The Rio de la Plata's delta disappears behind the clouds while flying from Buenos Aires to El Calafate. A 4 hours drive in the middle of nothing to reach El Chaltén hitting one of the word’s most iconic roads: La Ruta 40. Stretching from south to north it parallels the Andes for more than 5,000 km. Wind and empty spaces, kilometres to drive, occasional guanaco meetings and the Viedma Lake trough the window to keep company along the way. Then in the horizon would appear peaks of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy to welcome to the Los Glaciares National Park. The most famous one: Perito Moreno: this ice field is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. Heading to Puerto Natales (Chile) on the R40 again, going from Tres Lagos to Rio Turbio, with the snow-capped Andes on one side and the seemingly endless, windswept Patagonian steppe on the other. The landscape is torn from the pages of Chatwin’s In Patagonia and Paul Theroux’s The Old Patagonian Express. Torres del Paine National Park to climb till the three granite towers from which the park takes its name. From El Calafate to Ushuaia by bus takes about 12 hours via Rio Gallegos. Another entering then exit Chile, brand new stamps on passport. Then finally the emotion to cross the Strait of Magellan on a ferry in Punta Delgada leaving the mainland South America behind to enter Tierra del Fuego. Bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia claims also the title of world's southernmost city. The right place for random penguins meetings while sailing the beagle channel. The city motto is “Ushuaia, end of the world, beginning of everything”. Breathe Patagonia.

Cinematography & Editing / Alberto Martin
Original Soundtrack / Edoardo Pacchiotti
Voice Over Artist / Simone Patrick Poletti
reading "Another Poem of the Gifts" by J.L. Borges
Production Assistants / Stefano Durando, Roberto Rey
Thanks to Maria Emilia Danesi & Fernando Barcovich

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