If you thrive on traveling to remote locations and partaking in extreme adventures, you must consider journeying to the newly opened Patagonia park.
The 650,000-acre park is a project 10 years in the making, and will soon become a National Park in Chile’s Aysén Region. Patagonia Provisions clothing company loves this area of the world (fittingly), and their Conservation Trust believes in getting people out into nature so they can experience the land as well. They want people to help protect nature, and to enter into the discussion on how best to preserve it.
If you’re anything like me, you too have a bucket list full of trips you wish to take to national parks around the world, or a list of the different mountains you want to hike. If so, I can't think of trip more perfect for you. But if you’re not sure about coming, all you have to do is watch 180 Degrees South, a documentary about one man’s journey from Ventura, California to Patagonia, Chile to stir your inner adventurer. The diverse land, wildlife and secludedness of the park are well enough reasons to take a break from your busy life and to go and enjoy nature.
The park is massive, offering hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing and scenic drives — something for everyone. The accommodations include lodging at Valle Chacabuco, or campsites for only $10 per person, per day. Remember, this is not a resort destination. The park is located in a remote and challenging environment, and visitors should be as self-sufficient as possible.
The park is open from October through mid April due to extreme weather conditions, and you must be committed to the journey, because it is not easy to reach the park. It takes two planes, two buses and a six-mile walk/hitch-hike OR a pair of planes, a bus, and a drive by rental car. Still if you’re ready for an adventure, go and experience the grasslands, mountains, lakes and rivers of Patagoina Park.
Take a cue from Henry David Thoreau who wrote “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”