Documenting the Sendero Patagonia / Greater Patagonian Trail 2018-2019
I’ve got a new nasty habit. It’s called the Sendero Patagonia / Greater Patagonian Trail – a 3000K+ network of animal tracks, existing arriero (cowboy) routes and deep-backcountry bushwacking. It crosses mountains, swirls down rivers and cuts across lakes in its journey from my backdoor in Santiago, to deepest Patagonia in El Chalten.
It’s a brand new project, fashioned by the feet and imagination of a few crazy thru hikers. Here’s some of my encounters below, with what is set to become one of the most classic long distance hiking routes on the planet.
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– Aysén Region (Feb 15th-March 2nd) –
At the end of Feb, I headed to the deep south to the Aysén region. In 12 days we hiked the opal-laked Parque Patagonia trek, and the glacier drenched Cerro Castillo circuit.
-sleeper bus from Santiago (14hours) to Puerto Montt + fiord ferry trip to Puerto Chacabuco (24hours)
-high carbon footprint option of flight from Santiago to Balmaceda (2hr 15mins)
– Trailhead from Santiago south (Jan 31st to Feb 2nd) –
At the end of January, I gave myself a few days off. (These freelancers, ey…) With a 30litre bag, I spent three days and two nights on a solo fastpack trip, tackling the first 80km south from Santiago.