What Advice Do You Have For Women Who Are Traveling Alone?
It’s funny how it becomes a big deal to think of solo women traveling alone. Trust me, it doesn’t warrant that much attention. It isn’t worth the worry. You will be surprised to see how independent and strong you can be once you start traveling alone. It gives you an amazing experience of a lifetime to travel around and see life like never before.
Tell Us About Your Experience With Solo Travel In Patagonia
I welcomed the new year hiking through Patagonia solo for almost a month which turned out to be the most mentally and bodily challenging experiences so far. In the end, however, I felt amazingly confident to have completed this hike all by myself. I was pretty sure that now I could do anything after hiking Patagonia by myself.
Why Did You Decide To Pursue The Adventure Of Solo Travel In Patagonia?
Patagonia is one of the most beautiful areas of the world with natural forces greater than ever known to man. This can be one of the major reasons that it attracts a quite a number of travelers looking for serious adventure and willing to push their limits to witness the world from a mountain top. I took it as a challenge for me and wanted to experience it all as an adrenalin rush.
What Recommendations Do You Have For Solo Women In Patagonia?
The several parks of the region can be accessed using the five major towns: El Chalten, El Calafate, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, and Ushuaia. You can go either Northwards or Southwards through these towns. Though they are small lazy mountain towns and not much can be expected beyond the essentials, you are sure to find dormitories, convenience stores and camping gear of all kinds here.
It is advisable to make bookings in advance. You’ll be crossing the Chile/Argentina border several times which means you should have enough space in your passport. Plus, make sure that you have visa to Argentina in advance!
Lastly but importantly, don’t overcrowd your backpack. It is not an easy task to carry about fifty pounds for almost eight hours each day of one whole month.
What Was The Best Part Of Your Solo Trip To Patagonia As A Girl?
It was while hiking through the W Trail in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. My alarm clock started ticking during midnight at Las Torres reminding me to get up and witness the sunrise. Reluctantly, I pulled myself out of the bed and started up a steep trail up to an elevated spot.
It was the toughest hike I ever had to take with a torch tied to my head in the middle of the night. I reached the top and found myself a comfortable spot, setting up my station, with a sleeping bag, clothes for warmth and cookies to munch on.
It wasn’t late when I witnessed magic happen before me. The sun began to rise casting a beautiful pink hue on to the peaks of Las Torres over the aquatic-coloured skies over a greenish-blue lake. It was breathtaking and for a minute it felt like the mountains were about to sing in their radiance. Each part of that difficult hike was totally worth this magnificent view.
Are There Any Safety Concerns For Women Traveling Alone In Patagonia?
Patagonia is a safe place for travelers especially solo women travelers. These towns witness zero crime and have no dangerous wild animals through the hike except handsome wild horses. An advice would be to have more than enough water and stay hydrated. Sometimes your own foolishness becomes your biggest concern.
What Was The Worst Part Of The Patagonia Trip?
That has to be when I thought I’d die alone on this hike! It is essential to stay hydrated and drink like six liters water every day. But careless as I was, I got dehydrated. I couldn’t find anywhere to fill at and ran out of water. I nearly passed out but somehow gathered the courage to get moving till I reached a watercourse. A horrible experience indeed that taught me the hard way.