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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
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Reisroute 8,4
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    hiking in the thin country

    A great itinerary that covers large distances. Be prepared for long days of travel – both by road and air

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking within the Torres del Paine National Park and getting to see the Towers

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miriam was the best group/trek leader I have ever had. With all the travel delays and personal hiccups some travelers experienced (unrelated to Exodus) she remained good humored, competent, highly efficient and resourceful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long days, lots of early starts and travel delays - pack a good book and your favorite music to help pass the time. Be aware that Chile is expensive. In particular the meals at the Refuges in Patagonia will need supplementing with your own snacks/energy bars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The weather in Patagonia is highly changeable so be prepared for walking in all conditions. When you make it to the Towers take the time to sit and appreciate what you have accomplished, &amp; for the weather to change....15 minutes made the difference between them being hidden by cloud to them being revealed. Depending on the fitness of the group, the estimated walking hours in the trip notes can be optimistic

  • 10

    Hiking in a Thin Country

    a really great way to spend 2 weeks. amazing scenery, interesting and knowledgeable group and expectations exceeded.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    seeing the towers of Torres del Paine in their beautiful glory under a blue sky after a decent stretch of the legs. it really was magnificent. i had seen so many pictures of these massive rocks but to be there in person was totally magic. the whole southern area of Chile (and Argentina) is really somewhere the outdoor enthusiast has to visit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent. his willingness to help the group and ensure we were all catered for was really commendable. however his ability to find fantastic places to eat, where the locals go, really helped make the trip. all meals in his chosen restaurants were superb. although i was also pretty hungry most nights after early starts and busy days!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    if you have seen somewhere you want to go in photos, just do it. the group experience really aids your time in these fantastic places.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    although a walking trip, we had a number of days without strenuous walks and even the days which were tougher there were opportunities to shorten your walking day if preferred. good to know you aren't under pressure to keep up with the whole group.

  • 10

    Hiking in a Thin Country - fabulous!

    An amazing trip to a lovely country. The natural beauty is just outstanding.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sight of Torres del Paine up-close when arrived at Mirrador del Paine and reaching the Campamento Britanico to view Los Cuernos and Glacier del Frances were the two inspirational moments of my trip! I cannot single out any of these as they are both TOP moments for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Felipe Retamales is an outstanding guide. Other than fulfilling the required check-list for a guide, he has shown great passion for the outdoors and his enthusiasm is very infective. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you Felipe for making my trip such a memorable one!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have ample water (platypus hoser / reservoir - easier to manage), sun hat, sun lotion and sun glasses during your trek. Bring your daypack. Not forgetting a light jacket (wind proof or rain proof) as it's windy in Patagonia. Post trek ensure you re-hydrate (I use a powder electrolyte pack). Plasters in case blister on foot. Flip-flop as you'll be glad to aerate you feet post trek and for use in the refugios.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bring Chilean pesos mostly as Chilenos prefers this and some US dollars.

  • 10

    hiking in the thin country

    excellent trip, tiring but worth ever minute.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    being in the Atacama desert when it rained for the first in a year !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    best Exodus leader we have ever had, competent, efficient, amiable, kept her head in many problems she had to deal with

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Chile is very expensive, must have patience when travelling by air, expect delays at airports. Lots of early mornings and late nights, get your sleep in before you go

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    fantastic scenery, great walks, good itinery

  • 6

    CHILE: HIKING IN A THIN COUNTRY

    An intense trip due to the distances covered and sights seen, sleep lost due to very early starts and some late arrivals. Walks may not start a.m. with recovery late in the afternoon due to moving around the country. Hotels are good, refuges range from good [Orsono Volcano] to poor [base of Torres del Paine], all have electricity and powerpoints. This trip provides more to see than any other of my previous ones, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal and Tibet. The local travel partner provides the best welcome pack I have seen, excellent information on each place and a map of Chile.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the viewpoint at the Torres del Paine viewpoint despite the wind and up and down trail, I was limping because Iberia denied me an aisle seat I had paid for, 13.5 hours trapped in the centre of the 'plane with the passenger infront reclined and sat on my legs wrecked my knee/hip. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Felipe Voigt handled the frequent transfers excellently and went to a lot of trouble to make sure I got an aisle seat on the return flight to Madrid [fortunately this was with LAN not Iberia, LAN were excellent also with the internal flights]. Everywhere we went Felipe made sure we knew what was necessary and answered all questions thoughtfully and fully, he provided good information on many topics, Geology/History/Economics etc.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that the flights will be shown as being with Iberia but they code share with BA and LAN and all three struggle to take responsibility for problems picking seats and checking in.  The trails in Patagonia are described as good but are often quite rough, especially on the Torres del Paine day which is described as strenuous but was tougher than many I have done on grade C trips, there is enough time to do this slowly as long as you are prepared to be at the back all day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Wonderful country - go for it.

  • 8

    HIKING IN A THIN COUNTRY

    A lot of travelling but you get to immerse yourself among beautiful scenery in diverse landscapes. Stunning volcanoes, incredible mountain peaks and glaciers, and stark desert landscapes will imprint indelibly your mind's eye.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the 19Km round trip to the Towers of Paine on a stunningly sunny and clear day. Nothing can prepare you for the final and sudden view of the glacial lake below the three imperious spires. We were lucky to see so much wildlife. Highlights were  guanacos, vicunas, condors, flamingoes, a desert fox, an andean cat and comical viscacha.  For me - a flower fanatic - the plants of Patagonia were a delight especially two species of calceolaria endemic to the area.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ian was the perfect leader. He was knowledgeable, had a sense of humour, was easy going, managed the fast and the slow on walks with sensitivity, went the extra distance to make all our transferrances as smooth as possible, had excellent english, was a good organiser, and most important of all was patient!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't bother to pay extra for the Villarica volcano walk unless the chair lift is open and the weather is almost guaranteed to be good. You will not make the top and the rainforest walk is just as delightful; (we know this as we split up and did both options...). Make sure you are prepared for hot, cold, and windy conditions. You are likely to encounter all on this holiday!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it. Even the long days of travelling had something of merit at the end and holidays shouldn't all be about arriving. The first LAN airways box of goodies is a novelty but after 5 the same you want to throw them out of the window!

  • 10

    HIKING IN A THIN COUNTRY

    Fabulous country. Up with Nepal, Vietnam, Peru - all of which I've visited - for variety and beauty of scenery. Great people, great food, excellent guide. Also, feels very safe....you don't feel the need to be so alert/streetwise as (say) Peru or Morrocco.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Going to the Towers of Paine. Seeing them in bright sunlight...which in Patagonia is not always guaranteed! Also, ascending Villarica volcano (an optional trip)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pablo was very enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and proud of his country...a great guide, and a delight to travel with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1. Take a camera with a big memory! 2. Definitely take the optional trip of ascending Villarica volcano...a tough haul, but definitely worth it - a feeling of real achievement, and great views from the top

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Walking in a long thin country -Chile

    A excellent trip that covered a large distances around Chile, Be prepared for long internal flights &amp; road travel &amp; you will enjoy the culture and geology of this part of South America

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was most definitely our close up views of the magnificent towers of 'Torres de Paine, with the help of a magnificent day weather wise, certainly my personal highlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were lucky to have a experienced Chilean leader Mr. Felipe Retamalis traveling with our group for the full trip within Chile. This was to be his last trip guiding groups before he set out for the next stage of his life with his own cultural food business. Thanks for all your generous help and knowledge Felipe, I wish you all the best for your future.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Due to the wide range of climatic conditions encountered, ensure you are fit for the altitude and the long days walking within the Torres del Paine National Park. Take with you clothing you can layer for a wide temperature range, good Boots + Lightweight foot ware. Be prepared for the long flights and drives, it is worth it to experience this country.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it whilst you are young and fit I am the exception for most 69year olds. This is possibly my last long distance jaunt from Devon, UK. Good luck with your travels.

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