14 DAYS | Eco-Sustainability
Fundraising Minimum: $2,800
Immerse yourself in northern Chilean Patagonia—still off-the-beaten-path compared to the more famous south—with uniquely stunning natural beauty. Traverse partway down the Carretera Austral (Route 7) southern highway—one of the world’s most beautiful drives and “ultimate road trips”—with side excursions to geological caves, rushing rivers, glacial lakes, and organic farms.
Trek and camp through the newly established 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.
This trip starts in Chile’s capital city of Santiago with a short flight to Balmaceda, where we’ll travel via camper van and submerge into luscious nature deemed some of the most magnificent in the world.
Along the road trip, we’ll connect deeply with members of Chilean communities in 4 towns within the Aysén region, establishing roots for long-term collaboration for environmental and economic sustainability projects that will interconnect and empower the area through mutually beneficial shared resources. Further, we’ll dive into permacultural gardening and living practices through tour programs and alternative campstays beside peaceful lakes.
Starting with the lovely town of Villa Cerro Castillo, we’ll engage with locals and leaders to build locally shared infrastructure for recycling waste management, education, transportation, and disposal, as well as public involvement to help conserve the region for future generations to enjoy.
Airfare from Santiago to Balmaceda (start of trek), with corresponding airport transport
Donation toward environmental & economic sustainability community projects
Delicious local meals
Hostel & camping accommodations
English- & Spanish-speaking guide
Transport in a large van, plus carbon offset
Entrance fees to national parks & reserves
Airfare/arrival to Santiago, including airport transport
Airfare/departure from Coyhaique (Balmaceda), including airport transport
Hiking: medium level; up to 5-12 miles per day
Backpacking: light level; 3 days with a 10-25 lb pack
Van riding: up to 3-6 hours per day on smooth asphalt/gravel roads, with stops for breaks
Rafting: beginner level (no experience required)
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Patagonia × Villa Cerro Castillo
This inaugural trip starts up our environmental project for the Aysén region with the building and educational integration of a “Green Point” waste management center at Liceo Rural school in Villa Cerro Castillo with the students and local environmental committee!
Coupled with a fabulous road trip (of which we’ll offset the carbon!) to facilitate incredible day & multi-day hikes, rafting & boat tours, comfortable camping, and delicious farm stays, this very special tour kick-starts a long-term relationship with our favorite part of Patagonia.
Day 1: Arrive in Santiago; welcome dinner & orientation (Providencia)
Day 2: Fly to Balmaceda; transport to Villa Cerro Castillo
Day 3: Volunteer in Villa Cerro Castillo
Day 4: Tour marble caves at Puerto Río Tranquilo; camp at Puerto Guadal
Day 5: Day hike at Puerto Guadal; tour permaculture farm
Day 6: Picnic at Confluencia Rio Baker; camp at Reserva Nacional Tamango
Day 7: Trek to Parque Nacional Patagonia
Day 8: Trek through Lagunas Altas
Day 9: Tour visitor centre & on-site farm
Day 10: Day hike at Lago Chico; transport to Cochrane
Day 11: Day hike at Glaciar Calluqueo
Day 12: Raft at Puerto Bertrand; transport to Villa Cerro Castillo
Day 13: Day hike at Cerro Castillo; transport to Coyhaique; farewell dinner
Day 14: Depart Coyhaique
October 2019 - Raise or donate the initial deposit of $300.
December 2019 - Raise or donate the minimum contribution of $2,800.
*Please note that each missed deadline requires an additional $100 contribution.