If I did my job well, then the last few months worth of dispatches from Patagonia have sold you on the region as a top-notch destination.
I had a blast. And I want to thank G Adventures for allowing me to join them on an End of the Earth tour.
The itinerary lived up to my expectations, and the actual locations exceeded them.
The active stage of our trip began with a hike around Fitz Roy mountain, whose summit remained hidden much of the time.
However, it did not distract in the least from the day.
If you go to Patagonia expecting perfect weather for every hike, you're going to be disappointed.
The next day, I fulfilled a childhood dream when I went ice climbing on Viedma Glacier.
The morning started out overcast, but by the time we reached the glacier, the skies had cleared.
The surprise ending to our day was something none of us saw coming.
Our next big adventure was a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier (photo essay).
The sheer size of the glacier left everyone in awe. It was one of the most spectacular natural sites I've ever had the pleasure to visit.
Hearing and watching ice calve off the glacier only added to the excitement.
In addition to the physical activities, we also ate surprisingly well.
I threw caution to the wind and dined on the best food in Patagonia with most of our 10-person group every night.
The signs of last December's wildfire did little to detract from the park's natural beauty.
I can't recommend this region of the world highly enough.
The key is to visit during the (South America) Summer season, otherwise, the normally unpredictable weather is even worse.
Plus, you're less likely to see the mountain tops.
I've been overhearing travelers in hostels talk about their experience visiting Patagonia more recently, and I don't envy them.
I get cold just thinking about the weather down there now.
Disclosure: This Patagonia tour was in partnership with G Adventures. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.