Visiting Patagonia involves walking and hiking on top of rocks and generally on uneven terrain and depending on the time of year, under cold weather conditions. Having a good sense of balance and being in relatively good physical condition is necessary.
In order to avoid serious accidents and even death, you must be in good health to travel to Patagonia. The National Parks are remote and do not have good medical facilities. We encourage all our guests to hire trip insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation just to be safe. Being in good health greatly minimizes your chances of serious injury. It is your responsibility to disclose your health condition to us. Failure to do so may result in your guide preventing you from doing certain activities that may put your life at risk.
vaccinations / immunizations
No vaccinations/immunizations are necessary to travel to Argentina or Chile. We do recommend that the normal routine vaccines should be up to date: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR Vaccine), Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP Vaccine) and Polio vaccine.
medical services in chile & argentina
Modern hospital facilities are not available in Patagonia. The towns of Puerto Natales and El Calafate have small hospitals and drug stores. We recommend to bring your own medicine as brands may change from one country to another, or a specific medicine may not be available. Due to the lack of services and medical facilities we strongly recommend you get emergency medical evacuation insurance. Modern hospital facilities are available in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Some of the larger hotels within the National Parks also have a doctor on staff.
As a general recommendation, DO NOT drink tap water from the tap while in Patagonia. Your hotels will all have water dispensers so that you can fill your water bottles each day. Also, avoid clams (which are served uncooked) and any uncooked or unpeeled products. Do not eat in any place or restaurant not recommended directly by us. Do not eat at local markets.
We cater all special diet requirements, including Kosher food (which should be requested in advance).
Many hotels in Patagonia have facilities for special needs i.e.: wheelchair ramps, wide doors, etc. BEFORE you book a particular tour you should inquire about the possibility of attending to your particular disabilities.