Patagonia: Chile

Eco-Sustainability

Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of northern Chilean Patagonia—still off-the-beaten-path compared to the famous south. Travel down the Carretera Austral highway on one of the world’s “ultimate road trips” with side excursions to geological caves, mighty glaciers, turquoise lakes and rivers, and delicious organic farms, while embodying the principles of sustainable travel.

This trip starts in Chile’s capital city of Santiago, then takes off with a short flight to Balmaceda in the Aysén region of Patagonia. There we’ll start our road trip to trek through the new Patagonia National Park and camp alongside wild guanacos, huemels, birds of prey, and—if we’re lucky—the elusive puma.

The adventure is complete with tours by boat/raft, day hikes, permaculture lessons, and local fiestas, while personally engaging with residents.

Along the way, we’ll visit small communities to collaborate on sustainability projects that assure the simultaneous protection and enjoyment of one of Earth’s extraordinary landscapes. Our program implements waste management systems, logistics, and education, providing hands-on work together with residents and local expert organizations Kyklos and Fecunda Patagonia.

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

Includes:

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

  • Donation toward community projects

  • Van transport + carbon offset

  • Hostel/camping accommodations

  • 3-5 days of self-supported backpacking

  • Day hikes & boat/rafting excursions

  • Delicious local meals

  • English-speaking guide

  • Entrance fees to national parks

Not included:

  • Airfare to Santiago + transport

  • Departure from Coyhaique (transport + airfare from Balmaceda)

  • Travel insurance

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 in Villa Cerro Castillo with the building, education, and logistics of a “Green Point” recyclable waste bin at Liceo Rural School, together with the students and local committee.

Best of all, with an extended itinerary, we will embark on the region’s most epic hikes!

Itinerary*

Includes: 5 days of backpacking; 4 day hikes; 1 rafting trip; 1 boat tour; 2 glaciers; 1 permacultural farm.

Mar 7: Arrive at Santiago; welcome dinner & orientation
Mar 8: Fly to Balmaceda; transport to Villa Cerro Castillo; attend local fiesta
Mar 9: Volunteer in Villa Cerro Castillo
Mar 10: Tour marble caves at Puerto Río Tranquilo; camp at permaculture farm in Puerto Guadal
Mar 11: Day hike at Leones Glacier; camp
Mar 12: Picnic at Confluencia Río Baker; camp at Tamango National Reserve
Mar 13: Trek to Patagonia National Park; camp
Mar 14: Trek Patagonia National Park; camp
Mar 15: Tour visitor centre & on-site farm; camp
Mar 16: Day hike Lago Chico; transport to Cochrane
Mar 17: Day hike at Calluqueo Glacier
Mar 18: Raft at Puerto Bertrand; transport to Puerto Ibáñez
Mar 19: Day hike at Cerro Castillo National Park; 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 (USA) 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 afterward to travel to your preferred, self-arranged viewing location for this spectacular cosmic event.

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Itinerary*

Includes: 4 days of backpacking; 2 day hikes; 1 boat tour.

Nov 29: Arrive at Coyhaique; welcome dinner & orientation
Nov 30: Visit project at Villa Cerro Castillo
Dec 1: Volunteer at Puerto Río Tranquilo
Dec 2: Tour Marble Caves; transport to Tamango National Reserve; camp
Dec 3: Trek to Patagonia National Park; camp
Dec 4: Trek through Lagunas Altas; tour visitor centre & on-site farm; camp
Dec 5: Day hike Lago Chico; camp
Dec 6: Picnic at Confluencia Río Baker; transport to Puerto Ibáñez
Dec 7: Day hike at Cerro Castillo National Park; 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.