Women’s Adventure: Explore and Race in Patagonia’s Epic Wilderness
HIKING / KAYAKING / EXPLORING
with Erin Agee
August 31 - September 11, 2020
Come experience the epic wilderness that is Chilean Patagonia on our first women’s-only adventure. Our expedition will start in Santiago, Chile where we will explore the city and take in the culture before heading south to Puerto Natales. After overnighting in Puerto Natales, we will make our way to Rio Serrano, just south of Torres del Paine National Park. At minus 51 degrees latitude, due east of the Great Southern Ice Field, it is said that here you can experience all four seasons in one day. While in Torres del Paine, we will explore, race in the Patagonia International Marathon, kayak, hike, visit Grey Glacier, and commune with one of the least explored regions of the planet.
Gearing up and Winding Down in Santiago
Santiago will serve as our jumping off point and rendezvous location at the beginning and end of our trip. We will visit the historic Barrio Lastarria and La Chascona and enjoy a group dinner to break the ice with our fellow adventurers before heading south. On our way home, we’ll convene for a wine soaked final goodbye.
Making Our Way to One of the Least Explored Areas of the Planet
We will spend one day at the beginning and end of our trip traveling from Santiago to Puerto Natales, via Punta Arenas and back. We will arrange all of the logistics, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery. We recommend reading some of the literature exploring the history, flora and fauna, and people of the region. On the way back, you might find this is a great opportunity to rest and recuperate from your adventures - we’re pretty sure you’ll be tired.
Race and Outdoor Adventures at the End of the World
We will spend five days in Rio Serrano, named for the river that takes the shimmering aqua glacial water from Grey Glacier and others to Ultima Esperanza Sound. This will be our basecamp for exploration into Torres del Paine National Park. While here, you will race in the Patagonia International Marathon (half marathon and 10k options available), visit Grey Glacier by boat, kayak in Rio Serrano and its tributaries, hike portions of the famed “W” trail, and take time to commune with the pristine wilderness on your terms. We will give back to the park through a service project in partnership with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund and carbon offset our journey through Mossy Earth.
We will have three stops during our journey and we have handpicked three boutique and unique hotels that reflect the character of their surroundings. In Santiago, we will stay at Sommelier Boutique Hotel, in Puerto Natales we'll stay at NOI Indigo Patagonia, and in Rio Serrano we'll stay at Hotel del Paine with fantastic views of the Paine Massif.
From Boulder, Colorado, Erin is a cyclist, triathlete, and white water enthusiast. Erin has lived in Thailand, Spain, and Ireland, and loves widening her comfort zone in new countries with new friends. Having helped guide groups on multi-day backpacking and white water rafting trips since 2003, she’s passionate about connecting with people in the beautiful and remote places that feed us all.