Jenny and John returned in January from a Full Circuit Trek in Torres del Paine. Here they tell us about their experiences…
‘We had a superb time. The other people in our group were lovely and proved to be great company and our guide, Fransisco, was brilliant.’
What was the highlight of your trip?
Seeing the Grey Glacier for the first time as we went over the John Garner Pass and completing the Torres del Paine. Also the wild flower meadows between Torres and Seron.
Did you manage to visit anywhere else in Chile or Argentina on your trip?
We spent 12 days in Pucon and enjoyed climbing Volcan Vilarrica and Sullipulli, rafting, hydro-speed, thermal springs etc. We have now picked up a couple of Honda Falcon 400 motorbikes for three weeks & plan to ride down the Caraterra Austral through the seven lakes of Argentina.
We spent New Year in Valparaiso to see the fireworks which were fantastic and spent a few days in Santiago going to good steak restaurants and shopping. After the bikes we plan to go to La Serena to star gaze and chill out on the beach.
How well did Swoop Patagonia do helping you plan your holiday, and finding the best trip or operator for you?
Luke and Chloe were both helpful in answering our many questions.
We endured terrible weather during the TDP and it would have been helpful to add mountaineering boots instead of walking boots on the kit list along with lightweight trainers for muddy camps in the evenings.
Nonetheless, whilst the weather was poor, it actually added to the challenge and made the circuit more memorable.
How was the operator we put you in contact with for your Full Circuit Trek, and how were their guides on the trip?
Gonzalo was on hand to answer all my emails! We didn’t get to meet him unfortunately, however Francisco our guide was absolutely exceptional, working tirelessly as the group of 5 had two distinct paces and was like a yo-yo between the two groups ensuring our safety was paramount. He had a good knowledge of the park and landscape, mountings etc. he was so kind and thoughtful and just basically made the trip. He was exceptional.
Was there anything that you wish had happened differently/or not happened at all?
Do you have any tips for other people who are planning a trip?
Even if the weather is lousy it is still well worth the challenge!
Thank you very much – we really are very proud of our achievement and grateful to Swoop for organising the trip.