We flew into Punta Arenas where the Cascada tour people picked us up for our first day of our Patagonia tour. We met Sarah and Daniel, two New Zealanders who are on their honeymoon, and drive north towards Torres del Paine together. We get a first impression of the incredible distances here in Patagonia by driving 3-4 hours through the Pampa to Puerto Natales. Many Guanacos (a sort of Lama), Rheas (a sort of ostrich) on the way. Some condors in the sky. The landscape is extremely boring so far, but much more wildlife than expected.
In Puerto Natales we met Alejandro, our guide for Torres del Paine. He is a nice guy, but completely crazy. I asked him about the political situation in Chile - an opportunity to develop some amazing conspiracy theories about the few decision makers that brainwash the entire population. Of course not only in Chile, but worldwide. After 10 minutes of monologue, I still had the impression it would be worth discussing about it. But after 30 minutes we have learned that the pyramids in Gizeh have not been built by the Egyptians, that our predecessors have known how to do levitation - a forgotten skill, and many more interesting facts. So I gave up. What I just don't understand about these people is how they can at the same time be so critical and disbelieving about all established knowledge, and at the same time be so incredibly sure about hypotheses for which they cannot present any evidence.
After 2-3 more hours of drive we finally arrive in the EcoCamp, which is really a cool place. It's like a camping site, but with fixed iglu tents. The tents are really small (see pic), and have no light and no heating, but warm blankets. There are a few large common tents for breakfast and dinner that are really cosy. We have an incredible view on Torres del Paine. All in all a great place, although the price is crazy.