Carol and Chas just returned from our newest Chile Adventure- Exploring Wild Chile: Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia with a customized cruise in the middle. Beginning in “Chile’s Yellowstone”- Patagonia Conservation- in the Aysen Region, continuing on to explore the southern fjords on an intimate cruise and culminating amidst the stellar peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, in the south, Carol recounts her experience here:
“Every part of our trip was wonderful. We enjoyed all of the accommodations. Hotel Castillo Rojo in Santiago was delightful, lovely staff, nice quiet neighborhood with lots to walk to (restaurants, hike up to the Santuario Imaculata Concepcion, Pablo Neruda house, etc.)
It was lovely being in the Parque Patagonia in Valle Chacabuco. The distance from the rest of the world was part of the appeal. It took 8 hours of driving on a dirt road to get there, rather than the 5 hour estimate, but Maurizio (I think I remember his name correctly) was a pleasure to travel with, and a good, but very careful/slow driver. The Chileans working there were so connected with the place, the land, and being part of the development of the project there that it was a pleasure being with them. Serkio was our guide for a day. He was not available on the 1st day we hiked, and he's the only guide, but he showed us the trailhead and we had a wonderful hike. Most trailheads require a car to drive to from there.
The ship was fun. The glaciers were incredibly beautiful. On the zodiacs we got pretty close to elephant seals and sea lions. We took a beautiful walk one day when we disembarked from the zodiac. I would have liked more walking. I don't know if other cruise companies down there are set up for more walking, but if so, that would be more for us.
The Ecocamp was as wonderful as I remembered from my previous stay there. Chas and I both liked our dome the best of all our accommodations. Merced was our guide most days which was great.
All the arrangements you made for us went smoothly.
We had a wonderful time. My friend and I are already planning to talk with you about another trip this fall.
Best wishes and thank you,
Your friendly South America Program Director,