NOLS Semester in Patagonia

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Deemed one of the most challenging NOLS courses, the Semester in Patagonia has strong leadership outcomes on account of adapting to and operating in harsh weather.

Teamwork, communication, and problem solving are critical to the success of this expedition. Begin your semester in Coyhaique, Chile, for five days of wilderness first aid (WFA) training and expedition preparation before stepping into the backcountry for 75 days.

Once on this unique continuous expedition, your transition between sections includes swapping gear in the field with another Patagonia semester group on an opposite route. You'll hike and camp in Patagonia's valleys and mountains and sea kayak in breathtaking archipelagos, stopping to visit with locals along the way.

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Excellent experience if your want to learn technical outdoor skills and go to some wild, remote and incredibly beautiful places! I did a course with NOLS Amazon which included canoeing a tributary of the Amazon river, a hiking section in the mountains, and a cultural section.