1999 was a very important year for Donnavventura. The team left majestic desert landscapes on a plane to Patagonia: a true dream destination for many travelers worldwide.
The expedition team landed in Montevideo trading their wings with five brand new offroad vehicles. The first stop was thus made in Punta del Este, then heading North all the way to the border between Brasil and Uruguay – Capo Polonio’s majestic dunes and its popular beaches packed with lazily dwelling sealions greeted the arrival of our intrepid travel reporters.
Then the team ventured in the “pampa” and its endless grassy plains, scattered with cattles and boisterous gauchos drinking “mate” in the leafy shade of some evergreen Ombu trees.
The Andes and their spectacular mountain range were then tackled by thoe offroad vehicles of the Donnavventura expedition, reaching as high as snowcapped volcanoes, plateaus, deep crevasses and giant cactai. Up there the Incas had lived and dwelled for centuries, while stepping on the very travel itinerary chosen by the expedition team.
The next outstanding location for filming highly spectacular footage was the legendary Valley of the moon in Argentina. From there the team drove all the way to the Bolivian border, crossing the Andes at some 16.400 ft. and then setting up camp in the very heart of the Atacama desert: one of the most breathtaking places in the whole world, yet full of dangers, as the temperature can reach – 10 C° at night, throwing another demanding challenge to the Donnavventura travel reporters.
When the team arrived in Chile the Carretera Austral took our reporters to the very end of the available offroad tracks and then everybody sailed to see the famous San Rafael lagoon and its rich population of penguins and cormorants, amongst the huge icebergs.
After such spectacular encounters, the Donnavventura team got back to their cars and drove all the way up to Torre del Paine, crossed the Andes back to Argentina and eventually entered the reddish plains of Patagonia. The team paid a visit to the Perito Moreno glacier, then headed to the Strait of Magellan and the very last destination on the official itinerary: Ushuaia. Here the team had the most unique chance of visiting the southermost human settlement in the whole world and a virtual gateway to misterious Antarctica.
The members of expedition team were: Antonella, Francesca, Federica B., Federica M., Laura G., Laura L. Sabrina and Claudia.