TREKKING IN PATAGONIA
Where the Wind dwells
Northern & Central Patagonia, Chile
From 5.950 USD
Patagonia is the land where the wind dwells. Huge masses of cold air rise from the Pacific and hit the Andes and the steppe. The climate and therefore, the flora & fauna, vary from one geographical zone to the other, making this an extensive region of a unique ecosystem, of great contrast and nature characterized by hostile weather. This diversity makes this program specially varied.
Our journey begins at the so called Lake District. This area North of Patagonia, with its rainy forests and countless volcanos, is a paradise for the lovers of outdoor activities and trekkings, but at the same time it is very interesting from a cultural point of view. We will explore not only the well known aspects, but also others less known.
We will continue hiking along rivers and crystal clear streams of the mountain area to the South of the Reloncaví Sound. We will see the few Alerce forests (Fitzroya cupressoides) that are left, with their millennial giants some of which are 4,000 years old. The descendants of the first pioneers arriving in this area still live here and in an absolutely autonomous way, and they are isolated from the outside world as they have been ever since they arrived. One of the highlights of this trip is the Valle de la Junta, which is the "South American Yosemite" due to its fantastic nature and its spectacular granite walls.
After this, we will go to the heart of Patagonia, to the wild region around Lake General Carrera. Here the approach to the great San Rafael Glacier and rafting in the waters of the roaring Baker River, are two of the numerous highlights of our tour. We will navigate the channels and fjords of the Pacific coast near the mythic bay town Caleta Tortel, where the glaciers of the great Southern Ice Field extend over the sea. A variety of experiences and encounters with the local population as well as the culture of the country, complete this itinerary.
The trekkings and other activities included do not require any specific training and physical condition or endurance above the average. Since the program has been designed for active and versatile nature lovers, there are no special technical skills needed.
Join the SPONDYLUS team on a new and incomparable trip from the land of the cold forests to the wild heart of Patagonia at the “South of the world” where the wind dwells.
- In the Lake District to the North of Patagonia, we will follow the tracks of the German immigrants from the XIX century.
- The rainy forests in the area of the Reloncaví Sound are full of giant trees and huge ferns.
- The Lake Todos los Santos is considered the most beautiful mountain lake in South America.
- Numerous hikes with the observation of the unique flora & fauna of the extraordinary ecosystems of Patagonia.
- On a boat trip across the deep turquoise waters of the Lake General Carrera we will marvel with the marble chapels of Puerto Tranquilo.
- We will visit the San Rafael Glacier, one of the great natural wonders of Chile.
- During rafting the Baker River we will increase our adrenaline levels.
- Visit of Caleta Tortel, a lumberjack town in the landscape of the fjords of “the end of the world”. We will complete our stay at this place navigating through the channels in the South between granite and ice.
Level of difficulty
We offer this trip on FIXED DATES, but also as PRIVATE TRIPS.
Fixed dates - Season 2021/2022
The participants can make reservations freely for fixed date trips. SPONDYLUS will define the starting /ending dates of each service.
Minimum number of participants: 5 persons
Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
If there are less than 5 participants in the group, there will be a small group extra charge.
The dates for private trips are requested by the participants. In general it is not possible to add external persons to the group. If required, the itinerary can be adapted to the group´s needs and priorities.
The price depends on the number of participants, and they are based on a double room/tent.
Single Room / Tent Supplement: * 760 USD
* The extra charge for single room & tent will be done at the moment of making a reservation for the single room. If there is no other person found for sharing a room at the moment of making the reservation of a double room, we will charge half of the extra charge.
Small Group Surcharge: If the size of the group is smaller than the minimum number of participants (5 people), a small group fee will be charged. All this depends on the final number of participants.
Breathable and waterproof windbreaker jacket (Goretex or similar), Medium weight fleece pullover (Polartec or similar), Trekking trousers, Breatheable and waterproof overtrousers, Thermal underware, Trekking socks
Head & Hands
Sun hat, Woolen hat or similar with ear protection, Trekking gloves (Goretex, Windstopper or similar)
Synthetic fiber (NO down) sleeping bag (comfort zone 0ºC) with waterproof compression bag
Trekking boots, Light trainers, Sandals or similar for eventual river crossing
Telescopic trekking poles
Waterproof hiking gaiters, Sun glasses with 100% UV protection, Wide mouth water bottle, Thermos, Sun block factor 30+, Lip sun protector factor 30+, Pocket knife, Watch with alarm, Personal first-aid kit, Expedition Duffel Bag, Head lamp with batteries & extra batteries, Back pack (50L+) with rain cover, Swimwear, Towel
To guarantee maximum security, all along the trekking we always take with us VHF radios, a first aid kit and medicine for emergencies.
Besides this, we strongly recommend every participant to hire a Foreign Health insurance and an Accident insurance for South America.
Climatic conditions and other factors of force majeure can cause changes in the trip program. Responsibility and decision making in this regard rests completely and only with the SPONDYLUS guide in charge. The security of our clients, our mountain