Wild Patagonia Explorer

Coyhaique, Chile
5.0 (5 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Description

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!

Read more …
From USD
$5300 Per Person
$300/$480 Single Supplement  

$300/$480 Single Supplement

This trip has hotel/lodge stays for 4 nights of the trip. The $300 single supplement applies to 2 of these nights (Days 1 and 9). The $480 single supplement includes 2 additional nights but has limited availability (Days 2 and 6). Both single supplements also include a private tent in each of the camping accommodations for 5 nights of the trip.

Trip Type: Portered Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-10 Guests
Trip Length: 10 Days
Distance: 46+MI / 74+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
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.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 13 mi

Backpack Weight:

15-25 lbs

Terrain:

Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 3200 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

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.
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

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.

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 65-60 days before the departure date.

Private Trips

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

Receive Emails about Wildland Trekking Promotions, Updates, and Discounts:

We’re here to help. If you have any questions, call 800-715-HIKE or contact us online.
PDF Trip Itinerary Packet Book online
Or fill out a Reservation Request
Learn About Our Private Trips
View Private Trips
Receive Emails about Wildland Trekking Promotions, Updates, and Discounts:

ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

On this Patagonia hiking tour, you will want to arrive at the domestic Balmaceda airport (BBA), the main airport for the remote and wild Aysén Region of Chile. (You will connect through Santiago to reach Balmaceda.) The airport has easy shuttle services to Coyhaique and our elegant accommodation on the outskirts of town, the Patagonia House. We will have dinner and an introductory briefing at 7pm. Please arrive to the airport by 5pm.  Given the dehydrating nature of flying and travelling, be sure to drink copious amounts of water while en route.

Day 2

  • Driving Duration: 6-7 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 1-2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal

Our expedition begins! We will meet at Patagonia House to pack our van and head south through the extremely scenic Aysén region.  We’ll drive roughly 2 hours to Puerto Ibanez, transitioning from the lush temperate rain forest into the arid Patagonian steppe. During the drive we will travel along the immense glacial-blue Lago General Carrera, South America’s second largest lake. Today’s road is variable depending on the season, and when it was last graded. Needless to say we will see some bumps but we will also see some gorgeous sights like Cerro Castillo, a famous mountain in the region. The final part of the drive is 1.5 hours along the shores of the lake to a family guesthouse and ranch, where we’ll spend the first night getting oriented.

This afternoon we’ll talk through systems for horsepacking and backcountry living: setting up camp, cooking, meal prep, and backcountry hygiene.  To shake off our travels, we’ll take a walk around the ranch’s beautiful landscapes; those who want to swim in the clear waters of Lago General Carrera are encouraged to do so! After a meal prepared for us at the ranch, we’ll gather to share our goals for the trip, pour over maps, and get to know each other better.

*Depending on availability and conditions we may have the chance to take a ferry across the lake as part of today’s journey.

Day 3

  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles (8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet (762 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2100 feet (640 m)

After a hefty breakfast at the ranch, we’ll pack up and head into the mountains. We meet the local families and their horses who will support our trek. After dividing and organizing food and gear for the horses to carry, we’ll set off on our adventure. We start by winding through a traditional Patagonian campo (grass plain with stunted trees) before heading higher into the mountains. The uphill makes us grateful for the horses! Our campsite is a spectacular perch overlooking the Jeinimeni Mountains, where we have the opportunity to spend time with an experienced gaucho tending sheep in the high mountains. In the evening, we’ll gather around a fire for conversation about Patagonian history and culture.

Day 4

  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles (12.9 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 feet (366 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2400 feet (732 m)

After breakfast, we’ll begin our day climbing higher on a dramatic plateau which, on a clear day, affords sweeping views down to Lago General Carrera and across to the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. We spend most of the day hiking in the alpine zone above the tree line. The surreal landscape is full of strange colored rock formations and hanging glaciers. After a trail lunch we’ll descend to a Gaucho camp that has been used for centuries in a beautiful, lush valley. The horses meet us here to deliver our supplies, and we set up a base camp for the next two nights. In the evening, we’ll gather around a campfire to learn more about the fascinating area we are hiking in and the amazing establishment of nearby Patagonia National Park.

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 5-10 miles (8-16.1 km) – optional
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 800-2000 feet (244-610 m)

Today is all about exploring the surrounding area on a day hike. Your guide will decide from two spectacular hiking options that will depend on the weather, and other outside factors, as to which is the best option. One option is to hike toward the toe of a nearby glacier; the other is to hike up to a high plateau for sweeping views into the park and beyond.  Once back at camp, we’ll share dinner and reflections on our own wilderness experiences & travels.

Day 6

  • Driving Duration: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 11 miles (17.7 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 100 feet (30 m)

Our final day of the horse supported trekking portion of this trip takes us through a beautiful southern beech forest and scenic glacial valleys as we make our way back toward the clear blue waters of Lago General Carrera. As we return to the land of Patagonian campos, we will meet our shuttle for a short transport back to the lakeside guesthouse and ranch where we spent the night before our trek. Here awaiting are well deserved hot showers and a celebratory dinner. Tonight’s culinary treat will be a traditional Patagonian barbeque dish, asado al palo. 

Day 7

  • Driving Duration: 3 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 1.5 mile (2.4 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 100 feet (30.4 m)

Today is our opportunity to recharge our batteries. We will enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the cabins while reveling in the accomplishment of our horse-supported hike.  Afterward we’ll head to the “Yellowstone of South America” or Patagonia National Park by car. On the way we’ll stop in the town of Puerto Guadal, known as the “Perla del Lago” for its beauty. While there we’ll visit a local market, town square and see a bit of regional culture. We’ll then head to the park with potential for a day hike at the confluence of the Baker and Nef Rivers which boasts one of the most scenic areas in the region. Tonight you’ll be camping at Casa Piedra, a handsome front country campsite within Valle Chacabuco, the central corridor of Patagonia National Park.

Day 8

  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles (14.4 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900 feet (274 m)

After breakfast we’ll set out on a breathtaking 10 mile loop hike, taking us into the colorful red mountains and glacially formed plateaus that make this valley so beautifully unique. Our hike starts in grasslands then follows a turquoise, glacial-fed river crashing down from the mountains above. Our hike leads us up on to the shoulders of the valley above the river, where panoramic views of the mountains explore around us. We rejoin the river 200 feet above it, where we cross a sheer box canyon on a thrilling suspension bridge. The second half of today’s loop hike follows the other side of the river, where we cross a glacial-fed tributary, and finish with a final suspension bridge and short hike back to our starting point. Today offers excellent opportunities to see Guanaco, Andean Condors and other Patagonian wildlife. This evening will see us front-country camping back at Casa Piedra.

 

Day 9

  • Drive Duration: 45 minutes to trailhead; 2 hours to Puerto Guadal
  • Hiking Mileage: 12 miles (20.9 km) or 7 miles (11.2 km)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2500 feet (762 m) or 400 feet (122 m)

Our final day in Patagonia National park presents us with two options: A challenging 12-mile Laguna Atlas loop, one of Patagonia’s 5 best trails. This trail presents panoramic views and hiking over varied terrain. The second option is a 7-mile hike through the grasslands of the Chacabuco Valley to a suspension bridge over a river canyon. Both hikes are dramatic and offer more opportunities to soak up the stunning scenery of the Aysén Region and to potentially spot Guanacos, Andean Condors, the gorgeous, red-headed Megellanic Woodpecker and more.

After our hike we’ll drive along the turquoise waters of the Baker River, and then near the eastern border of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field. The views along this route are truly breathtaking! Tonight we will enjoy a final lodge stay outside of Puerto Guadal, where we can refresh and get organized for our flights home the following day.

Day 10

  • Driving Duration: 6-7 hours

Today we will do the amazingly scenic road trip from day 1 back to the north! We wake early to head up the Carretera Austral, or “Southern Highway,” often called one of the world’s greatest road trips.

Regrettably, this day marks the end of our adventure, but we leave with our hearts and minds full of special memories of one of the world’s most miraculous and stunning conservation projects. The final logistical point is that we can either drop guests at the Balmaceda airport in time for a 4pm flight or take you to Coyhaique to your preferred lodging. What a phenomenal experience it’s been!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

Click on a date to register. You can also click here to request new dates or book through customer service.

Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

This trip is available and bookable online! Click on the date to register now or contact us online to book through our award-winning customer service team!

Going Fast

GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 2 and ending on the final day at either the airport or your planned lodging in Coyhaique
  • Lodging and camping accommodations
  • Meals beginning with dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on Day 10
  • Backcountry cooking equipment
  • Use of a backpacks, dry bag, sleeping pad, tent and trekking poles
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Balmaceda, Chile
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $30,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (required in Chile)
  • Arrival airport transportation (easy shuttles are available from the airport to our first night’s accommodations)
  • Sleeping bag (rated for 0-20° F)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Lightweight, durable backcountry mug, bowl and spoon/fork
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 5-10% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. Local currency is preferred, or USD is also appreciated.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This remote Patagonia hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides. We’ll have dinners at carefully selected, wonderful restaurants in Coyhaique and Parque Patagonia as well as meals prepared on the trail as a group.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail snacks* (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, & cookies) to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Non-gluten diets can be challenging in this region of Patagonia due to a lack of gluten free friendly products and restaurant meal options being available. Please inquire with us for more information.

*Common trail snack brands and items found easily in the US are not readily available in this destination. (i.e. protein bars, trail bars, beef jerky, etc…) We recommend guests that prefer these types of trail snacks to bring a few of their own choice items from home.

Gear We Provide

  • Backpack
  • Trekking poles
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Dry bag 30-40L (for packing gear on horses)
  • All group cooking gear
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency communication device carried by trained/certified Wildland guide

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Important required packing list item unique to this trip:

  • Sleeping Bag – rated to 20° Fahrenheit or cooler

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the Patagonia House hotel in Coyihaque, Chile at 7:00 PM on Day 1, where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting the first evening (your flight should arrive before 5PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Travel to Coyhaique, Chile

BOOKING FLIGHTS

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.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Guides

Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 15 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Trip Insurance

Field evacuation (minimum coverage of at least $30,000), repatriation, and medical trip insurance is required on all Chile trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Chilean vendors.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

Weather in Patagonia

Chile is a long, thin country extending North-South more than half the length of South America which gives it a tremendous diversity of climates. The Patagonia region of Chile, where we operate our trips, is at the far southern tip of South America, relatively far from the equator and close to the South Pole. It is a generally cool climate with potential for year round inclement weather including rain, snow, sleet, and very strong winds.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Patagonia region are:

Month Hi Low Precip
October 51° F 37° F 5 in
November 55° F 40° F 5.6 in
December 57° F 42° F 7.2 in
January 59° F 44° F 5.1 in
February 58° F 43° F 3.8 in
March 55° F 41° F 4.9 in
April 50° F 38° F 5.8 in

Accommodations

Accommodations

PATAGONIA HOUSE

1 NIGHT

This is Patagonia’s newest and most exciting boutique hotel in Coyhaique, the capital of Aysén, Chile’s remote region with stunning forests, rivers, lakes, glaciers and peaks. This hotel is perfectly situated for our jumping off point into Parque Patagonia, and offers us a relaxing, scenic home for the night.

Vientos del Sur

2 Nights

This family owned and operated guesthouse is a perfect introduction into the local culture of the remote Aysén region of Patagonia, and a highlight for many guests. Sitting very close to the massive Lago General Carrera we know you will enjoy the beautiful setting of this unique Patagonian accommodation.

TENT CAMPING

5 NIGHTS

For most of this trip our accommodations are tent camping in the backcountry. All of the campsites are in intensely scenic locations that put us right in the action to make the most of our Patagonia trek. Two are outfitted with rustic amenities such as bathrooms and solar-heated showers, but most are primitive.

Patagonia 47G lodge in Aysen region of Chile

Patagonia 47g

Patagonia 47G lodge in Aysen region of Chile
1 Night

Patagonia 47g is an ecological cottage featuring solar energy and thermal noise isolation. Patagonia 47g is very environmentally friendly and right on the shores of General Carrera Lake. Individual rooms have private bathrooms and direct terrace access.

*If reservations at this location aren’t available for specific trip dates, we will ensure that a comparable lodging is booked.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (5 reviews)
Cindy T
5.0

Amazing Aysen!

2 days ago

This trip was fantastic from start to finish. Felix and Juanco were amazing guides along with being terrific cooks. Their knowledge of the landscape and culture made the hiking even more meaningful. I had not expected such varied and fascinating landscapes which made the experience even more fulfilling. In addition to stunning campsites both cabin lodgings are great and the Patagonia House, including the restaurant is worth the trip on its own. Highly recommend!

Peggy M
5.0

Highlight of my outdoor adventures!

2 days ago

I chose this trip because I wanted to hike the land donated to Chile by Kris and Doug Tompkins (Conservation Patagonia) and see Patagonia National Park in its early years. From hiking gaucho trails, to crossing creeks, to hiking over varied terrains (Including bushwhacking) and seeing dinosaur bones, this trip was a highlight of my outdoor adventures! Our group was powered by able, knowledgeable guides who provided us with freshly prepared food in camp and cabanas and they provided deep knowledge of Chilean history, flora and fauna. They answered so many of my questions along the trail that at times I felt like the curious student always raising my hand. The lodging exceeded my expectations with comfortable beds, very scenic locations and hot tubs! For the first 4 hiking days, we saw no one except our gaucho horse porter and his steads. That kind of solitude is a rare occurrence today and something I welcomed. Unplugged, undistracted and immersed in the land of fire and ice. This trip has left me wanting more of the vast Chilean Patagonia landscape!

Noah K.
5.0

Incredible Trip!

2 years ago

Absolutely amazing experience! The vastness and variedness of the landscape is incredible. Wetlands, steppe, grasslands, subalpine and alpine hiking. One of the most unique treks that I have even been on. Also, there was amazing support from the Wildland team! Would travel again with them anytime!

See All Guest Reviews!

Go to our reviews page

Related Trips

You might also like...

Receive a PDF info packet via email which includes:
 
 
 
Receive Emails about Wildland Trekking Promotions, Updates, and Discounts:
 
Privacy Policy: Click Here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*