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Patagonia International Marathon & Winelands of Chile

 

Cuernos del Paine and Monte Almirante Nieto

Travel to the epic Patagonian International Marathon with 2Motivate and World Odyssey.  Although participation in the 63K, marathon, half marathon or 10K is not required, the adventurous athletic soul will be greatly rewarded.  Following the event, participants will have the option of adding on a few more days to tour the delicious Winelands of Chile.  Most cuisine, accommodations, and internal travel is included.  *Please view detailed itinerary below for specific details, locations and transfers.

Space is limited and registration (not included in event cost) is now open.  Please email Elizabeth Peace epeace@world-odyssey.com & Drea drea@twomotivate.com with questions and interest.

For every participant who runs through the striking terrain torn against a most southern sky, a tree will be planted in the Torres Del Paine in honor of conservation and commitment.  When the eyes tire of mountains rugged and the feet wear out trails spectacular, the body will rest in the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa.  This South American luxury sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Sarmiento.  Immersed in the landscape and emerging hillside, this award winning architecture complements the surrounding geology by highlighting the magnificent views of the Torres Del Paine National Park.  With fresh seafood from the Magellan Straits and a bar where one can savor the sensational views,  this hotel boasts some of the most exquisite pampering available.

Earn your downtime.  2Motivate & World Odyssey are prepared to take you down.

Detailed Itinerary as follows:

23 September (Wednesday)

Arrive Santiago TBA

On arrival at Santiago International Airport please proceed to Customs & Immigration for the entry formalities. You will then be met and transferred to Le Reve Hotel in Santiago where you stay for 1 night.

Beautifully located in the heart of the Providencia district close to restaurants, museums and shops, Le Reve is a delightful boutique property offering guests the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful city of Santiago.

There are just 31 rooms, all of which have been individually decorated and styled and well-appointed with en suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, cable television, mini-safe and mini-bar.

The hotel also has a dining room where delicious breakfasts are served daily. Guests can also enjoy midnight snacks and there is an honesty bar for guests to enjoy a drink at their leisure.

Le Reve Hotel (5 x Deluxe Rooms)

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and driven back to Santiago airport for your Sky Airlines flight to Punta Arenas (with a stop at Puerto Montt en route) as follows:

H2 21 (ECONOMY CLASS)

Check-in Santiago Depart Santiago Arrive Punta Arenas

07:10 hrs 08:10 hrs 12:45 hrs

24 September (Thursday)

On arrival in Punta Arenas you will be met and transferred to Puerto Natales (approx. 3 hours’ drive), where you stay at the Altiplanico Sur Hotel for 1 night.

Enjoying a delightful seafront location overlooking the Ultima Esperanza Bay, the Hotel Altiplanico Sur is a lovely hotel offering clean and comfortable accommodation.

The hotel has been built in an ecologically-friendly way using local materials and merging with its environment with grass and flowers on the roofs.

There are just 22 rooms, all of which have been nicely decorated and well-appointed with en suite bathroom facilities, mini safe, phone, central heating and lovely views across the bay.

There is a small and cosy restaurant that serves a wide variety of excellent international and local cuisine and there is also a bar. Other facilities include an outside jacuzzi.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Puerto Natales or relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Altiplanico Sur Hotel (5 x Standard Rooms) (B)

25 September (Friday)

Today you leave Puerto Natales and will be driven into the Torres del Paine National Park (approx. 2 hours’ drive) and to the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, where you stay for the next 3 nights.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff where the South American pampa meets Lake Sarmiento. The building is immersed in the landscape and emerges from the hillside. The award winning architecture complements the flow of the geology in this incredibly beautiful location and highlights the magnificent views of the Torres del Paine National Park.

The hotel has 3 suites and 34 superior rooms (10 of which can be interconnected to make family apartments) and 3 standard rooms. The rooms are decorated with authentic Patagonian details and styled to capture the warmth and coziness of being indoors in this wild place and they all have beautiful views across Lake Sarmiento to the peaks of Torres del Paine beyond.

The restaurant offers a delicious blend of indigenous and international cuisine including wonderful, fresh seafood from the Magellan Straits. There is also a bar where you can enjoy a Pisco sour and savour the sensational views. The hotel also boasts the Uma Spa where you can enjoy some pampering treatments after a long day in the National Park.

Ever since the maritime exploits of Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th Century the area has become synonymous with exploration and legend. Drake, Humboldt, Darwin, Shackleton and Chatwin are just a few of the famous names that have become linked to the area over the centuries and have helped to create its mystique. From the early explorers seeking the westerly sea-route through to the riches of the East to the scientific voyages of The Beagle, the area has always proved compelling and now the region is becoming extremely popular for visitors looking for some remarkable scenery and great outdoor activities.

Nestling at the southern tip of Chile is Patagonia; a world of vast open pampas, lush forests that explode into colour in Autumn, icy green lakes and waterfalls, glaciers tumbling into lakes, unique wildlife and dramatic mountain peaks…and at the very heart of this is the country’s most beautiful National Park, Torres del Paine.

The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and prepare for the race.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel (5 x Superior Rooms) (B,L,D)

Today is Race Day for the Patagonian Marathon and you will be taken to the start of the race. A delicious box lunch will be given to you after you finish the race.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel (5 x Superior Rooms) (B,L,D)

You now have one full day to explore the highlights of this stunning National Park with the lodge guides including walks or just enjoying the fabulous views of the lakes, glaciers and icebergs.

During your stay you can see some of the parks greatest highlights including the Grand Falls (Salto Grande) where Lake Nordenskjold falls into Lake Pehoe; the views of the Cuernos del Paine; the Salto Chico where Lake Pehoe drains into the River Paine, the stunning lenga forest en route to Lake Grey and the lovely views across the Grey Glacier You can also visit Amarga Lagoon with its stunning views of the main Torres del Paine.

There is also a wide variety of wildlife in the area including including guanacos, Darwin’s rhea, condors, many waterfowl species, foxes etc.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel (5 x Superior Rooms) (B,L,D)

This morning you leave Torres del Paine National Park and will be driven back to Punta Arenas airport, where you check-in for your Sky Airlines flight to Santiago (with a stop at Puerto Montt en route) as follows:

H2 20 (ECONOMY CLASS)

Check-in Punta Arenas Depart Punta Arenas Arrive Santiago

13:15 hrs 14:15 hrs 17:40 hrs

28 September (Sunday)

On arrival in Santiago Airport, those travelling back home proceed to check-in for their international flight.

For those who wish to stay on then there is an optional extension to the winelands and on arrival in Santiago Airport you will be met and transferred into the winelands to the south of Santiago and you stay at the Vina Matetic and La Casona for the next 2 nights.

Near the pesticide free, gravity-fed, biodynamic Matetic Vineyard is the intimate La Casona at Matetic Vineyards, a seven-room colonial retreat in the wilds of Chile.

History and progressive architecture merge at La Casona in Chile’s San Antonio Valley. Here, a century-old guesthouse is your base for exploring not only the valley itself, but the stark Matetic Vineyard buildings, made even more striking by their untouched surroundings.

Just seven rooms, a restaurant, a modern pool cutting a vertical swath through the grounds, and a lounge make up this destination. Rooms stay true to their heritage with period furnishings, but offer touches of today with goose-feather beds, and a lovely line of bathroom products.

The cosy lounge is the ideal spot to kick back with a book and a drink, while the restaurant, Equilibro, has a fantastic reputation.

Hop on a bike, and cycle around the vineyard. The looming concrete, timber, and glass buildings were designed by architect Lawrence Odfjell to fit in with the surroundings, while juxtaposing them at the same time.

The winery produces many different varietals, all of which are governed by biodynamic principles, creating vivid flavour profiles found nowhere else in the world.

La Casona at Vina Matetic (5 x Superior Rooms) (B,D)

29 September (Monday)

You now have a day to enjoy this beautiful estate not only looking at the vines and wine tasting, but also exploring the estate on foot and on horseback.

The history of wine in Chile began around 1550 a little after its conquest, when Pedro de Valdivia took possession of the country in the name of the King of Spain. Vines were planted soon after this and so it became the first wine producer in the ‘New World’ some 200 years before California and 100 years before South Africa. The growth of wine making in Chile was quite slow and it was not until the late 19th Century that the introduction of quality French vine stocks finally happened, which improved the quality significantly. The whole industry then took another major leap forward in the late 20th Century when many vineyards realised that

in order to compete on the global stage, they would need to invest heavily in the latest technology. The results are dramatic and now Chile produces some of the finest wines in the world.

Interestingly the wines from the region just to the south of Santiago differ significantly from those produced in the Aconcagua Valley to the north of the city.

La Casona at Vina Matetic (5 x Superior Rooms) (B,L,D)

Today you leave La Casona and will be transferred back to Santiago airport in time for your international flight.

Depart Santiago TBA

30 September (Tuesday)

END OF SERVICES

The price of this itinerary based on 10 adults travelling and sharing 5 rooms is as follows:

Meditation Month

For the month of February, I set out to meditate each day.  Well……this just didn’t work very well for me.  I honestly tried.  Sitting still and breathing was helpful and sometimes relaxing and peaceful, but a lot of times it just made me itch.  My whizzing mind flipped the rolodex of To-Do’s and time seemed to be very much a stand still suck.

What to do about this meditating thing?  I began painting.  Painting lets my mind breeze over colors and just about nothing else.  I relax into only the task at hand.  The To-Do list goes away, the laundry piles up, the dinner becomes sandwiches….like a bad habit, but GOOD!

What to paint?

Dogs, duh.

Then…..I liked it so much, I opened up a little business: POOCHPAINT.

I’m not sure if that fits into the whole meditation thing…to make a business, but oh well.

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2015 Nationals XC Championships

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Bless me, it has been two years since my last real race.  GREAT!  Let’s go back to Nationals Cross Country at altitude!  Absolutely.

And here’s why.  There is simply no other race that hurts so much, checks your ego so hard, and runs the clock into no man’s land.  It’s an epic battle between your nerves, your ego, and your lungs.  Nothing else matters.  Except the team.

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And that’s the best part.  To be truly supported and part of a team.  Injuries have been haunting, but Oiselle lifted me up though the help of Monica & Joe DeVereese at Santa Barbara Running Company.  My leg got put back together with the help of Mike Swan, Ernie Ferrel, and Dave and Deanna Odell.  The team welcomed me back to training for this national event, and that always feels like gold.

The actual race was quite a challenge.  I could not handle high mileage due to my leg and incorporated cross training and cryotherapy into my routine.  My race plan was established with care and I executed it perfectly.  Meaning, go out slow and just hang ON!

The beauty was in the reality.  Welcomed by team Oiselle, I experienced an entirely new cheering quad yelling my name with enthusiastic smiles at each lap.  This included Oiselle founder Sally Bergesen, team leader Kristin Metcalfe, and pro super star athlete Lauren Fleshman.

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I literally looped the marshmallow surface course sucking oxygen through a straw up my nose while Lauren cheered “Go Drea, Great job Drea.”  This is a woman who I personally watched complete the NYC Marathon suffering to the bitter end.  I also witnessed her cling way off the back at the Olympic trials 5K in Eugene.  Why did she do that?  She had earned the right to be there, suffered through injury, worked out on an ElliptiGo with literally 12 miles of running a week….BUT STILL SHOWED UP and FINISHED the OT in the 5K at Hayward Field in front of a thousand fans.  I met Lauren the next morning after her OT at breakfast- I sat gushing like a teenager- and she graciously took a photo with me and answered all my questions.

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And here I was.  At Nationals again on one leg, from sea level, feeling old, and yet… a part of something great.  To me, this is what running is.  It’s putting yourself out there- wide and raw.  When you rock it you glow and fist pump, when you fail you cry and weep, when you do your best you accept what you did and feel an amazing admiration for those that fly so much beyond your capacity.

I’m proud that I once again put myself out there.  I’m humbled by the race.  I’m thankful by the enormous support.  I’m pleased that I had yet another chance to suffer.

And suffer I did.  However, not stupidly.  Coming from sea level, I ran the smartest and most controlled race I could have done.  I finished 61st ranking very close to my St. Louis performances and finished with a only your mother will be watching sweet kick.  It was a good day.  A blessing.

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Thank you to those that got me there.