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A siesta on Toro lookout

Sometimes, exploring is about staying still and savoring the moment, as Maki Torres Fernández, explora guide in Patagonia, discovers

Maki Torres Fernández , Guide in explora Patagonia

 

One afternoon I took a small group of travelers to the Toro lookout.

I met the two couples in the hotel lobby, gave them a small introduction and after filling our water bottles, we left.

 

A place for goodbyes

Both couples were leaving the next day, and this was their last walk in the park. The Toro viewpoint offers classic postcard views of the Torres del Paine National Park. It was an ideal place for a farewell.

The Toro lookout is not a physically challenging exploration, it’s a relatively short walk. The trip is more about enjoying the views and breathing in lungfuls of pure air.

 

Here for while

On this day, I got the feeling the travelers were in a hurry. They walked quickly and quietly, pressed the pace and did not stop to observe and admire their surroundings.

After just 30 minutes we reached the viewpoint – a large rock protruding from a mound. It was a beautiful day and I did not want the travelers to miss that wonderful view. Instead, I took my water bottle and some snacks from my backpack, left on the floor and sat down, making myself comfortable.

“We’ll be here for a while,” I told them.

“How long is a while?” They replied. I just smiled and said confidently, “I do not know, a little while …”

 

I took off my fleece, spread it out behind me on the rock and leaned back comfortably to look at the sky. Without saying a word, they all followed suit.

 

 

Surrendering to the wait

The first three or four minutes were tense.

They looked at me, confused that I was not moving. Then one of the couples surrendered to the wait and sat down on the rock, which was warmed by the sun. “It’s the perfect spot for a nap,” they said. In reply, I took off my fleece, spread it out behind me on the rock and leaned back comfortably to look at the sky. Without saying a word, they all followed suit. The breeze was ambient music and nobody said another word. In that moment, we had it. We connected!

 

A little while longer

Almost 30 minutes later, I sat up and looked over. One of them was still dozing, the rest breathing slowly. “Do you think it’s time to go back?” I whispered. For a moment there was no answer, then came: “Just a little while longer …”

When we finally made it back to the road, the travelers confessed that their nap on Toro lookout would be an unforgettable moment for them.

Even now, I cannot remember exactly how long the ‘little moment’ lasted that day. I only remember the heat of the rock on my back and the connection we felt, the travelers and I, with the air, the sun and the nature.

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