First, travelArtists Carsten Bengelsdorff, Melanie Ulbrich and Pablo Aravena spent nine days visiting our partner hotels and restaurants and other destinations along the northern part of the route, which leads through Puerto Montt, Chaitén and Futaleufú. Highlights of this inspection trip were the Parque Pumalín, with its pristine Valdivian rain forest full of lakes, rivers and hiking trails, and beautiful Yelcho Lake with its eponymous glacier. Also worth seeing was Queulat National Park, known for its “Ventisquero Colgante” (“Hanging Glacier”), which flows down from the mountain Cerro Alto Nevado, and ends in a spectacular waterfall. In this park our travelArtists found another special highlight: the “Bosque Encantado” (“Magic Forest”) trail, which winds through an unforgettable cold-climate rain forest that indeed feels straight out of a fairy tale.
Soon after, our sales manager, Claudia Umscheid, visited the southern part of the Carretera Austral. Her route took her from Balmaceda to Puerto Aysen, Puerto Chacabuco and Coyhaique, and via Puerto Ibáñez and Puerto Tranquilo to Cochrane. She was able not only to inspect our partner hotels, but also to take the time to soak in the beauty of the region. Her most memorable outing was a boat trip across turquoise General Carrera Lake, to marvel at a true natural artwork: the “Capilla de Marmol” (“Marble Chapel”).
With fresh ideas and indelible impressions from their recent trips, our travelArtists are now well prepared for the upcoming season. For exciting ideas for you clients’ Patagonia programmes, please contact your travelArt sales representative.