Patagonia – An Adventure Seeker’s Paradise

Patagonia
Patagonia

 

Since 2015, medical services professional Todd Belok has served as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. An avid traveler, Todd Belok has visited a number of areas around the world, including Patagonia.

A popular travel destination for those who love the outdoors, Patagonia is a beautiful, remote and rugged region on the southern end of South America. This immense territory is shared by Argentina and Chile and features a diverse landscape comprising soaring mountains, massive glaciers, evergreen forests, and windblown plateaus.

Adventure seekers who travel to the area will enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, kayaking, and trekking on horseback. Some of the most popular places to explore in Patagonia include Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, Tierra del Fuego, and the region’s other three national parks.

Although there are a number of tour operators working in the region, booking a tour is not a necessity, and many travelers find that it is very easy to enjoy Patagonia without one. With unpredictable weather year-round, there is no one best time to visit Patagonia, but the region is generally warmer and more accessible from December through February.

Consider Backpacking at Torres del Paine in Patagonia

 

Patagonia pic
Patagonia
Image: rei.com

A mental health professional with Episcopal Hospital Public, Todd Belok also maintains certification as an emergency medical technician. In his leisure time, Todd Belok enjoys traveling, and he recently completed a week-long backpacking trip in Patagonia, Chile.

Located 1,500 miles south of Santiago in Patagonia, the Torres del Paine hike covers 52 miles of terrain with spectacular views of wildlife such as the llama-like guanacos and scenery ranging from glaciers to the enormous granite pillars that give the trail its name. The reality far surpasses any pictures. Those wanting a shorter hike (requiring only about four days) can take the W route. Begin in the west and travel east for the best views. The other option, known as the Circuit, includes the rear section of the park as well as the W and requires at least a week. Both trails have clear signposts.

Backpackers can choose to stay at free campsites along the way but should be aware of their scarcity and plan on arriving early. People also can stay at some of the paid camps or in the dorms at the refugios for a more expensive yet comfortable option.