I am going to Patagonia with the Mrs in January for a week and would like some advice....
I would like to do as muching trekking/ exploring as possible but the Mrs. is not too keen on it being too wild/ 'uncomfortable'
At the moment the plan is to
Fly to Calafate, next day go on a Glacier trek at Perito Merino, then drive to El Chalten, stay in nice-ish place, and spend two days trekking to Cerro Torre/ FitzRoy (based in decent digs)
Spend a day driving to Torres del Paine, then have two days trekking around there, maybe with a night in the huts!
Drive back to El Calafate.
Would be keen to know other peoples experiences down there, or anything that is great to do, as an alternative, or of course general advice. The Mrs does like horse riding...
I know it can get pretty wild down there, so what kit do we need? - only walking, so will take poles etc. But assume we need to take gear for Windy weather! No (planned) camping so think the Refuges will have all the equipment, and I understand gear can be hired in Chile.
Hope this is the correct forum...
Assuming this is not a troll - you will need longer than a week. Maybe three.
Not a troll...
Of course I would like 3 weeks down there, but have to spend a week near BA, so sadly only have 8 days inclusive of flights from BA to Calafate.
So trying to fit in Fitz Roy and Torres del Piane, the glaciers and anythign else?
As I said in my OP, It can't be too wild, just enougth to see the main sights.
Hopefuly I will get to go down there in the future sans-wife...:)
PS we're hiring a car if that helps...
Best bet is to just do Torres , do the W circuit and stay in the Refugio's.
I wouldn't bother with the Paine circuit - it will be really busy on the W, difficult to get a place in the refugo. Stick to Calafate / Fitzroy / Perito Moreno glacier. Plenty there for a week. You can do a days walk and back from El chaiten for Fitzroy and then another day for the other big pointy rock to keep the missus happy(without camping).
OK, looks like it it is a week near El Chalten etc, and Torres del Paine can wait for when I can camp....
We can also do some horseriding etc, and take things at a leasurely pace.
Thanks very much.
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