October 10 2018

Traveling solo and slow: the best mix for visiting Chilean Patagonia


Enjoying a destination at a slow pace is a trend gaining more followers every year. What could be better than taking a solo trip and trying it out?

Escape from tight itineraries and places full of tourists and really live the local experience without any pressure.

Chilean Patagonia is one of those places where you will appreciate having the time and peace to contemplate nature, getting to know the culture, and enjoying its diversity. Why not give yourself all the time in the world to admire natural wonders such as the Gray Glacier or the sunsets in Torres del Paine?

This is exactly what slow travel is all about.

It can also be an excellent combination if you’re traveling alone. You’ll be able to escape from excessively crowded places, meet locals, live unique experiences, and do it at your own pace, without undue haste or demands.

If you intend to travel slowly, we recommend that you switch off and forget checklists and itineraries. Instead, surrender yourself to relaxed and unexpected experiences.

Slow travel is an offshoot of slow living, which emerged in Rome in the 80s in reaction against the arrival of a well-known fast food restaurant now found in almost every corner of the world. Although it arose as a defense of local gastronomy, the movement began to expand into other areas of life including travel.

Renowned travel magazine CN Traveller describes it as one of the most intimidating yet liberating lifetime experiences.

Meanwhile, Canadian site Solo Traveler describes traveling slow and solo as a way to connect with oneself and the world: "Noticing the planning and design, the pace of the people, the use of green space, the sounds, the cuisine, the architecture, and the street art, I can get a sense of a city”, says experienced solo traveler and blogger Janice Waugh.

Waugh also recommends the book "Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude" by Stephanie Rosenbloom, mainly Rosenbloom’s reflection on the pleasure of planning but also being open to change. This means knowing how to combine planning and research with welcoming changes of plan and unexpectedly adapting the itinerary. This becomes much easier if you travel slow and don’t have to reach an agreement with anyone.



Do you understand now why slow travel and solo travel make an excellent couple? And if we add Chilean Patagonia to the mix, the mix is just perfect.

Solo travel does not imply being alone all the time. There are always many opportunities to meet people on your trip. However, if you keep away from tourist spots and tight itineraries, chances are that you will meet locals and travelers who are going at a pace similar to yours.

If you want to avoid returning from your trip more tired than when you left, try out this new experience in southern Chile. "Lose" afternoons enjoying a Patagonian lamb barbecue or plan a route that allows you to find out about traditions. When traveling alone, you’re in charge of what you do; even more so when you’re traveling slow.

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