This past February, six adventurous travelers decided to take on Chile and Argentina - and take it on they did! Their epic adventure started in Iguazu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and continued South to Argentine Patagonia where they trekked among the spires of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. From there, they crossed overland to Torres del Paine where they spent their days hiking and their evenings in the relaxed luxury of Patagonia Camp's yurts. A short flight North saw them in the Aysen region, a relatively unexplored part of Patagonia and one of our personal favorite areas of Chile. They ended their trip in the far North of Chile - the Atacama desert with its otherworldly landscapes and unbeatable stargazing.
Not everyone has this much time to travel but this trip showcases the geographic and cultural diversity that Chile & Argentina have to offer. Here's a little more from them about this trip:
What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why?Every location was unique and we enjoyed all of them. Parque Patagonia and Lodge at Chacabuco was a spectacular area. We loved the lodge, food, guides and the guanacos in our front yard. Patagonia Camp was really special for it's unique setting, charming accommodations and beautiful scenery. Hiking in El Chalten area was a favorite for the unique spires.
How were your guides?
All guides were VERY good! We especially enjoyed our driver Jorge, who drove us down and back on the Carretera Austral - not an easy task! The guides were very informative and patient. He really stood out for his excellent driving and concern for our comfort on the long hours we spent in the van. Patagonia is a big place!
We had the opportunity to meet Kris Tompkins at Parque Patagonia (a delightful and friendly woman) and her grandson Gardner was one of our guides at Parque Patagonia. Also delightful. It was very interesting talking to him about his grandfather, Doug Tompkins
Please tell us about any personal highlights or insights you experienced on your trip:
Stunning landscapes, beautiful hikes, interesting culture, amazing wildlife. On reflection, the entire trip was outstanding --- for the amazing sights at each and every stop and the guides all along the way kept the tour moving like clockwork.
What were the main reasons you chose this itinerary?
We wanted to see Patagonia and therefore had this trip customized to meet our needs. We wanted see as much as possible in the time allowed and Kelsey did an amazing job putting this together.
What advice would you give to travelers going on this Wildland adventure?
Allocate enough time, expect to experience many new and different things. Expect physical challenges if you plan to participate in longer hikes. Prepare for long hikes and long days of travel along bumpy roads - both of which allow travelers to see some of the most amazing sights in the world as well as enjoy the company of well chosen guides for an amazing Patagonian experience.