11 Days, February 4 - 14, 2022
$7,640 from Santiago, Chile
We invite you to travel with us to one of the most mysterious and secluded areas of the world, Patagonia. With the spectacular landscape of the Andes, rolling pampas, Andean lakes, abundant wildlife and a wealth of fossils from prehistoric wildlife to ancient humans, the vibrant natural history of Patagonia has intrigued scientists and beckoned explorers for generations.
We'll begin in Santiago, Chile, at the foot of the Andes with a survey of 4,500 years of pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas. We fly next to Puerto Montt, with its lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped volcano and famous fish market before pushing on to Punta Arenas, Chile's southernmost city on the Strait of Magellan opposite Tierra del Fuego. From here, our expedition ventures to Puerto Natales the gateway to southern Patagonia. For the next four nights, the well-appointed Remota Lodge will serve as our haven of contemplation after each of our ventures into the awe-inspiring beauty of the region. On this portion of the trip, we'll be able to choose our own activity and guide: trekking in a national park, horseback riding with a gaucho across the wind-swept pampas, mountain biking through majestic forest, navigating by boat around a glacier-filled lake or visiting an authentic Patagonian estancia.
We'll visit Torres del Paine National Park, whose towering spires of granite, ice fields and glaciers will inspire indelible memories. Here condors ride on currents above the Andes, and foxes, rheas and guanacos give chase across the pampas. Returning to Santiago we'll conclude our adventure with lunch and tasting of select Chilean vintages at the private Kingston Family Vineyards in the Casablanca Valley.
With excellent accommodations, all internal flights and superb personnel throughout, this is an extraordinary educational travel opportunity to some of the most pristine areas on the planet.
Traveling With You
James Dick, Director of Outdoor Education at Washington and Lee, has overseen the outing club, taught in the physical education department and managed the University’s challenge course since 2002. He is a lifelong adventurer whose motto is, “let’s try it...”. His passion lies with encouraging people (of all ages) to get outside and explore, learn and experience what the world has to offer, whether it is a short stroll on a garden path or a high mountain expedition. He has led hiking trips to Nepal
and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania among other destinations with W&L hikers.