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Krystyna's Trip Date:
8th Feb - 16th Feb 2023
What was your most memorable moment?
Seeing the Gray Glacier from the top of surrounding mountains
Which of the following best describes your adventure?
On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely is it that you would recommend Swoop to a friend or colleague?
10 out of 10
On a scale of 0 to 10, how would you rate your trip: 9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit?
10 out of 10
Tell us about EcoCamp
It did live up to my expectations. What was surprising, was the food. We had really gourme meals with quite big selection to choose from. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. I stayed in the tend at the campground downhill from, where facilities were limited and the quality of them was way lower than at the EcoCamp.
Tell us about Torres del Paine
The national Park is very unique and beautiful, and apparently is getting more and more popular. The view of the Grey Glacier from surrounding mountains was breathtaking. The O Circut trek was great because for most of it part there were relatively few people. However, the W stretch was quite crowded. In some Refugios it was difficult to get into the common areas, like bar or kitchen. Our guides wanted us to start the hike to Torres Del Paine base very early in the morning and they were right! Later on there hundreds of hikers lining up on the trail to get to the view of Towers.
Tell us about the Trekking
I really enjoyed the company of two guides, Mauricio and Juanquin. The are professionals! They know a lot about Patagonia, flora, fauna, geology, history of Chile, you name it. They shared their knowledge with us and answered pretty much all questions, which I had. They were very well organized, friendly, patient with me and with great sense of humor. The trekking per se is not for novice hikers. Is physically demanding and one needs to be well prepared if wants to go there. Fortunately, long stretches (30 km/day) were followed by shorter ones.
On the last day of 9-day Trek, we had to be ready for breakfast at 7 am at EcoCamp. We were supposed to be picked up by a driver from the campground , where we stayed in tens. The mini-bus did not show up ... While we were waiting shivering, Juanquin tried to figure out what was happening but could not get in contact with the driver. Eventually, he run uphill to EcoCamp Headquarters to get somebody to pick us up. I really appreciate his efforts! The positive site of this story is that we made it to the breakfast and other hikers to the airport and that I captured a photo of horses roaming the campground and Torres lit by a beautiful sunrise
Do you have any tips or advice for other people planning a trip to Patagonia?
Be prepared for all kinds of Patagonian weather. Dress in layers. One of the biggest problems people had, were blisters, so make sure that you are prepared for that. On the Swoop website, there is an info that Chilean peso is not available outside Chile. If you travel from USA, you can order Chilean pesos at your bank and get them deliver to you home in 1-3 days.
How prepared and excited for Patagonia did you feel?
I felt prepared well and enjoyed trekking very much.
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