Polly and her husband spent part of their honeymoon in Patagonia in November 2013, where they joined a 9 day Full Circuit Trek based from an eco camp in Torres del Paine National Park. Here Polly tells us about her experiences…
What was the highlight of your trip to Patagonia?
Trekking the back section of the Torres del Paine Full Circuit trip, where we camped next to icebergs and saw no one other than our group, guides and porters for 3 days. It was such a beautiful place, and was such a shock when we hit the main W trek to find there were other people there!
Do you have any tips for other people who are planning a trip?
If you’re up for a walk make sure you choose the Full Circuit of the Torres del Paine rather than the W trek. If you have porters carrying the majority of your gear, like we did, then it’s not a difficult walk at all.
Be prepared for rain – but know that if it rains solidly for 3 days it’s not possible to stay dry, no matter how much you spent on your Gortex outer wear! And invest in a down jacket – it gets seriously cold at night!
How well did Swoop Patagonia do helping you plan your holiday, and finding the best trip or operator for you?
With the combination of Chloe and Luke really well! They were helpful, responsive and knowledgeable.
How did you find the operator on the ground?
Excellent – I’m always paranoid about transfers and missing connections but really didn’t have to worry as they had everything organised!
Was there anything that you wish had happened differently/or not happened at all?
The food at the refugio’s was terrible – I mean really terrible (and I eat anything!). And tiny, we’re talking 23 cornflakes for breakfast (yes, I did count them!) – so better food would have been nice…and a little less rain!