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Traversing Mountains and Cultures with Paula and Frank

Traversing Mountains and Cultures with Paula and Frank

Paula and Frank just returned from their Hiker’s Patagonia trip to Chile and Argentina- their FOURTH Wildland Adventure! Here they share their personal highlights, thoughts on guides and advice for future travelers. Please enjoy some of their incredible pictures of Patagonia that truly convey the remote, wild and magnificent splendor that this untamed austral landscape has to offer.

Hiking in Torres del Paine, Photo by Frank Phillips


"We enjoyed the hiking experiences the most. Torres del Paine and the Fitzroy range were our major goals, and we were lucky enough to have 2 out of 3 days in each place for good visibility. I enjoyed Chile more than Argentina for the other aspects of the trip. The hotel in Santiago was excellent. The food in all of Chile was great – especially the vegetarian options. The accommodations at Patagonia Camp were perfect. We also liked the room at Alta Vista, in El Calafate, Argentina. All the people along the way were very helpful and professional. I think it was all the people that we met that touched us most – not only the guides, hotel workers, wait staff, drivers, etc. but also the local people. We had the funniest cab ride of our lives in Buenos Aires – a real rock star of a cab driver. We also loved seeing all the architecture of the 2 cities [Santiago and Buenos Aires] as well as the mountains in Torres del Paine and El Chalten. "

Sunset at Patagonia Camp, Photo by Frank PhillipsHiking in Patagonia, Photo by Frank PhillipsLos Cuernos, Photo by Frank Phillips



"All our guides were great – Sergio in Santiago, Chris at Patagonia Camp, Andrea in Buenos Aires, and Yanko on the Moreno glacier tour. We also had a very good driver named Jorge who drove us from the Chilean border to Alta Vista, El Calafate, Argentina. He was very professional and had maps for us to look at. Our favorite guide, however, was Matias Barrero in El Chalten, Argentina. He was excellent – we loved him. One of the highlights of our trip was all the local people we met along the way – so kind and interesting and willing to put up with our bad Spanish." 


Hiking with Matias in El Chalten, Photo by Frank PhillipsPerito Moreno Glacier, Photo by Frank Phillips


"Try to speak as much Spanish as you can – even if it’s not correct. Take lots of small bills in American money. We didn’t need to change into local currency – everyone was eager to have American dollars – especially in Argentina. I think we only needed pesos in Buenos Aires for the taxi driver. Give big tips to everyone, but people need to know that the guides don’t receive part of the tips left for the staff at lodges." 

Your friendly South America Program Director,

Gretchen Traut



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