Patagonia hiking vacation

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Responsible tourism: Patagonia hiking vacation

Environment

On this particular tour, travelers will enjoy the variety of highlights that Patagonia has to offer; Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier, Grey Glacier and Torres del Paine. We make every effort to maintain sustainable travel practices no matter which attraction is being visited. We operate under Leave no Trace principles, which includes minimizing environmental impact in all places visited. We travel a significant amount on foot when exploring natural areas which helps to protect fragile landscapes - all travelers are instructed to stick to paths and avoid disturbing any wildlife they encounter on the way.

The lodging chosen for this vacation is selected based on particular establishments’ commitment to environmental conservation. The El Galpon Glacier in El Calafate is on an old and traditional Patagonia homestead. The farm owns 3.5 Kms of Lake Argentina and part of the shore near the Centinela River and works to protect both areas. The lodging chosen in Torres del Paine National Parks works to minimize its footprint with footpaths and domes built on stilts. They also use solar energy for electricity. One of the properties specifically specializes in Patagonian fare as well as international dishes, and serves all organic foods. In fact, most of the food served at the Hotel Las Torres is produced here. Greenhouses, an organic garden, and nearby farmland provide fresh and healthy ingredients for each meal.

Community

We have designed our vacations to utilize existing infrastructure whenever possible in order to support the people of the regions in which we operate. Locally owned transportation companies typically provide all the transfers provided in our itineraries. However, we do occasionally use public transport when it is logistically sound or adds to the sense of adventure! Employing these local services generates funds that are poured directly into local communities.

We give you the chance to support local businesses and organisations along the way - for example at the shops and local museum in El Calafate, through the activities in Torres del Paine such as sailing or horse back riding

To continually support the communities and sustain the environments in our trip destinations, we initiated a grant program. Through our financial assistance, several different initiatives have been made possible. A few of these projects include reforestation and home restoration in the Andes, sponsoring a Christmas fiesta at an orphanage in Costa Rica, giving a Guatemalan school needed building materials, supplying plumbing and irrigation at a historic hacienda in Bolivia with a proper well system, and providing first-aid and hospitality training for one of our Amazon lodges in Ecuador. By traveling as with us, you help support these initiatives directly!

Reviews of Patagonia hiking vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So many moments but walking on the Perito Moreno Glacier was amazing!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you exchange money/get cash when in the larger cities such as Buenos Aires. Alot of places such as restaurants did not accept credit cards and
using ATM/CC with chips in the ATM machine was not always possible.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we supported the local economy and provided funds that support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding! One of my best/favorite adventure vacations!

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The trek to Fitzroy and Torres Del Paine.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't expect to be in a group. Restaurants are expensive although there is an ATM now in El Chalten it can run out if money, so take cash. More and more of the restaurants are taking credit cards, big sure about the Chilean side in Torres Del Paine.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Helped local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We expected a group vacation however it was great to have our own guides. Some of the transfers were a bit chaotic ( El Chalten back to Calafare, and to
and from Torres de Paine where we had to link up with a pick up - but they seemed to work. The hotel in T Del P had a wonderful view but was full of
very large tour groups which were like locusts with the dinner buffet which was far too expensive for mediocre food.

We also had an issue with an iPad that we left at El Chalten and had arranged for it to be delivered back to Calafate the next day, but we were surprised to be contacted by Jose from Kallpa tours to say he had arranged the delivery for 2 days later and we were to be charged. We would have much rather given the money to the helpful receptionist at Cafalete as a tip.

Read the operator's response here:

I want to let you know that we are so grateful for your feedback. I'm glad to hear that you had an enjoyable trip.

I was sorry to hear about the surprise delivery fee for your forgotten iPad. I've addressed this with our local office.

We are grateful you used us for this trip and we hope you think of us for your future travels. Thanks again!

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