Patagonia trekking vacation Fitzroy and Paine
Challenging small group trip featuring 3 nights in a mountain refuge in Torres del Paine National Park and 8 days of trekking between 8 to 18kms.
Buenos Aires Torres del Paine National Park Lake Nordenskjold the French Valley the Grey Glacier El Chalten Fitzroy region Los Glaciares National Park Laguna de los Tres Lago San Martin Condor River Optional excursion to the Viedma Glacier
US $6079excluding flights
Argentina, Chile, Patagonia
Optional single supplement £656.
Description of Patagonia trekking vacation Fitzroy and Paine
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
1 Reviews of Patagonia trekking vacation Fitzroy and Paine
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 25 Nov 2018 by Louise Albertella
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!
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. When hiking, we stick to narrow marked trails to reduce our impact on the local environment and we camp in the designated ground regulated by the National Park authorities. At campgrounds (and throughout the trip) we employ a ‘leave no trace’ policy in regard to litter - everything taken into the park is taken out to preserve the local environment and we recycle wherever possible on the trip. Entrance fees are included for Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks which go towards supporting conservation efforts in the area.
Water is a really important when we are trekking and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. In Patagonia, the water in the springs along our trail is clean, fresh and safe to drink so this is what we tend to use.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We will spend 6 nights in hotels , 3 nights in Refugios (dormitories), 1 nights camping and 2 nights will be in an estancia (shared rooms). We visit some remote regions within Fitzroy and Torres del Paine and surrounding areas, where businesses are very much reliant on the income which tourism generates. We only use locally owned and run accommodation as a means of supporting local communities and employment levels. Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and your guide will be able to recommend authentic restaurants and cafes in the area where meals are not provided. Patagonia is known for its traditional ‘asados’ (BBQs) and outstanding wine so why not give them a try.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. We also employ local drivers and use local services wherever possible as this is better for the community. All of our leaders are heavily invested in protecting nature and will give clients a briefing on responsible tourism issues. This helps to maximise our benefits to the community and to reduce our environmental impact.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.