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Peace in Patagonia

Thursday, December 15, 2016

As cochairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Kinga Lampert strives to achieve one goal: to help find a cure. With her leadership, the nonprofit organization synonymous with pink ribbons is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. Born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised in Paris (where she studied business law), Lampert then moved to New York and now resides in Miami. If there’s one thing that has remained constant in her life, it’s a profound passion for traveling. Here, Lampert shares highlights from her trip to Chilean Patagonia.

To infinity and beyond

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia has always been at the top of my list of places to visit, as it boasts dramatic peaks, pristine lakes and spectacular glaciersgetting there requires several flights as well as an additional few hours’ drive from the closest airport. The highway that takes you there is called Carretera del Fin del Mundo, the English translation of which is “road to the end of the world.” My type of place!

On the itinerary

A daylong hike to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine (which led to an encounter with guanaco llamas), a trek on the Grey Glacier and a horseback ride through forests and pampas to a working gaucho ranch.

Ahh, the great outdoors

I really fell in love with South America. Since Patagonia, I also visited the Atacama Desert region in Chile and Machu Picchu in Peru. Next up on my list is the mysterious Easter Island (Rapa Nui). But this trip also inspired me to revisit the U.S. national parks. There is so much natural beauty right here in this country without having to travel to the edge of the world!


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