A Quick Turnaround: Patagonia

It’s dumping snow here in Denver. Luckily for me, I’m headed down south in 5 days. I only just returned from Spain and Morocco a week ago, and on Friday my girlfriend Kalyn and I will depart for an adventure in Patagonia. Currently, it’s the tail end of summer down there and daylight should stretch around 14 hours. Located on the southern tip of South America, Patagonia is a stones’ throw from Antarctica. Because of this geography, the landscape and the weather should be magnificent and ever-changing.

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As I make my last minute REI runs and packing list, I wanted to share my itinerary for the 15-day trip. We are flying internationally in and out of Santiago, Chile. We have a couple treks planned- Torres del Paine (Chile) and Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina). The adventure is as follows:

Day 1

  • Arrive in Santiago, Chile in the morning
  • Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile in the evening

Day 2

  • Bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales in morning
  • Stock up on food and supplies for “W” Trek in Torres del Paine
  • Sleep in hostel

Days 3-7 – “W” Trek in Torres del Paine

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See, it’s shaped like a “W” Source: stephandben.com

Day 8 – Into Argentina

  • Bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate, Argentina in the morning
  • Restock on food and fuel
  • Bus from El Calafate to El Chalten, Argentina in the evening
  • Sleep in hostel

Day 9 

  • Explore El Chalten in the morning
  • Hike into Los Glaciares National Park and setup camp
  • Hike around park
  • Camp at Campamiento Poincenot

Day 10

  • Hike around park
  • Camp at Campamiento Agostini

Day 11

  • Hike back to El Chalten in the morning
  • Bus to El Calafate around mid-day
  • Camp

Day 12

  • Bus to Perito Moreno Glacier in the morning
  • Explore glacier
  • Return to El Calafate and camp

Day 13

  • Bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales, Chile in the morning
  • Bus from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas in the afternoon
  • Fly back to Santiago in the middle of the night

Day 14

  • Arrive in Santiago early in the morning
  • Explore Santiago
  • Sleep in hostel

Day 15

  • Explore Santiago during the day
  • Fly back home at night

So that’s how it’s goin’ down. There will be some serious bus-riding in my future. I guess the upside to that is the beautiful landscape I’ll be looking at out of the window. Regardless, I’m just excited to see another part of the world. Getting out into the wild and camping under the stars is never a bad idea- I just can’t believe I’m about to do it at the end of the world.

Stay tuned for my “What’s in the Pack” article in a few days. Explore on!

 

 

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Another Upcoming Adventure in the Pipes: Patagonia

While I make my final preparations and bookings for my upcoming trip to Spain and Morocco, I am concurrently wrapping up details for my trekking adventure in Patagonia. After I return from Spain and Morocco, I have about 10 days of down time before I head right back out. On February 5th, I will be setting off on a bucket list adventure to Patagonia.

My trip to Patagonia will be 15 days in duration, and cover both Chilean and Argentinian parts of Patagonia. Accompanying me on this exploration will be my wonderful girlfriend Kalyn. Patagonia has been a trip we have been dreaming about for years, and now in just about two months it will be our reality.

One thing I’m particularly curious about for this trip is the landscape. I recently explored Iceland, which was way up north. The landscape in Iceland was so dramatic and ever-changing– the most unique place I’d ever seen. On the flip side, Patagonia should be just as dramatic, as it is way down south. Because it is situated on the southern tip of South America, Patagonia is the closest region in the world to Antarctica. With this geographic location, we should see a most epic landscape on our journey.

We have some specific adventures planned for Patagonia. For starters, we will be hiking and camping for 5 days in Torres del Paine on what is known as the “W” Trek. Torres del Paine is a national park in Chile, which is known for it’s huge jagged mountains, icy-blue lakes, and massive glaciers. Speaking of massive glaciers, we will be making our way to the Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate, Argentina. Additionally, we have treks planned near El Chalten, Argentina, to see two of the most famous mountains in the world: Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy.

Patagonia will be an amazing journey to the end of the world, and I cannot wait any longer! I know, that’s a lot of traveling on my plate in the next couple months. But that’s the way I want it. This is what I live for. I am the Modern Magellan after all.

Stay tuned for more trip updates on both of my upcoming adventures. In the mean time, let’s see if we can get some serious snow here in Colorado so I can go shred.

Explore on!

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Mount Fitz Roy (source: wikipedia)

 

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Trip update, Patagonia

The Modern Magellan has another adventure on the books.  On February 5th, I will be making my way down to Patagonia!  The trip is going to consist of trekking Torres del Paine, exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier, and hiking around the iconic Monte Fitz Roy.  I am flying in and out of Santiago, Chile.  From there, I will be flying to Punta Arenas and working my way through the beautiful and unique Patagonian landscape.  I would love any and all suggestions as to which treks I should plan and where I should consider setting up a memorable campsite.

Stay tuned for my Ring Road trip in Iceland!

-Dave

Photo Credit: Maria Stenzel, National Geographic