THE PLACE, WHERE IS AWASI?
After years of plodding the planes of Patagonia trying to decide where to build their lodge, the Awasi team finally settled on the ideal spot. However, they can’t take credit for discovering the woody hillside upon which the hotel’s twelve villas and main lodge now stand, it was Lady Florence Dixie who first came upon it. Known as the first “tourist” to visit Patagonia – those before her came as missionaries or to undertake scientific research, like Darwin – Lady Florence rode across Patagonia in 1879 simply for the pleasure of seeing its sights. Crossing from what is now Argentina into Chilean terrain, the British socialite pulled up her horse and stopped in front of the breath-taking view of Torres del Paine Mountain Range. "The sight well repaid us for our trouble", she wrote in her diary, whilst one of her companions stopped to sketch the view. The Awasi team matched the scene depicted in this drawing and built the lodge in this very same spot, and so guests at Awasi Patagonia can enjoy the very same view two centuries later.
By Gabriel O'Rorke, AFAR Contributor
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