Torres del Paine Full Circuit Hike – A Glowing Review

In December 2012 Sue travelled to Patagonia in December 2012, to do the Torres del Paine Full Circuit with a twist, hiking and mountain biking around some of the most beautiful and wildlife-filled spots in the park including Laguna Azul (where it’s possible to see pumas if you’re lucky), and across the northern part of the part, to Lago Paine and Dickson. They also spent three days kayaking past hanging glaciers and wilderness camping in the southern part of the park along the Rio Serrano. We found out how it went!

  • What was the highlight of your trip to Patagonia?

It was all one BIG highlight! The scenery, the mix of activities activities, every day was a unique and unforgettable experience. It really was all we could have hoped for, and more. We LOVED every detail – it really was the perfect experience for us both in terms of the activities and the timings. The kayaking was also fantastic. The flights also worked out very smoothly and without any problems.

  • Do you have any tips for people doing the same trip you did?

Make sure you do a bit of training and are ready for 10 days of between 4 and 10 hours of activity each day.

  • How was your guide?

Our guide, Nico was BRILLIANT and added to the whole experience because of his local knowledge and ‘nothing was too much trouble attitude’.

  • How well did Swoop Patagonia do helping you plan your holiday, and finding the best trip or operator for you?

Swoop were brilliant; different from the other companies that I contacted in that the responses were PERSONAL to the email that I sent rather than generic responses which was what I got from the other companies. Dittmar Adventures were excellent – and I have recommended them, and you, to everybody!’

  • Was there anything that you wish had happened differently/or not happened at all?


Luke Errington

Founder and MD

Luke fell in love with Patagonia when he first trekked through the Andes some 15 years ago. In 2009 he founded Swoop Patagonia and since then has trekked, ridden and paddled thousands of miles throughout the region.

Back at home in Bristol he's a dad of three, and a keen trail runner and adventure racer.

On his last visit Luke climbed to within 500m of the summit of Aconcagua and ran a 3 day ultra-marathon around the volcanoes of northern Patagonia.