Patagonia trekking holiday, Patagonia Eco-camp
Description of Patagonia trekking holiday, Patagonia Eco-camp
This trekking holiday provides a broad sweep of Patagonia's natural wonders, staying at a mix of eco-camps and wilderness lodges. The focus on the southern Patagonian Andes of Chile and Argentina takes in three of the South America's finest natural wonders: The Los Glaciares (Fitzroy) National Park, the Torres Del Paine National Park, and the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Guests can easily vary the form their Patagonian adventure takes, with rafting and biking options available as well as trekking. Some of the specific options include getting up close to the north wall of Fitzroy (3441 metres) and camping in the spectacular Galciares National Park, or trekking to the remote Paso del Viento (Windy Pass) for a view across the stunning South Patagonia ice field.
The must-do of any visit to Argentine Patagonia is the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier. Six kilometres wide and sixty metres high, this vast blue tongue of ice is also a birthplace for icebergs calving into the adjacent ocean with an ear-splitting roar.
Crossing into Chile, the Torres del Paine National Park mixes iconic wildlife - condors, rheas and guanacos – with mountains that are more like soaring natural sculptures: the Cuernos (Horns) and Torres (Towers).
The massif here is part of a vast glacial hydrological system linking an array of opaque, silica-rich dazzling blue-hued lakes. You can choose to trek the classic 7 day Paine W or the 9 day Paine Circuit of the whole massif. With both, you get up close to the vertical Torres, into the spectacular French Valley, and to the spectacular iceberg-filled Grey Lake.
PlanetOn our Patagonia trekking holiday we cook with gas and use recyclable glass as opposed to plastic wherever possible. All non-organic waste is carried out and organic waste is buried at a suitable depth. We keep our group sizes to a maximum of 12 people to minimize impact on the environment.
We use public transport where possible to cut down on carbon emissions. All our guides operate a leave no trace policy throughout all parts of the trip. Water is sourced from local streams, fed by glacial melt, meaning there is no need to use plastic water bottles that would otherwise be imported and put into landfill.
We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.
PeopleOn our Patagonia trekking holiday we employ local guides who have an intimate knowledge of the areas we trek through. It is our policy to carefully dispose of all waste. Food is purchased locally and we aim to use food products with minimum packaging, and encourage cooking with local products.
When out on tour we encourage learning about the country we are travelling in, the local culture of the teams we work with and the areas we pass through. Our guides hold informal talks with groups to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life. This helps understanding of the area and appreciation of the people who live there.