|Hosted Gay-Exclusive Patagonian Overland Odyssey|
|Osorno Volcano at Sunset||Torres del Paine|
What is an Overland? An overland is a type of "roadtrip", where the key attraction is not only each destination, but also the adventure along the way. We head through the remote, pristine parts of Patagonia that most people simply fly over.
Why Patagonia? This remote, practically unknown land is replete with myths, legends, unique wildlife and unparalleled landscapes. We will let you be the judge, but The New York Times chose Chilean Patagonia number 8 on their list of The 45 Places to Go in 2012.
Who is this trip for? Lovers of nature, history, culture, photography, flora and fauna. It is for those who enjoy sharing this untamed land with like-minded people, who pack along their sense of wonder and their sense of humor. It requires that you be flexible and flow with the tour, so you can create your own Patagonian experience. Per one recent client, this trip is for people with an "Interest in nature, with all its glories and inconveniences. Interest in a different culture, history, and places. A sense of adventure and excitement over the unexpected. Willingness to leave the internet and the modern world for 16 days." It is not an active trip, but we will have plenty of opportunities for hiking, walking, horseback riding and boat rides, among others.This tour is open to all ages, but in general our overland travelers have averaged between 35-75 years old.
Why travel with us? We have seven years experience hosting travelers from all over the world through majestic Patagonia, and are the only operators running this specific route. This Small-Group tour (8 maximum) is All-Inclusive, meaning you don't have to worry about your internal flights, meals and snacks, lodging, daily activities, park entrance fees, or anything else. We truly enjoy our job, and hope it shows in everything we do. Scroll down for more information about the tour, including our lodging choices, which by themselves are part of the Patagonian story.
Confirmed Departures: November 25, 2013 & January 20, 2014
|Perito Moreno Glacier||Dog Orchid|
|Chilean Flamigo||Marble Caves|
|Waterfall in Pumalin Park||Happy travelers|
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First of all, there is no camping. The hotels we use on our hosted overland tours vary between 3 and 5-star, and are as gay-friendly as possible. Since these tours will take us through some pretty remote locations, the level of accomodations obviously depends on the destination, but we usually stay in the nicest place in the area. Just like you, we also want a hot shower and a comfortable bed at the end of an adventurous day!
Following are the current hotels and lodges we use on our Gay-Exclusive Patagonian Odyssey tour:
|Northbound Tour||Hotel web link, if available|
|Puerto Natales - Hotel Indigo||www.indigopatagonia.com/en|
|Torres del Paine - Lodge Cerro Guido||www.cerroguido.cl|
|El Calafate - Hotel El Quijote||www.quijotehotel.com.ar|
|El Chalten - Hosteria Kaulem||www.kaulem.com.ar/en|
|Lago Posada - La Posada Inn|
|Puerto Guadal - Terra Luna Lodge||www.terra-luna.cl/terraluna/index.html|
|Coyhaique - Hotel El Reloj||www.elrelojhotel.cl|
|Glacier Sound - Puyuhuapi Lodge & Spa||www.patagonia-connection.com|
|La Junta - Espacio y Tiempo Lodge||www.espacioytiempo.cl|
|Caleta Gonzalo - Caleta Gonzalo Cabins||www.parquepumalin.cl/content/eng/index.htm|
|Hornopiren - Hosteria Catalina|
|Puerto Varas - Hotel Cumbres||www.cumbrespatagonicas.cl/en|
Beginning from the moment we pick you up at the airport in our departure city (either Puerto Montt or Puerto Natales) you will ride in a modern Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, designed for only 8 passengers. Most of these vans are configured for 14-16 people, so you can imagine how much more space you will have.
The van has separate, reclining seats with armrests, air conditioning, plenty of legroom and extra large windows. We travel with water and snacks, and since our groups are so small, we have plenty of time to stop, walk around, take pictures, and generally enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We never forget that you are on vacation, and our goal is to give you the best travel experience possible.
Here are some pictures of our transportation:
Meals & Snacks
As mentioned, all of your meals are included on these tours. Before you arrive, we will send you a form requesting additional information about food preferences, allergies, etc. Here is an example of typical foods you can expect:
All of our hotels will provide continental breakfasts, which will include breads and spreads, fruit, cereal, ham, cheese, sweets, coffee, tea, milk, juices, etc.
Either in local resturants (meats, pastas, chicken, fish, soups, salads, etc.) or a picnic style lunch consisting of fresh sandwiches, fruit, local specialties, cheeses, salty and sweet snacks, juice, water, soft drinks, etc.
Dinner will either be in the hotel, at a local resturant, and depending on the location, Felipe might cook one of his Chilean specialties! Typical foods would be local stews with meats and vegetables, chicken, lamb, fish, shellfish, potatoes, salads with fresh local produce, local wines, flan, ice cream, pies and cakes, and much more. Hungry yet?
We always carry with us a collection of various salty and sweet snacks, including such things as fresh and dried nuts, local fruits, crackers, cookies, granola bars, etc., as well as juices and water. This is a "communal" thing in the van with people sharing their favorite things. So feel free to add or eat whatever you like!
Each day during your overland tour we will have a specific activity, depending on our route, the day's destination and the weather conditions. These activities are easy to moderate, and require only that you be in generally good physical condition to be able to enjoy them fully.
None of the activities are mandatory, and alternative activities will nearly always be available. If you do not want to participate in a given activity, one of us will stay behind with you and we'll do something else.
Without giving away all the surprises, here is a short list of the things you can expect for the Overland:
|Surround yourself by ancient, snow-capped volcanoes in the Lakes District,
Sail into Chile's pristine fjords,
Immerse yourself in the dense temperate rain forest in Pumalin Park,
Hike amid one of Chile's last remaining Alerce groves,
Navigate to some unique Marble Caves on Lake General Carrera,
Discover hidden waterfalls in the forest in Queulat National Park,
Witness one of the most active glaciers on the planet in Glaciers National Park,
Take a catamaran for a closeup view of the Perito Moreno Glacier,
Feel the icy wind in your face coming off the Last Hope Sound in Puerto Natales,
Trek to the best view of the Horns in Chile's unforgettable Torres del Paine National Park, and
Extend your vacation into the jungle around Iguazu Falls, spending more time
& taking longer treks in Torres del Paine, delving into the Incan culture
in Machu Picchu, or hitting the gay clubs in Santiago and Buenos Aires!
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