Reveal Northern Patagonia on this 8-Day Wilderness Adventure
Reveal Northern Patagonia on this 8-Day Wilderness Adventure
Get off the grid on this week-long exploration through some of Patagonia's most seldom visited areas.
from $7,875 pp 8 Days/7 Nights $984/Day
REVEAL NORTHERN PATAGONIA ON THIS 8-DAY WILDERNESS ADVENTURE
SANTIAGO | CHACABUCO | JEINIMENI NATIONAL RESERVE | PARQUE PATAGONIA
Patagonia is a region on everyone’s mind, but the parks to the south are teeming with tourists. Go off the grid on this 8-day exploration of Chile’s Northern Patagonian region of Aysén, where hardly a soul steps foot.
You’ll dive headfirst into rarely visited areas while staying in ultra plush glamping tents and an iconic conservation lodge along the way. On a trip this remote, the to and from is part of the adventure! You’ll get to see a giant swath of Patagonian wilderness on your way to Outpost Patagonia as you drive along the Carretera Autstral, ferry across Lago General Carrera, and continue by dirt road to your tented camp on the shores of the Jeinimeni River. Next, you’ll travel to the Lodge at Valle Chacabuco, part of Doug and Kristen Tompkin’s Parque Patagonia conservation efforts nestled at the base of another remote wilderness area to the south. And on your way back home, take a journey punctuated with a stop at the Marble Caves that are seldom seen by tourists but helping to solidify this part of Patagonia on the map.
While this area of Patagonia remains relatively uncharted, we don’t think it will be that way forever. Get there before the rest of the world discovers this mesmerizing and wild place!
This trip starts from $7,875 per person, based on two people traveling. Going with a group? For six prices drop to $5,795. Contact us for exact pricing based on your dates and travel partners.
JOURNEY TO OUTPOST PATAGONIA BY WAY OF LAGO GENERAL CARRERA
LUCIANO K HOTEL + OUTPOST PATAGONIA
Upon arrival in Chile, you’ll overnight at the Luciano K Hotel in Santiago and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to embark on your Northern Patagonian adventure! This small boutique hotel inspired by 1920’s glam is located in the Lastarria neighborhood, perfect for grabbing a late bite (depending on when your flight arrives).
Head back to the airport the next morning for your two hour flight to Balmaceda. This first full day will be an astounding journey through some of Chile’s most iconic, and remote, landscapes. From Balmaceda, you’ll drive along a section of famous road called the Carretera Austral until you arrive at the shores of Chile’s largest lake, Lago General Carrera. The brilliant blue water will captivate you as you board a ferry for a 2.5-hour crossing to the town of Chile Chico. From there, continue south on dirt roads for another hour through Patagonian pampa until you arrive at your home for the next three nights—Outpost Patagonia. You will be greeted with warm drinks and dinner to celebrate your arrival and the start of a grand adventure ahead.
EXPLORE JEINIMENI NATIONAL PARK AND STAY IN BRAND NEW GLAMPING TENTS
Five semipermanent tents along with shared cooking, dining, and bathroom domes located on the shores of the Jeinimeni River make up this newly opened retreat known simply as Outpost Patagonia. Over the next few days you’ll get to explore the surrounding Jeinimeni National Reserve, whose scenic landscapes include the area’s four ecosystems: deciduous forests, evergreen forests, steppe, and high peaks. As you might imagine, nature is your playground while at Outpost Patagonia and you’ll have plenty of time to explore over the next few days. Some options include fly fishing the Jeinimeni River or Lake (both full of tenacious trout that rarely see flies), horseback riding with a local gaucho, hiking through Moon Valley, and of course just catching up on your reading list in your deluxe glamping tent and soaking it all in. Delicious meals and plush bedding and accents in the tents top off this glamping experience so that even if the elements aren’t cooperating, you will feel right at home in such a wild landscape.
LEARN ABOUT PATAGONIA’S CONSERVATION, HIKE, AND RAFT
THE LODGE AT VALLE CHACABUCO
Before long, it’s time to move to your destination for the next three nights—the Lodge at Valle Chacabuco. Located within Parque Patagonia, this is the site of some extremely important conservation work spearheaded by the Tompkins Conservation (created by the founder of the North Face, Doug Tompkins, and his wife Kristine) and Chile’s National Forest Service. Efforts are currently underway to connect the 200,000 acres in the Chacabuco Valley with the Jeinimeni Reserve to the north and the Tamango Reserve to the south, coming together to form a 640,000-acre Patagonia National Park. When you aren’t learning about the fascinating conservation projects like this one, spend time trekking through evergreen forest and vast wetlands and rafting along the Río Baker—one of Chile’s largest rivers and also one of the only ones left undammed. After your daily micro-adventures return to your warm room at the lodge each night. Natural elements including stone and leather make the decor an inviting retreat, and a shared lounge area with circular fireplace encourages guests to pull up a seat and share stories with fellow travelers and friends with a glass of local wine in hand.
SIGHTSEE THE GORGEOUS MARBLE CAVES AND TRAVEL HOME
PAMPA DEL CORRAL
Your journey home by way of Coyhaique holds a special surprise—a stop at the incredible Capilla de Mármol (known as Marble Caves). This unique natural feature is located off the shores of Lago General Carrera, and you’ll be able to get up close to photograph the caves by boat tour. That evening, stay at a recently opened bed and breakfast called Pampa del Corral. This comfortable spot will be a great final overnight (complete with home cooked dinner) before your flight back home the next day.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
Stay in Santiago’s bustling Lastarria neighborhood upon your arrival in Chile
Journey by road and ferry to newly opened Outpost Patagonia
Explore the Jeinimeni National Reserve for three days at your leisure
Hike, horseback ride, and fly fish remote Northern Patagonia
Stay in Parque Patagonia at the Lodge at Valle Chacabuco
Raft the Río Baker, one of Chile’s largest rivers
See the breathtaking Marble Caves on Lago General Carrera
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