After saying goodbye to the friends, flora and fauna at EcoCamp, we were on the first van out of the park and back to Puerto Natales for a day of reprieve
. The 2 sleepless nights caught up to us and I had 1 requirement: hotel with spa. The Camp's manager, Patricio, recommended Hotel Indigo Patagonia, a boutique hotel with a rooftop spa overlooking the lake. Patricio was finally speaking my language. It was amazing and a place I highly recommend if you find yourself in Puerto Natales. Although a new building, the space was reminiscent of an old warehouse, gutted and designed with natural materials and modern architectural angles. The juxtaposition of modern industrial hotel against a backdrop of mountains and lakes was my kind of balance!
After lunch and a quick blogging session, it was time for my massage. Mussolini's rule quickly became a distant memory as I melted into my new surroundings. Dinner was also lovely, in fact, both Sam and I agreed it was the best meal to date. For me, the food in Chile has left a lot to be desired (who knew Alfredo was such a staple?). We relished pumpkin and ginger soup, conger eel with apples and onion and quinoa risotto.
It was a much needed day and while it may sound indulgent, it is the contrast of the simplicity in Torres del Paine and respite in Puerto Natales that will remain remarkable in my mind forever for the way in which each appealed to different parts of me.
It only seems fitting that I take this entry after the full court press I put on Sam to get out of dodge. Don't get me wrong, I was enamored with Torres del Paine and its beauty. In fact, I could have stayed longer if it weren't for Mussolini the Mouse; he literally ruled us. I can admit, nature hasn't always been my strong suit but so long as I have comfortable accommodations to retreat to, I enjoy the outdoors with the best of them; thatīs why I would never consider myself an outdoorsman. I think I was especially conflicted by the false bill of goods I felt sold in staying in a 'luxury' eco dome, but ultimately, grateful for the staff of EcoCamp helping us on our way- quickly. Let's be realistic, the minute I arrived and asked if I could use my hairdryer they probably placed bets on whether I would make it and weren't too surprised to see us go. Fortunately, my ego was intact knowing that I killed it on the hike and was the first to finish (Sam, too). That's right!