1. Is it safe to hike in Patagonia?Patagonia is an ideal hiking destination for people of all ages looking to immerse themselves in nature. Awe-inspiring beauty awaits around every corner of your hike, however, the sublime landscapes of Patagonia can require navigating rugged terrain by foot. While the overall safety of your Patagonia adventure tour to this region can vary based on the trails you choose, a basic level of fitness, consistent hydration, and proper equipment are recommended. If you’re on a Jeep Safari through Patagonia, you’ll be equipped with hiking poles and provided with trek routes that are tailored to your level of fitness, challenge preference, and mobility. RECOMMENDED FITNESS LEVEL FOR HIKING IN PATAGONIA If you are an active traveler looking to take advantage of the incredible variety of hikes through Patagonia, you can expect some longer walks and treks in changing Patagonia weather. Having a good sense of balance and being relatively sure-footed is strongly recommended, as is having the ability to walk for a least a couple of miles/kilometers. However, Patagonia is not a destination that is enjoyed only by active or fit individuals. This destination can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their physical condition. You just need to choose your daily activities wisely and these must be in accordance to your interests, that day's weather and your general physical condition. NAVIGATING ALTITUDE IN PATAGONIA The only region of Chile known to cause shortness of breath for some visitors due to altitude is the Atacama Desert. In Patagonia however, altitude sickness will not be an issue. While most hikes can be done on your own, there are a few that will require a guide to help navigate elevation gain, level of difficulty, and trail systems. Therefore, we recommend trekking and exploring with a local guide who is familiar with the summits, elements, terrain, and weather patterns.
“Our guide in Patagonia was perfect – [she] accommodated our needs, ensured we got the best out of the experience, and had tremendous familiarity and knowledge about the area.” Quasar Guest, C. Kuhn, TrustPilotVIRTUALLY NON-EXISTENT CRIME IN PATAGONIA When you travel away from the urban areas and into Patagonia, you will find that crime rates are virtually non-existent. Locals here are known for going out of their way to show kindness to tourists and lending a helping hand. You will not have to worry about security in Patagonia’s National Parks, but you may want to be mindful of your valuables when visiting Puerto Natales in Chile and El Calafate in Argentina.
2. Is the wildlife in Patagonia dangerous?National park visitors, hikers, kayakers, and wildlife photographers often wonder whether potential wildlife encounters in Patagonia pose any danger. You can rest assured that there are very few threatening animals in Patagonia, and those that are dangerous are elusive and rarely even spotted by humans. WILDLIFE PRECAUTIONS IN PATAGONIA If you’re not one who hopes to encounter spiders and reptiles, fear not! There are no venomous snakes known in Patagonia, and it is highly unlikely that you’ll encounter any poisonous crawlers. What about the mighty puma? While all wild animals can be dangerous if provoked, in Patagonia and Chile, pumas are protected animals and therefore have no fear of humans. The best chance of spotting this amazing animal is on a Puma Wildlife Tracking Safari during Patagonia’s winter months (May through August). On this Safari, you will have a private guide and your very own Puma Tracker scouting out these beautiful felines with you.
3. Is it safe to consume the food and water in Patagonia?The food, beverages, water, and ice are clean and safe at all hotels along Quasar’s expedition routes in Patagonia, Chile, and Argentina. If you have any dietary restrictions, most hotels will happily accommodate your needs. For water safety, each hotel provides a purified water station to fill your canteen bottle each day before setting out on your hike or excursions. If you have a sensitive travel stomach, you may want to check with your doctor about how to avoid upset stomach. Your doctor may use the CDC guidelines below: Tips for staying healthy in Patagonia (Source: CDC)
- Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes (outside of your hotels).
- Eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself. Remember: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.
- Don’t eat food purchased from street vendors.
- Avoid eating seafood (except in restaurants or at the hotels).
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