How do you imagine solo travel? Scary? Wonderful? Thrilling? For me it is an amazing, rewarding experience. But… It wouldn’t be honest to tell you only the rewards of solo travel. It is also challenging. Nothing that should stop you from traveling, of course, it’s something that you can overcome and will make you grow. And overall, it is worthwhile.
Cultural heritage in Patagonia is very rich, however, my trip over there had a different perspective: geological heritage. Geological heritage helped me to explore not only beautiful landscapes but also the fascinating history of the region… including the discovery of a new dinosaur!
Earthquakes and volcanoes were a common conversation topic with locals when I was in Chile, and it was interesting to hear their personal experiences. Natural disasters are terrible events. Some people, however, were able to tell me their experience with a calm matter-of-fact tone, others even with humor. I truly admire them.
In 2003 the historic quarter of Valparaiso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its culture and architecture, including its old lifts. With its colorful houses, cobbled streets, diverse street art and great views from the hills, I could walk its streets during hours.
Kaikoura is well known for wildlife observation, there are all kinds of tours to watch seals, dolphins and whales. I did not take any tour but keep great memories: it was another example of a place where the people I met made my day.