Patagonia Cultural Expedition

Credit: Alex Chang - Cornell Leadership Expedition

Patagonia Cultural Expedition

During this 31-day course, you will climb the high passes and travel the lush, remote valleys of the Aysén region, developing valuable skills in wilderness camping and backpacking, cultural competence, and leadership.

While you develop your outdoor living skills, you will also spend time in the valleys where rural pobladores live and work. You may work on projects like mending fences or caring for animals, practice your Spanish language skills, and even learn the popular card game truco.

You’ll leave this course with the decision-making skills and practical experience to be a competent leader, and with unique experiences exchanging stories and living with Chilean families. If you’re looking to be a competent international outdoor traveler, then this is the course for you.



2019 Dates

Jan. 20 – Feb. 19, 2019

Tuition: $6,660


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31 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Cultural Studies
  • 2 Leadership
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Coyhaique, Chile

Fly in/out

Balmaceda, Chile

Skills learned



"There’s something satisfying about riding horses each day, and working directly for the food you put on your table, about living outdoors in fresh air, making a connection to the land we lived on. In a lot of ways, it was the reason we loved expeditions with NOLS—life felt important and authentic."

-Caroline Herman