Patagonia trekking holiday, Fitzroy and Paine
Optional single supplement from £410 - £430.
Description of Patagonia trekking holiday, Fitzroy and Paine
This exciting small group adventure takes you into the realm of Patagonia against a backdrop of crystal clear lagoons and glacial landscapes as you explore in both Chile and Argentina as part of a challenging trekking holiday featuring Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park.
Although some of the distances and the gradients present a solid challenge for trekkers the rewards certainly outweigh any aches and pains with the chance to watch herds of grazing guanacos or gigantic condors wheeling overhead, certainly worth pausing to catch your breath.
The landscapes of Patagonia are simply the stars of the show with the Perito Moreno Glacier and the wilderness surrounding Lago San Martin, just a couple of memorable moments to savour along the trail.
Please note: if you’ve got plans to sign up to this Patagonia trekking holiday in 2018 please note that the two nights at the Estancia El Condor will be replaced with an additional night at El Calafate and one night within Torres del Paine National Park. For more details, please get in touch.
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1 Reviews of Patagonia trekking holiday, Fitzroy and Paine
Reviewed on 25 Nov 2018 by Louise Albertella
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
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 travellers booking this holiday?
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 holiday 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 holiday overall?
A totally amazing experience!
Few holidays 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.