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!
Estancia Alta Vista was unique. We enjoyed that fact that we hiked and rode horses without other guests. Nice change from the popular sites with lots of people.
One crazy experience we had was when we landed in Punta Arenas…we went into the city. The Patagonia Camp staff member with us was very nice and gave us some suggestions for seeing the city. It was very windy. She said if it gets too windy, the city puts up ropes on the street so you can hold on. We walked around the city. Had lunch and decided it was too windy to stay out. Then the ropes came out! We found out the wind was 140 km/hr that day. Here is Doug in Punta Arenas trying to not get blown away. A few moments later his hat got taken away!
We went fishing on the Limay River out of Bariloche. Doug caught beautiful brown trout. The river and countryside were lovely!
Our one piece of advice for future travelers: Do Patagonia in the off seasons. We were very lucky we were not in high season – there were not so many people.