Wild Patagonia Explorer
Coyhaique, Chile5.0 (3 reviews)
- Remote Patagonia Wilderness
- Stunning Mountain Scenery
- Wildlife, Glaciers, Waterfalls & Wildflowers
- Cultural Immersion
- Glacial-fed Alpine Lakes
- Broad, Wild River Valleys
- Unique Lodging & Camping
- Horse-Supported Trekking
Our Wild Patagonia Explorer Trek is a dream expedition for any adventurous world traveler. We have combined unique lodging, remote horse-supported trekking, cultural immersion, fantastic hiking and more in one grand adventure. We explore Chile’s newly created Patagonia National Park and the mountains surrounding it to create the trip of a lifetime. From dazzling glacially fed lakes to high mountain plateaus to expansive grasslands, this expedition will immerse participants in the beauty and solitude of the remote Aysén region of Patagonia. The wild landscapes, adventurous trails, charming locals, scenic transportation routes and unique local history are what make this region so fascinating to explore.
Our guests will learn about the rich and complex backstory of Patagonia National Park’s conservation, as well as the amazing history of the Aysén Region. We will delve into Patagonia’s natural and human history and gain a richer understanding of the uniqueness and importance of this landscape. This is a great opportunity to explore the true wilderness of Patagonia without any crowds – join us!
$300 Single Supplement
This trip has hotel/lodge stays for 3 nights of the trip, and the single supplement applies to all 3 of these nights. It also includes a private tent in each of the camping accommodations for the remaining 5 nights of the trip. Otherwise tents will be double occupancy with the same gender. Different sexes will never be asked to share a tent unless they are traveling together. This trip has a limit of 6 single supplement occupants per trip date.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip is between Level 3 and 4, tending toward 4. It has long days of hiking (three days of 10+ miles) and significant elevation gains of over 3,000 feet (maximum). However, our elevation is low (0-5,000 feet) and our packs are relatively light, helping keep this trip in the moderate to strenuous range.
Up to 13 mi
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
Up to 3200 ft
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 15-25 lb backpack for 8-10 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
- River and creek crossings
- Potential for harsh, rainy/snowy and extremely windy weather conditions.
SOLITUDE LEVEL 5
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Patagonia hike a solitude 5. You can expect to see just a couple other groups of hikers for the duration of the trip. The horse-supported section (Days 2 through 5) have the most solitude, with Days 6 and 7 having a higher chance of seeing other groups.
For this trek you will fly into Balmaceda, Chile on the day the trip begins and shuttle to our lodging in Coyhaique. Flights should arrive before 5 PM. All flights into Balmaceda connect through Santiago, Chile. Most major airlines fly into Santiago from many major connecting cities in the United States. It is important to leave enough time to pass through customs in Santiago. We recommend scheduling flights with a layover of 4 hours in Santiago between flights before continuing on to Balmaceda.
Transportation from the airport to our first night’s accommodation is not included, but easily obtained upon arrival. The airport has multiple shuttles readily available that can take you directly to Coyhaique (1 hour) and our hotel.
Your flight on the final day should depart no earlier than 4 PM. Our earliest arrival at the airport will be 1:00 PM on the final day of the trip. You may choose to be dropped off at either the Balmaceda airport or at your planned lodging in Coyhaique.
Please Note: When you enter Chile, you will be issued a document called a PDI (tourism card). Please do NOT throw this away. You will need it to exit the country and nearly every lodge we stay in also asks for a copy.
We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.
In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, or be refunded your payments in full. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
- 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
- 11-12 People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person and single supplements apply
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