PATAGONIAN SOLAR ECLIPSE AND ANDEAN TREKKING
Feb 25th: Arrive Coyhaique, Chile (Balmaceda Airport, code: BBA). You'll be met on arrival by our representative who will take you to Hotel Nomades. Welcome dinner in the evening.
Feb 26th: Early AM departure to Estancia Punta del Monte near the Argentine border, arriving around sunrise overlooking the Valle de la Luna where Condors often congregate. We'll observe and photograph these giants, the await the eclipse, which will take place at around 10:30. We'll be directly on the centerline. We'll have some special glasses for viewing the eclipse. Then we'll visit some other parts of the estancia before returning to the main house for a traditional “asado” outdoor lamb roast. Return to our hotel in Coyhaique for dinner.
Feb 27th: Following breakfast depart by van for our trailhead at Las Horquetas in the Reserva Cerro Castillo. We trek 7 hours and 11 miles today through thick forest and along mountain lakes, through some rough terrain. Conaf Camp. This route is little known to the outside world, and we could be the only ones out there.
Feb 28th: Trek 8 miles in 6 hours up through the mountains on a good trail to the pass that divides the glaciers pouring of Cerro Penon and Cerro Castillo. Stupendous views of Patagonian peaks in every direction. Camp at El Bosque.
Mar 1: Continue walking down the moraine left by Castillo Glacier, along the pale blue lake at its terminus, finishing our trek at Villa Cerro Castillo after 8 miles. This will take most of the day. Our van will meet us there and drive us to Camp Pared Sur on massive Lago General Carrera, where we'll spend the next two nights. www.paredsurcamppatagonia.com
Mar 2nd: Full day hiking or mountain-bike trip into Lago Leones from Pared Sur Camp, with views of the Patagonian Andes, including Cerro San Valentin, the highest summit in Patagonia at 12,825'. Return to Pared Sur Camp.
Mar 3rd: Drive to Pumalin National Park. Along the way we will stop for a short hike into the Baker River Falls. Afternoon enjoying "The Lodge" in the park and learning about this massive conservation project. The story of Pumalin is fascinating and lengthy, so we suggest you read about it at: www.parquepumalin.cl
Mar 4th: Full day hike within the park. There are a number of hikes available to us into the majestic mountains of the Park. We'll decide at the time which to do. Overnight at the "The Lodge”.
March 5th: Transfer back to Balmaceda airport for connection back home.