As Patagonia’s trekking season comes to a close this year, Wildland Adventurers alumni Lynn and Lawrence, report back in after spending the final days of their trip to Patagonia in the Fitz Roy area of Argentine Patagonia.
Lynn enthusiastically recounts, “We absolutely adored the trip and we LOVED the trekking! We know that many people are weary about traveling to Patagonia at the very end and beginning of the season, but it was perfect- there were hardly any tourists and mostly locals, who were eager to interact with us and make suggestions of local hot spots in El Chalten; the restaurants in this town are great! Our guide, Shaun, was wonderful! We are very active and got to cover 26 miles in two days around Los Glaciares National Park. Our drivers in and out of El Chalten were also great and made everything easy and we loved our hotel.”
This ambitious couple also...
How often can you say that you were able to trek in the steps of the Inca, bike through Martian landscapes and walk amongst guanacos and condors on the Patagonian steppe through the famous Torres del Paine?
If your answer is not very often, then I'm here to help! This year I am extremely excited to share several new treks in South America for travelers looking for new, rare and enticing experiences that showcase the various gems of South America’s diverse landscapes and the local peoples that call these unique places home.
FIVE HIDDEN GEM TREKS IN SOUTH AMERICA:
1) Epic Chile Expedition: Atacama & Patagonia
My personal new favorite, and the trip that I will be leading this October to celebrate our 30th anniversary explores the two most iconic regions of Chil: the Atacama & Patagonia. This is South America’s trekker’s paradise! The adventure kicks off in an otherworldly landscape in the Atacama, the world’s highest and driest desert. Hike, bike...
Marilyn and Steve, along with their friends Tom and Betlyn, just returned from a customized adventure exploring the top sites of Patagonia. Beginning in Santiago, they continued on to a luxurious and active jaunt in Torres del Paine at Explora Lodge, glacier viewing in El Calafate, sunset sailing in Bariloche and finishing in Buenos Aires with time to catch a live jazz show and test out their tango skills! Marilyn recounts their experience below.
“I am just now getting a moment to write about the trip…Bottom-line: it was fabulous!
The concept of crafting an itinerary and identifying where and how much time you spend is really the way to go - I just cannot imagine being “captive” on a scheduled tour anymore! Meeting the local guides at each stop was a real treat - Jorge in Santiago, Fernanda in Buenos Aires, Marissa in Bariloche, Pilar in El Calafate, and of course...
Alumni travelers, Dian and Doug, just returned from an extensive hiking adventure in Patagonia. Using our Hiker’s Patagonia Itinerary as the base of their trip, they added on time in Barlioche, Argentina’s little Switzerland, for fishing and more hiking. Below, Dian recounts some the highlights of their trip along with tales of the mighty Patagonian winds and advice for future travelers.
"Doug and I chose this trip because we wanted to challenge ourselves to hike in Patagonia. We are totally in awe of how well all of the arrangements worked. We are very thankful for all your help. We have traveled with Wildland in the past and for this trip we couldn't have been more prepared.
Our Patagonia accommodations were unique and we loved them. Patagonia Camp is a wonderful place. We loved the hiking. We went on 3 great outings, including hiking the French Valley and the Torres. Wonderful!...
This week Obama is visiting Argentina and one of the main points of interest for negotiations between he and Argentine President, Macri, is ease of travel between Argentina and the US for their respective citizens. As a result of yesterday’s negotiations, the Argentine government has temporarily suspended the US$160 reciprocity fee it has charged US travelers entering the country since 2008.
The measure, now in effect as of today, was revealed in a statement yesterday by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
According to the Argentine embassy in the US, “as from March 24, 2016, and until further notice, payment of the Reciprocity Fee will not be required from US passport holders.”
You can see this new decree displayed on the Argentine Embassy of the United States website HERE.
Want to plan your next adventure to Argentina? Feel free to contact me.
Your friendly Argentina expert,