Charles just came back from a W Trek trip in Torres del Paine with Chile Nativo.
Here he talks to us about what the trek was like and the perks of staying in a refugio.
How well did Swoop Patagonia do helping you plan your holiday, and finding the best trip or operator for you?
I had a stellar time in Patagonia with your group. It was particularly freeing to not have to book each refugio nor worry about meal reservations, etc.
How was Chile Nativo, and how were their guides on the trip?
Going with the tour group was a great way to see the W circuit, well worth the extra expense. Carlos was an excellent guide, and it was a great adventure. I’d strongly recommend to anyone. It was especially nice not to have to haul tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, etc, but I still had a sense of being in the outdoors.
Was there anything that you wish had happened differently/or not happened at all?
One suggestion would be to survey those planning on going on a trip and attempt to group together those of similar skill levels and risk thresholds, etc. (if at all possible, perhaps during the highest season when there are many folks going on trips). I say this because there can be a bit of disconnect between some in a group who want to push a little harder and others who prefer more relaxed style…anyway somehow that consideration should be worked into the way folks are grouped together (but I realize the main driver is WHEN folks are departing, etc.)