Trekking Patagonia:

A Guide to Your Own Adventure

Are you planning your next trip to Patagonia? Patagonia is a hiker’s dream, full of impressive wilderness with trails to see mesmerizing landscapes worthy of screensavers everywhere. This outdoorsman’s utopia comes with many unknowns. My new book, Trekking Patagonia: A Guide to Your Own Adventure will provide you with imperative insider information from someone who just traveled throughout the region to effectively plan and execute your trip to one of the world’s greatest treasures. With a Pre-Trip Planning Guide, Sample Itineraries, and Trail Maps, this guide gives imperative detail and information to help you plan your own adventure. Complete guides of the region including Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park including El Chaltén and El Calafate, Ushuaia, and Tierra del Fuego are included. In this book, I share my research and experiences in order to provide you with the insight necessary to plan your own adventure.

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You too can be lucky enough to explore this special part of the world. The priceless expansive views, the big sky feeling, and incredible hiking trails made up for all of the confusion and frustration that came along with planning our trip. Through this guide, you will take a ride with me on our trip from the pre-trip planning to the day-to-day adventure.There are plenty of resources available that will complement this guide and give you additional information on lodging, restaurants, and tourist attractions. What is different about this guidebook is the insider information and direction that provides insight into how to trek the region.

In my detailed yet concise book, you can cross this natural wonder off of your backpacking bucket list! 

 

I've been in your shoes! Planning your Patagonia trip can be frustrating. Let me help you save time and anxiety with complete details of how to plan your own adventure!

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What's In The Book?

Pre-Trip Planning Guide

 

  • Trip Logistics

    • Duration, Destinations to Visit, Mode of Transportation, Time of Year to Visit, Weather

  • Complete Packing List

    • Gear, clothing, and everything you will need for Patagonia

 

 

 

Destination Guides

 

  • Travel Information to get you to each destination by bus and car

  • Review of lodging and dining options

  • Current Insider Tips you will only get from someone who was just there!

  • Cities include Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, El Chaltén, and Ushuaia

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Trekking Guides

 

  • Thorough guides for trekking Torres del Paine National Park, El Chaltén, and Tierra del Fuego National Park

  • Recommended Itineraries with detailed explanations of where to go and for how long

  • Trail Maps that include trekking mileage and expected duration

    • I made these maps myself to tell display all the necessary information you actually need in one convenient map. See my Torres del Paine Trail Map below.

  • Key local insight to help you navigate the path less traveled

 

Everything Else You Should Know Before Going to  Patagonia

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  • How to Book Campsites at Torres del Paine National Park

  • How to Best Spend Money in Patagonia

  • Renting a Car in Patagonia

  • Traveler's Insurance Overview

  • Crossing the Argentina-Chile border

Torres del paine national park

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Torres del Paine Trail Map

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Complete Guides to the Highlights of Patagonia

Torres del Paine national park

Without a doubt the crowning jewel of Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is an incredible opportunity for avid backpackers to see expansive glaciers, soaring mountains, and breathtaking rock formations. This park is not intended for the novice backpacker. Even sections of trail that cross few topographic lines manage to provide challenging hiking terrain. I call this “Patagonia Flat” hiking. Cold winds, rain, and everything in between force visitors into an incessant battle with nature. But those that can endure the elements are rewarded with profound beauty and wonder that makes it all worth doing.

Torres del Paine Guide Includes Recommended Hiking Itineraries for the "W" and "O" Circuits, Detailed Trail Map, How to Reserve Campsites/Refugios, and MORE!

After landing in Punta Arenas, the first stop on your Patagonia adventure will be Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. 99% of travelers in this small town are either arriving from or departing to the park. Since there are no direct bus routes from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales is a necessary stop on your way to the park. Filled with hostels, restaurants, and shops, Puerto Natales is well equipped to prepare you for Torres del Paine.

Puerto natales

El Calafate & 

perito moreno glacier

After you’ve finished exploring the wonder of Torres del Paine National Park, head to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. With the expansive Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate will be a bit of a break from the ruggedness of Torres del Paine and offers you a chance to have a nice dinner and do some shopping. 

El Chaltén is pure paradise for the backpacking and trekking junky. With a large network of trails, El Chaltén provides access to the northern section of Los Glaciares National Park including the iconic Monte Fitz Roy and mesmerizing Cerro Torre. The city of El Chaltén is a small town at the base of the valley and has a true backpacker vibe. Everyone visiting El Chaltén has a pack on and is there for some amazing hiking. An abundance of restaurants and lodging options offer a fantastic complement to the wide breadth of trekking activities available. 

El Chaltén

Ushuaia and 

tierra del fuego national park

Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park is as far south as south goes, not counting Antarctica. This region of Patagonia offers a new type of terrain and glaciers to explore, as well as a variety of boat tours for travelers wishing to get a glimpse of some penguins. During our time in Ushuaia, we focused on hiking and found some unbelievable sites etched with turquoise waters, expansive valleys, and towering mountains that will satisfy the explorer in you. Many travelers who come to Ushuaia use it primarily as a launch pad for trips to Antarctica and miss out on the beauty that Tierra del Fuego National Park has to offer. Although the terrain does not offer the same jaw-dropping rock formations found in Torres del Paine and El Chaltén, you will find a different sort of beauty in the forests and lakes surrounded by a mountain range capped in snow. 

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