| A large greenhouse on the
NOLS Patagonia campo provides students and staff with fresh produce.
Photo: Bruce Smithhammer
When you arrive in the small town of Coyhaique the rugged, untouched beauty of Chilean
Patagonia will overwhelm you.
In operation since 1992, NOLS Patagonia
is 11 kilometers from Coyhaique, nestled between rolling hills
and snow covered peaks on a 500-acre working farm. Here NOLS
staff and students work to raise all-natural, organic cows
and sheep. An extensive garden produces bushels of vegetables
and fresh produce that are eaten by staff and students.
NOLS Patagonia course areas range from 44° latitude to 55° latitude
and are the farthest south of any NOLS location. From the Northern
Icefield and Andes Mountains, to the world-renowned fishing rivers
and Pacific fjords, Patagonia offers limitless opportunity to
experience wilderness extremes. If you want the ultimate in remote,
expeditionary travel, the tightly knit community of NOLS Patagonia
is where you should begin your adventure in wilderness education.
- Taragui, a tea used by Chilean gauchos, and Montecol,
a Chilean peanut-butter type bar, are rationed for every
- NOLS Patagonia semesters are the only NOLS semesters
that stay in the field for the full 75 days without going
into town between sections
- NOLS Patagonia staff are chosen for their Spanish fluency
- There are approximately 20 Chilean instructors working
out of NOLS Patagonia
- Semester courses will bag 75 days worth of food all at
once- that adds up to about 2 tons of food!