Earlier this year I set aside a couple weeks to travel back to the Lake District of Chile. We spent time in this area in 2014…take a look at the blog post here. This area is a very remote, unbelievably beautiful and a fairly unknown part of Patagonia. Stunning landscapes of mountains, glaciers, rivers, and lakes. The locals are warm and welcoming even to a non-speaking, very tall foreigner.
This trip was a bit different than my previous trips. This time I traveled to the region alone and met my friend Robert who owns the whitewater rafting company Futaleufú Adventure. We’ve been discussing how we can create a photo tour of this area and also incorporate a sense of adventure into the trip. Our goal for my time there was to pull together a small portfolio of landscapes and local life. And take what we learned together to build a week long world class Patagonian experience full of amazing scenery, horseback riding, river rafting and time with locals. This trip is a first of its kind and will be full of unique experiences.
During our time together Robert showed me Futaleufú from the perspective of a local. It’s a small community of around 1,800. We met farmers, ranchers, tradesmen…old and young. We rode horses on livestock trails through the mountains. We drank endless amounts of matté heated by wood burning stoves, prepared by kind and generous people. We ate fresh preserves, freshly baked bread, and as you’ll see, amazing vegetables.
All the while being reminded of the beauty in a much simpler way of life.
We also experienced Mother Nature at her finest. Hard rains and bright sun. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Clear and cold night skies. The changing of the seasons brings breathtaking color changes. Rain and weather moved in and out handing us drama in the skies.
I can’t do justice to this trip with words and the photos don’t do show you the landscapes completely…it’s something that needs to be experienced in person. But I hope sharing a few photos of our trip will help give you a sense of the locals and the natural beauty this wonderful place holds.