Torres Del Paine, Chile
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Cascada Expediciones Torres Del Paine Reviews
Patagonia Nov 24, 2007
Traveling solo, I used Cascada Expediciones for the Torres del Paine portion of my Patagonia Trip. They offered guided tour options of the W-Trek in Torres del Paine. From my perspective they had several things going for them for the quick hit trek:
Helpful transportation from Punta Arenas
W-Trek options with refugio lodging
End of trip stay at EcoCamp which seemed an interesting premise
Meals included throughout (at refugios or EcoCamp)
They hit the mark on all these and more in my opinion. The guides for the trek were amazing and took us to several hidden viewpoints that I would not have found hiking on my own. The groups I got to know were small (we were 9 plus guides, two other groups in the camp while I was there had 11 and 6) which was a plus for me in looking for things to do. Not that a trek through the park would have supported a 50 person group but this was not what I was looking for.
The EcoCamp (located in the area around Hosteria Las Torres) was by far more than I could have hoped for. An amazing and comfortable place to stay, that is relatively low impact in its design. And the staff were incredibly attentive during our last two days there.
The EcoCamp experience is by no means cheap in comparison to tent camping on your own and carrying in all your food. But it is cheaper than staying at the larger hotel options (Hosterias) in the park.
While this review discusses Cascada Expediciones trips at Torres del Paine they operate throughout Chile and into Argentina and Bolivia as well. Check out the website mentioned in the header for other options. While I can not vouch for those trips, if they are run in a similar fashion you will see whatever area you are visiting in a new light.
Part of the Nov/Dec 2007 - Southern Patagonia (Chile and Argentina) travel blog
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