Brent and Megan returned in February from a 5 night stay at an eco friendly camp on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, where they had a choice of excursions into the park each day. Here they tell us about their experiences on the trip and in booking with Swoop and our partners…
‘Megan and I had an exceptional time in Patagonia.’
How was your experience of booking with Swoop?
We appreciated the advice and insight that Luke was able to give for the hikes and for the possible tours. I would and have already recommended Swoop to other people.
How the excursions and guides in Torres del Paine?
Our guides were excellent; very knowledgeable enthusiastic about their work. Unfortunately, two days before we left for Chile my wife fell and hurt her ankle so we had to stick to the low intensity excursions but still did one 22 km hike and made it within the allotted time. We were not able to try any of the longer or more intense hikes but still enjoyed the ones that we were able to participate in.
How was the weather in Torres del Paine?
The weather was good- we had two days of clouds and two days of sun.
What did you think of the eco friendly camp?
The camp facilities were excellent. It was very nice to have a good bed to go back to after being out all day. The food was excellent, and the staff were exceptional. We would definitely recommend other people to stay there.
Did you visit anywhere else on your trip?
We spent one day in Valparaiso, and then we drove from Santiago to Mendoza in Argentina and toured wineries and ate at some amazing restaurants. Hindsight being 20/20 If I knew how utterly screwed up the border crossings would be, I would have flown. It was a beautiful drive but the border control experience (and the additional permit fee and insurance) ruined the experience.
What were the highlights of your trip?
The last day we did one of the view point hikes and had great weather. Out of the blue we had a Huemul deer wander right up to us. On the other side of the hill that same morning we observed 22 condors flying above the neighbouring foothill. It was pretty amazing.