelled @adrianjamesphillips
#Patagonia has larger swathes of ice than anywhere outside Antarctica and Greenland. This is the #SanRafael Glacier in the Northern Ice Field, which you can visit by small boat from Bahìa Exploradores. It is truly nature at its mightiest – 2km wide, nearly 100m high, and stretching back 50km. Up close, you hear it creaking and cracking, and vast chunks fall into the lagoon, creating waves that can capsize a boat if it gets too close. #bradt #CarreteraAustral #taketheroadlesstravelled @adrianjamesphillips
Hold on tight… I’ve not been on a horse since I was six years old. But a local operator @senderospatagonia lead some fabulous horse treks along narrow cattle trails near Villa Cerro Castillo, and they can cater for all levels of experience (or lack of it). #bradt #CarreteraAustral #taketheroadlesstravelled @adrianjamesphillips
Rodrigo, whose family owns much of the land here, takes a drink from the maté gourd. This hot, herbal drink is a way of life here and a way of cementing friendship. The gourd is passed around repeatedly until you say ‘thank you’ and duck out of the circle. #bradt #taketheroadlesstravelled #CarreteraAustral
Cristian runs @senderospatagonia with his wife, Mary. He was once a bucking bronco rider but became disenchanted with forcing an animal to do his will and now trains horses using a more humane and natural way – a genuine ‘horse whisperer’ who is fired by estancias for miles around to tame their wild mountain horses. #bradt #CarreteraAustral #taketheroadlesstravelled @adrianjamesphillips
How’s this for a long and winding road? I’ll leave you with this photo of the magnificent approach to the village of Villa Cerro Castillo. Thanks for following my Instagram takeover today – hopefully I’ve inspired some of you to visit the #CarreteraAustral! Thank you to @swoopadventures @recorre_aysen @senderospatagonia @chiletravel @natgeotravel #bradt #taketheroadlesstravelled @adrianjamesphillips
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