Walk Patagonia

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Steven
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great introduction to the epic landscapes of Patagonia. This is a vast country, so our trip could only fit in the best highlights; however we managed to pack a lot into a few days.

The Petito Merano glacier is a 'must see' - quite awe-inspiring in its scale. I also loved our walk in the Fitzroy NP. Fortunately the clouds cleared to reveal these towering peaks. Our guides Zoe and Pablo were great guides who introduced us to the landscapes, wildlife, food and culture of this amazing country.

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Therese
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This trip is a super way to dabble your toes into some of the greatness and splendor in Argentina's renown Southern Patagonia area. You get to see and have a taste of many things, from lakes and flamingoes to glaciers and mountains, to desert landscapes and archeology -- all in a few short days!

Walk Patagonia does a superb organizational job, supplying lunches and snacks, making sure stops are well-planned and timed, and arranging lodging that is comfortable.

One of the great things about this type of trip, which I experienced before this precise itinerary was put together, was the combination -- a true palette of surprises that just leaves you drooling for more.

For anyone considering the trip: Take waterproof gear and footwear! And a mix of items for both warm and cold weather. You can always layer and nobody will care if you wear the same thing just about everyday!

My goal is to return to Chalten for 4 or 5 days and then have the luxury of time to wait for the best weather to do long day treks. And now I know what to expect and where I want to return based on this trips smorgasbord of experiences.

What would you improve about this program?
Certainly Walk Patagonia is never responsible for the sometimes fickle weather in the area -- on our mid-autumn trip we had AMAZING weather with heart-stopping views -- but then a rainstorm moved in for our one-night backpack leaving us unable to do the final trek up to Laguna de los Tres -- the highlight I had been just waiting for. I only wish the team could have eyed the forecasts and perhaps moved things around a bit since backpacking in the rain and cold wasn't so pleasant.

In addition, we arrived at camp soaking wet with no real warmth in the group dome tent to dry anything, although the staff did the best they could to keep us distracted, entertained and fill our tummies with warm food.

In addition, in the Walk Patagonia team's efforts to make sure we got to see it all, it sometimes felt rushed -- not leaving any time to just walk around the town, enjoy a hotel's amenities, or shop for a few souvenirs or gifts and enjoy the local culture more leisurely.
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Adria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a really good adventure overall with Walk Patagonia. The combination between a world's tourism attraction such as Perito Moreno together with a trek along the Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares NP is perfect for anyone going to South Patagonia for the first time. The nature experience is impressive all along the tour and the team was also very helpful and looked after us very well. They even prepared a cake on my birthday at the camp in front of the Fitz Roy :).
There is not many international places in this world I am sure I will travel back, but Patagonia is certainly one of them. And I will definitely visit Zoe, Pablo and the rest of the team at Walk Patagonia.

What would you improve about this program?
Due to the bad weather, we could not trek to the Laguna de los Tres. Patagonian weather has this (we were in early season) ... and of course this is also part of the beauty of the place. So, next time, I would like to have sun on that day :).
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Marissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm usually a solo traveler, but am so glad I joined Walk Patagonia for this tour. You'll see so much more of Patagonia this way, and the guides speak fluent Spanish to help at any restaurants or stores. They have also lived in the region for a long time so were able to recommend the best dishes to try.

Camping in the mountains was one of my favorite outdoor experiences I've ever had! I loved bonding with the group as we hiked miles around the beautiful area. The company went ahead and brought some of our gear up ahead of us and set up our tents so we could focus on relaxing after a long day.

What would you improve about this program?
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Remi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Pretty much a custom designed program
Very well coordinated till the smallest detail: drop off at the public bus, pick up etc..., including the Torres del Paine portion of the trip, which was self-guided.
Private room in every hostel. The refugios in Torres del Paine are surprisingly comfortable. Dinner way above average
The Walk Patagonia Team was very personable and attentive. Felt really pampered

What would you improve about this program?
Include the packed lunch into the price? It was quite a hassle to plan it daily. Expensive and a disaster for a vegetarian
Mario
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Everything was very well organized, from the excursion to Perito Moreno glacier to the three days trek around Fitz Roy. My guide, Pablo, was a great companion, it was a pleasure to trek with him. Staff in the office were friendly and helpful, the hotels I was booked in were very comfortable and, in the case of El Calafate and Punta Arenas, outstanding. All the transfers went smoothly. Definitely recommended.

What would you improve about this program?
The only problem I experienced was when I tried to check if my payment had reached you: two emails got no reply and had to call twice your offices to get a confirmation. That made me a bit nervous. People like to get quick replies when it's about transcontinental money transfers. Apart from that, communication was generally very easy.
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Mallory
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent 5 days with Zoe and her team visiting Patagonia for the first time. A quick overview of our itinerary -

Day 1: Land in El Calafate and get picked up at the airport. I got in a little late so I missed the Glaciarium but made it in time to see the sunset over Lago Argenino. Dinner was served in one of the caves where some of the first indigenous populations lived. It was a delicious warm stew with plenty of Malbec to go around.

Day 2: Wake up and drive a couple hours to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. We arrived on the bus with our guide and got to take a couple 'first look' pictures then proceeded to the boat which would take us to the glacier for ice trekking. We trekked for about 90 minutes with whiskey and chocolate waiting for us at the end! I have never used crampons before but the team was really helpful and everyone in our group was able to participate.

After the hike we ate lunch and went on a walk around the glacier for more photos. Overall one of my favorite days of the trip.

Days 3 - 5 Head to El Chalten! We caught a view of Mt Fitz Roy as we were approaching and had a nice dinner at the first microbrewery in town that night. When it came time to hike (we were doing a 2 day/ 1 night trail) it was a little rough since we were there in the off season (August) and the weather was bad. In the end we had to bail on our initial course early and head to camp due to rain/ lack of visibility. Zoe & team were great about making sure we were all kept warm and had any supplies we needed. Hot dinner was served that night and they even went out of their way to bake a cake for one of the participants birthdays.

The one draw back is that the tents are tiny and we were sharing them with another person -- the upside was that it was freezing when we were there so extra body warmth ended up being a good thing.

When we got back from the hike we had a steak dinner, wine and a chance to reflect on a crazy couple of days for our 10 person group. If you are looking for a more autonomous trip with daily flexibility this is probably not the right experience for you, however if this is your first time in Patagonia and you are looking for someone to show you the ropes and make sure you have everything you need I would highly recommend Walk Patagonia!

*I was invited as a guest on this trip and this post is a result my partnership. If you have any questions please feel free to message me directly and I'd be happy to help! Mallory@GoOverseas.com