1 independent reviews for Patagonia trekking vacation Fitzroy and Paine

Reviews for Patagonia trekking vacation Fitzroy and Paine


review 25 Nov 2018

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

Every day was so different, but the first day trekking in Torres del Paine to the base of the towers was a great first day. You really do get 4 seasons in one day, we had sunshine and snow! Our tour guide Tomas really made the whole trip amazing, his passion for Patagonia and trekking, his knowledge and general banter (he really doesn't stop talking!) made the trip really memorable. We also had fantastic trekking guides for the 4 days in Torres del Paine.

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

The trip notes are reasonably accurate. Pack lots of layers and good waterproofs, the weather is very changeable. Hiking poles and gaiters were useful. Pack light for the 4 days in Chile (one set of clothes to walk in and one set for the huts at night). The huts are very good, you don't need a sleeping bag or torch, there are showers, but often the soap/shampoo had run out so pack your own. Take ear plugs! The lunches provided were substantial, but some extra muesli bars were useful. You can take a bottle of wine to the first hut as you are there for 2 nights, buy in the supermarket in El Calafate. Take some pesos and some USD, you can use either in most places and a lot of places also take credit cards. The walks aren't too challenging, there are a couple of long days and the weather impacts on the difficulty, but if you're used to walking with a pack and have done a bit of strength training prior (as per the training schedule) then it's fine.

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

Our guides were very conservation conscious, with advice to keep to the tracks, take all rubbish away with you, and not feeding any animals. They were very respectful of the national parks and nature.

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

A totally amazing experience!

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