Patagonia: Chile

Eco-Sustainability

Immerse yourself in northern Chilean Patagonia—still off-the-beaten-path compared to the more famous south—with uniquely stunning natural beauty. Traverse down the Carretera Austral (Route 7) highway—one of the world’s “ultimate road trips”—with side excursions to geological caves, rushing rivers, glacial lakes, and organic permaculture farms.

This trip starts in Chile’s capital city of Santiago with a short flight to Balmaceda in the Aysén region, where we’ll travel by van (of which we’ll offset the carbon through Patagonia Sur) to trek and camp through the new world-class Patagonia National Park (recently donated by the Tompkins Conservation to Chile’s CONAF), and relax alongside wild guanacos, huemels, birds of prey, and—if you’re lucky—the elusive puma.

The adventure is complete with tours by boat or raft, day hikes, permaculture lessons, volunteer work, and attending local fiestas, as we exemplify sustainable travel practices and personally engage with residents.

Along the road trip, we’ll connect with small communities—which are widely dispersed and isolated—collaborating in the investment of environmental and economic projects to interconnect and empower them with shared resources, bridging the gaps between them. Starting in Villa Cerro Castillo, with their environmental committee, we’ll implement educational programs on waste management and build centralized storage points for collecting, transporting and treating recyclable waste, in partnership with local expert organizations Kyklos and Fecunda Patagonia.

We believe that through sustainable travel and conscious tourism, we can protect and embolden one of the least touched and most astounding natural places in the world.

Includes:

  • Airfare from Santiago to Balmaceda (start of trek) + transport

  • Donation toward community projects

  • Van transport + carbon offset

  • 3 days of backpacking

  • Day hikes & boat/rafting excursions

  • Delicious local meals

  • Hostel/camping accommodations

  • English-speaking guide

  • Entrance fees to national parks

Not included:

  • Airfare to Santiago + transport

  • Departure from Coyhaique (transport + airfare from Balmaceda)

  • Travel insurance

Physical requirements:

  • Hiking: medium; 5-12 miles/day

  • Backpacking: light; 3 days with 10-25 lb pack

  • Rafting: beginner (no experience required)

HOW TO SIGN UP

Step 1: Click “Reserve My Spot” to complete the form.

Step 2: Make the deposit on your contribution page. You may choose to raise and/or contribute the fundraising minimum, and this page will serve as your fundraising tracker.


Future Trips

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Patagonia × Villa Cerro Castillo

March 7-20, 2020

14 days | $2,800 USD fundraising minimum

This inaugural trip kickstarts our environmental project for the Aysén region with the building, educational integration, and logistical transport of a “Green Point” recycled waste storage center at Liceo Rural School in Villa Cerro Castillo together with the students and local environmental committee.

* Only 7 spots available! *

Itinerary*

Mar 7: Arrive at Santiago; welcome dinner & orientation
Mar 8: Fly to Balmaceda; transport to Villa Cerro Castillo
Mar 9: Volunteer in Villa Cerro Castillo
Mar 10: Tour marble caves at Puerto Río Tranquilo; camp
Mar 11: Day hike at Puerto Guadal; tour permaculture farm; camp
Mar 12: Picnic at Confluencia Rio Baker; camp at Reserva Nacional Tamango
Mar 13: Trek to Parque Nacional Patagonia; camp
Mar 14: Trek Parque Nacional Patagonia; camp
Mar 15: Tour visitor centre & on-site farm; camp
Mar 16: Day hike at Lago Chico; transport to Cochrane
Mar 17: Day hike at Glaciar Calluqueo
Mar 18: Raft at Puerto Bertrand; transport to Villa Cerro Castillo
Mar 19: Day hike at Cerro Castillo; transport to Coyhaique; farewell dinner
Mar 20: Depart Coyhaique

DEADLINES**

  1. Dec 7, 2019 - Raise and/or donate the initial deposit of $500 USD.

  2. Feb 7, 2020 - Raise and/or donate the minimum contribution of $2,800 USD.

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Patagonia × Solar Eclipse

November 29-December 8, 2020

10 days | $2,200 USD fundraising minimum

This special, shortened version of our Chilean Patagonia program is curated to start after Thanksgiving Day and end before the Global Eclipse Patagonia Gathering in Argentina. The solar eclipse will pass over South America on December 14, 2020. These carefully selected dates allow enough time to travel and get situated at your preferred, self-arranged viewing location for this spectacular cosmic event.

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Itinerary*

Nov 29: Arrive at Coyhaique; welcome dinner & orientation
Nov 30: Transport to Villa Cerro Castillo; volunteer workday
Dec 1: Tour Marble Caves; transport to Cochrane; grocery shopping; set up camp
Dec 2: Trek to Parque Nacional Patagonia
Dec 3: Trek through Lagunas Altas; setup camp in Los West Winds
Dec 4: Transport to next campsite; day hike Lago Chico
Dec 5: Picnic at Confluencia Río Baker; transport to Puerto Guadal; learn permaculture
Dec 6: Transport to Villa Cerro Castillo; visit community
Dec 7: Day hike at Cerro Castillo; transport to Coyhaique; farewell dinner
Dec 8: Depart Coyhaique

DEADLINES**

  1. Aug 29, 2020 - Raise and/or donate the initial deposit of $400 USD.

  2. Oct 29, 2020 - Raise and/or donate the minimum contribution of $2,200 USD.


* In Patagonia, weather is wholly unpredictable and conditions change on a whim, which may require us to adjust the itinerary to assure our safety and happiness during the trip.

** Please note that each missed deadline requires an additional $100 USD contribution.