Patagonia!

“Where are you now?” “Do you miss home?” Argentina, No. Okay, now that is out of way, lets get down to business! I am in Patagonia! Not the store, the region in the Andes mountains between Chile and Argentina (currently on the Argentinean side). I spent last week doing the most famous trek in Patagonia known as the “W” (see photo below and you should be able to deduce why it is called that). We did the trek in 5 days and 4 nights and covered around 100 km (83ish miles) with everything we needed in our backpacks. Who is “we”? WE were composed of a New Zealander (who lives in Australia), Anton, an Australian, Kenrick, and a brit that lives in San Francisco, Jess. I met Anton on the Antarctica cruise, Kenrick over New Years, and Jess the day before we left for the trek at an information meeting. Meeting people and sharing stories might be one of my favorite parts about traveling; No, it IS my favorite part about traveling. Cheers for the laughs and great time!

See if you can outline the W which is the red dotted path!

See if you can outline the W which is the red dotted path!

So, the “W”. Minimum of 12km (10 miles) and 5 hours of hiking per day, and most days it was more like 18-20km (16-ish miles) I’m working on a post about the entire trek with times/distances, photos, and another video that I hope to have done in the next day or two before I head off to El Chalten to trek Mt. Fitzroy with 3 of the 4 usual suspects and Luisa, a danish girl we met while trekking the W. Anyways the first day of the W I was being an idiot (typical) and jumping on a suspension bridge and my patella tendon (I think) didn’t like that so I finished the rest of the trek with a creaking and swollen right knee. On the other hand the scenery was beautiful, the water was a brilliant blue and other than the area that caught fire some years ago, the plants were lush and deep green. You never had to carry more than 1/2 a liter of water due to the amount of streams that you just dipped your bottle into, no filter necessary.

This is another “must” for outdoor enthusiasts, you can hike and camp, or you can hike and stay in “Refugios” which is like a hostel in the forest. All of that will be detailed in the next post. Overall it was a tough, but thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would suggest it to anyone. You can do a “tour” for around $1,000.00 or you can do it yourself with all transport for about $250-$300 (depending on how many snickers and boxes of wine you buy at the refugios). Maybe factor in another 100$ for new shoes at the end of the trek, I think I may have to burn mine for the sake of making friends. On that note, off to the shoe store! Thanks for reading, much love and gratitude. 

Stay Wild 

-Joe