You love traveling & you want to share your experience. I interview people who enjoy exploring new cultures, places, people and local food.
The 5 W’s and HOW Interview will give you tips about wonderful places of the World. This would be about Patagonia.
Why you selected Patagonia?
When I saw a documentary about Patagonia I was impressed by its unique nature scenery. That day I added this part of the world to my top travel list. Altogether it is an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers.
WHEN you visited Patagonia?
We stayed in Patagonia from November 7, 2014 for one month period. This is still not the peek season which is great as you avoid mass of tourists in some places. They say the best time to visit Patagonia is October /March which are the spring and summer months. We touched late spring time perfect for trekking in terms of temperature. However in Patagonia, one can experience sun, rain, snow or extreme wind at anytime or all in one day. In general the weather can be very difficult to predict and it is better to be prepared for extreme weather, just in case. I must say we were so lucky with weather during our stay.
WHERE to go – the best places to see, things to do, the best experience?
My friend put together great itinerary with the most beautiful spots in Patagonia and adjusted for ‘outdoorsy’ and love trekking people. We visited 3 National parks (1 in Argentina, 2 in Chile) where we did 2-5 days trekking carrying all gear for sleeping in camping and food. Here come our 3 highlights:
NP Los Glaciares (Argentina)- trekking around Fitz Roy (2 days)
NP Torres del Paine (Chile) – 4/5 day trekking ‘W’ trekking (5 days): The most popular and known NP in Patagonia with its ‘W’ trek. Camping sites in this park are well equipped. From what I saw this park offers the most spectacular and amazing views and scenery.
NP Tierra del Fuego (Chile)- Los dientes de Navarino circuit (5 days): This trek doesn’t really have a real trail, but the route is marked with painted symbols. However it can be quite confusing at times to find the right way. Unspoiled nature, vast snowfield, wilderness camping – this is what this trek is about. The most adventurous one for me.
WHO the local people are? Did they surprise you?
Local people are nice, sincere, and accommodating. Only those working with tourists can speak little bit English so Spanish is really helpful.
WHAT you have learned from that travel experience you had?
I was surprised that carrying 13-15 kg pack full day is not that hard as I thought if the pack is perfectly adjusted to your back. I learned that trekking sticks are not only for elderly people. Finally staying close to nature for few days is one big experience, you can get by with a little.
How about any recommendations and tips before traveling to Patagonia? For what we should prepare, or beware of? Any useful Patagonia tips?
There is no cell phone or wifi signal in many areas of the national parks. Bring enough cash to exchange local currency – some ATM have low withdrawal limit or don’t have money at all. No vaccinations are required for this region. The water is drinkable from streams, rivers or lakes (rather not close to campsites or cattle), even tap water is safe to drink. No need for water purification tablets. For those who go for camping, it gets really cold at night so good sleeping bag is the must. And finally…enjoy the beauty of Patagonia!
All photos of this post are property of Nada Bacikova.
Thank you for the interview!