Patagonia is without doubt one of the most beautiful parts of the world that I have ever travelled to. I visited Patagonia at the start of my trip back when I was still a naive, fresh traveller and it gave me some great new experiences. Within three weeks of starting my trip I found myself on a 4 day trek winding through Torres Del Paine National Park in Southern Chile with someone I had only met the day before! I had never done ANY hiking before this so it was a big undertaking for me as we were trekking for 8-12 hours each day. Fortunately I was there during summer (January) and we were a long way south, so there was plenty of daylight.
I attribute this first trek as a huge step forward for me and upon finishing successfully I really felt like I could achieve anything. I was apprehensive about heading down there by myself and doing something I had never done before, but what made it possible was reading about the experiences of other people who have done it before me. Other solo travellers had in the past travelled to the small Chilean town of Puerto Natales and found people to trek with there, then headed on in to Torres Del Paine National Park and had the time of their lives.
I figured if someone else could do it, then so can I. And I was right, I could do it and I did do it, and it was fucking amazing. After that I knew I could do anything. Each time I was apprehensive about something on the trip I just thought back to this trek I did at the start and I was a little bit less apprehensive and a little bit more confident. These days I feel like I can do absolutely ANYTHING and I actively seek out things which are new and exciting and make me feel slightly unsure or nervous because those are the things which are the most fun and the most rewarding.
So as promised, here are 10 photos that will make you want to visit Patagonia.
Note: These photos were taken way back at the beginning of my interest in photography, I sure would love the opportunity to photograph these locations again with everything I have learnt since then!