Our instructions were to meet a man called Don Pepe in El Castillo at noon. We parked at the horse hitching post and waited at Restaurant "El Pionero". The staff were very proud of their accessible toilet and delighted to have their first ever visitor in a wheelchair. Estancia Barranca is a traditional Chilean working farm in full view of the awe inspiring Torres mountains. It is across a river impassable by car (or wheelchair) so we left the rental car in a stoney river bed and continued in the jeep. The staff did everything possible to assist my friend and were totally un-phased by a wheelchair user in such a remote and rugged landscape. We spent two memorable days watching the muster, enjoying the famous Patagonian hospitality and attempting to discuss the finer points of sheep shearing in Spanish.
Location: Eastern edge of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile approx 130kms from Puerto Natales
Booking: We arranged our trip from Puerto Natales through the excellent Hostel Natales. www.hostelnatales.cl/
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