Backpack through Parque Patagonia with NOLS and learn about this great park’s history and future. Join a small group of NOLS alumni, friends, and family on this truly remarkable expedition. Few people have the opportunity to visit this incredible area and even fewer are able to immerse themselves in the backcountry.
Parque Patagonia is the result of perhaps the most ambitious private conservation movement ever undertaken. Started in 2000 as a private conservation venture, the park was declared a Chilean National Park in 2018. On this trip, you will dive much deeper into the history of this biologically diverse area and the reclamation efforts that have restored the land.
On this trip, you will spend 7 days hiking through the park and exploring pristine wilderness areas. After the hike, you'll be transported back to the NOLS campus by a private flight back over the park. Your hike will take you through regions of the park that few visitors ever see, through terrain inhabited by guanaco (a llama relative), puma, fox, and the peculiar four-eyed frog.
Grasslands, riparian forests, and wetlands all come together in the Chacabuco Valley, which will spread out before your feet as you enter the park. Walk through the foothills of the mountains with your fellow NOLSies, explore braided river beds, and camp in tents with no city lights on the horizon. This is the Patagonia that inspired conservationists to take a stand and protect some of the world’s last wilderness areas.
*You’ll carry a full pack in remote terrain on part of this trip.