What You Should Expect for the 2022/2023 Season in Patagonia

A much anticipated season in Patagonia brings new changes & a whole lot of new adventures. 

As the saying goes ‘change is good’…and although the iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine and Southern Patagonia haven’t changed much, the way to travel here has! Due to its remoteness and stunning beauty, Chilean Patagonia remains at the top of the list for many who are waiting to travel south during the upcoming 2022/2023 season. Like anything new – whether a new pair of hiking boots or upcoming trip of a lifetime – expect there to be things that make preparing a must. So what should you expect for the upcoming season in Chilean Patagonia? Here are our top 4 spoilers that you won’t want to miss!

Rincon Bonito, sometimes an overlooked destination in Northern Patagonia, is a newly added adventure getting lots of attention for the upcoming season.

An Increased Number of Visitors. But an Increased Number of New Adventures! When Chile had tightened its entry protocols during the pandemic, Torres del Paine alone saw a huge decrease in visitors in 2021 – more than 20% less than years before – which impacted the tourism sector significantly. During the past 2 years however, local operators in Chilean Patagonia had the opportunity to re-think and reactive in more responsive ways in order to confront some of the new challenges that arose from the shutdown. The main one being the creation of entirely new adventures! In an effort to not only disperse the number of visitors anticipated for the upcoming 2022/2023 season (which is expected to be at least 300,000 visitors to Torres del Paine alone or greater) – but to also encourage travelers to explore brand new, exciting trips. New adventures like the W Trek + were designed to help to divert travelers from the usually overcrowded W Treks trails to other sectors within the park while still being able to experience the iconic highlights that Torres del Paine and the W Trek offers.

Other adventures such as Kayaking Cabo Froward which explores the Strait of Magellan over 6 days of sea kayaking or Rincon Bonito which takes travelers to a remote corner Patagonia’s extreme North are just a few examples of brand-new multisport programs that focus on Patagonia’s diverse potential to experience adventure tourism. Alternative programs that offer mountain biking with the all new Giant eBikes are also on the radar of adventure-seekers. Chile Nativo is the only local operator in Puerto Natales – the gateway city to Torres del Paine – who offers these unique programs where travelers can mix up their activities and experience the thrill of an eBike first hand along single track surrounded by mesmerizing landscapes. With the number of visitors to Torres del Paine and Chilean Patagonia rising for the 2022/2023 season – there are certainly plenty of new and incredible experiences waiting!

All new Giant eBikes make for a unique alternative active adventure. Chile Nativo is the only operator in Puerto Natales who offer eBike excursions.

Relaxed Entry Protocols – But a Very Prepared Chile as a Destination. Chile remains as one of the top ranked countries in the world for it’s vaccination success and has been since the start of the pandemic. With more than 92% of of its population fully vaccinated, Chile is a destination that remains high on travelers’ lists. The country has recently relaxed its entry protocols for international travelers – perfect timing for the start of the 2022/2023 season in Chilean Patagonia. For those planning to travel to Chile, only a certificate of vaccination issued by the country where he/she was vaccinated is required. And for those who aren’t vaccinated or who do not have their vaccination schedule for their country, a negative PCR test within a maximum of 48 hours from departure is required upon arrival into the country. Anyone 18 and under do not have any requirements to enter Chile. With the new protocols now in place, this opens the doors for Patagonia to become a top destination yet again.

The Chilean government & health ministry, businesses, and tourism organizations have worked simultaneously to make sure that Chile is a safe and well-prepared destination ready to welcome tourists to all the incredible regions within the country. Creating tourism confidence and things such as the good tourist bible has put Chile on the top of the list for becoming a world-renowned tourist destination.

An Overwhelming Sense of Place and Extreme Beauty. With the success of the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s 2022 AdventureNEXT Patagonia Magallanes in September, this put Chilean Patagonia even higher on the radar for top travel destinations for 2022 & 2023. Southern Patagonia – and specifically the Region of Magallanes – was selected for this prestigious event as a way to reactive the tourism in this remote region of Patagonia. What participants got however, was a true experience of the essence of Patagonia. They connected with the locals and the value that their region and ancestry holds. The culture, the climate, the residents, and the landscapes are what make Chilean Patagonia so unforgettable. Anyone who visits Southern Patagonia leaves a little bit different than how they came. A strong sense of place is prominent throughout whether its the food shared together, the music that stirs your soul, the awe-inspiring views, or witnessing firsthand the love that local residents have for their pristine and dear Patagonia.

Gauchos who lead horseback excursion in Torres del Paine share their love and charismatic sense of place with visitors who come to Southern Patagonia.

More access to more remote destinations – But not necessarily overcrowding at these remote places. During the past two years, a destination renovation has taken place within Southern Patagonia. Many of those remote places that were previously hard to get to before are now much more accessible in responsible and sustainable ways. Places like the Estancia Bahia Esperanza Outdoor Park or Rupestre Patagonia offer highly unique private adventures including remote hiking trails and other activities that are otherwise inaccessible by the public or large crowds. Places like these offer very different experiences that are also an important part of the local history and culture of region. It’s for these reasons that these places should be explored and enjoyed by travelers, but in a responsible way – a way that educates travelers about the importance and significance of the territory and the diversity. And in ways that both sustain and protect the diverse ecosystems and landmarks that can only be found at places like these. Newer – not fewer – programs are becoming more and more available for the 2022/2023 season allowing guests the opportunities to access and experience remote destinations in big ways.

At the newly established Estancia Bahia Esperanza Outdoor Park, endless adventures await on a private and remote area located just outside of Puerto Natales.
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    Sashi Perera
    Sashi Perera
    2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
    The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
    Katie Kow
    Katie Kow
    2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
    Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
    Fionna Tod
    Fionna Tod
    2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
    Chile Nativo organised our self-guided 4 day trek in Torres del Paine and it was amazing. They arranged all the... transport, food and accommodation so all we needed to do was enjoy the hiking- which we certainly did! I would definitely use them again for similar adventures in the future.read more
    Fernanda Lela
    Fernanda Lela
    2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
    Melhor empresa de turismo do Chile
    Mary Schmitz
    Mary Schmitz
    2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
    I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
    Edric Subur
    Edric Subur
    2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
    I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
    Peter Noorani
    Peter Noorani
    2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
    Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
    Eline Lonchay
    Eline Lonchay
    2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
    I did the Fjord Trail with Chile Nativo and it was beautiful! The landscapes surpass what you can even imagine. We were... the only ones in nature for 3 days! The horses were nice, I had never done this before and I felt safe. I was never cold at night (make sure you rent your sleeping bag for this). We finished our tour with a boat trip on the Serrano River, back to Puerto Natales and we got to see the Balmacero Glacier and the Serrano Glacier (and walk around it). It is well organized and definitely a different way to travel and see nature in Patagonia !read more
    Nerile Rimiene
    Nerile Rimiene
    2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
    We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
    Joe Williams
    Joe Williams
    2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
    Excellent trip to Torres Del Paine. Chile Nativo handled everything from front to back. Including bus rides to and from... airport and everything in between.read more
    Carter Sample
    Carter Sample
    2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
    My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
    Donna Murr
    Donna Murr
    2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
    Our two fantastic, knowledgeable and fun guides (with very good English) helped to make our W hike an unforgettable... experience.read more
    Serena Clardie
    Serena Clardie
    2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
    I can't recommend this company enough! The initial planning and email correspondence leading up to our trip was... professional and seamless. They even took care of adding on and planning an additional leg to our trip to Argentinean Patagonia with a reliable local company there. Most importantly though, our Fast Trek W trip with Chile Nativo was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our guides, Baru and Nacio, were THE BEST. I was sad to leave them at the end of our 3 days together. They were responsible, knowledgeable, kind and so much fun - and they kept us going when spirits might have been a little down after 2 straight days of pouring rain and relentless wind. :) The camp is fantastic - the domes were super comfortable and the dining hall dome was a great meeting place to eat (and stretch and drink wine and pisco and even dance!). The drivers were great, the chefs were impressive (thanks Alexis!! - the food was an unexpected treat because it was seriously good, not just camping good). We somehow also managed to get extra lucky and click with the rest of the people in our group and are already planning our next trip together, so thanks for that added bonus! It was a magical trip that we will never forget. Thanks Chile Nativo! ❤️read more
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    Adrienna Bunti Robotham
    2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
    We had a once in a lifetime experience with Chile Nativo and Felipe which we will never forget. We enjoyed the 5D/4N... Torres del Paine Winter Multisport Adventure in early September. It was fantastic to be there in the “fringe” season, the weather was beautiful and we felt like we had the place to ourselves! We were very fortunate to have Felipe all to ourselves as well, giving us flexibility around our capabilities and the weather. Felipe was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the fauna, flora and even the geology (which impressed me as I’m a geologist!!). Felipe’s English is perfect, his cooking was delicious, and we felt very much at home during our trip. Our kayaking was cancelled due to very extreme weather, and Felipe not only found an alternative for the day for us, but also arranged for a generous refund.There was an issue with our international bank payment (through no fault of Chile Nativo’s) and the entire team continued to communicate with us and chase the payment at their end for weeks. We really appreciated this!Cannot recommend Chile Nativo, Felipe and Torres del Paine enough!read more
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    Jorge Orellana Benado
    2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
    Beatriz Ahumada
    Beatriz Ahumada
    2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
    Extraordinario..... excelente calidad y profesionalismo de los guías y todos los que colaboran en el campamento .....y... además que el paisaje de las torres del Paine es maravilloso.. pero la gente de chile nativo hacen que uno lo disfrute y viva al máximo.... gracias por todo...read more
    Edgardo Songer
    Edgardo Songer
    2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
    Fue un viaje que superó las espectativas la calidad de el staff la calidad de los equipos todo perfecto
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    Pamela Farias Valenzuela
    2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
    Excelente grupo Profesional, Guías con conocimientos, puntuales en los Tours. Variedad de alternativas para recorrer la... Patagonia. Los Campamentos con Domos son muy cómodos y las comidas están muy bien equilibradas. Se ve que conocen muy bien el lugar y su clima y que les gusta lo que hacen. Recomendable 100%read more
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
    2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
    Excelente logistica, guias con conocimientos en todas las areas(de lo q preguntabas tenuas una respuesta ), campamento... base, un lujo los domos en rio serrano; comidas, transporte y excursiones a otro nivel, mas que recomendableread more
    Darko Beovic P.
    Darko Beovic P.
    2018-04-04T19:36:42+0000
    Ambreen Shah
    Ambreen Shah
    2017-12-21T00:25:13+0000
    Amazing experience . Loved our guides Hym and Palin . They are very hard working and want us to have best experience
    Kim Tonka
    Kim Tonka
    2017-11-26T14:15:38+0000
    Cyril Keiffer
    Cyril Keiffer
    2017-08-09T17:46:02+0000
    Charlie and I had the most wonderful experience working with Isadora at Chile Nativo to plan our Patagonia trip. She... was a great communicator and organized everything for us based upon a great dialog between us with her. Our guide, Felipe Zuniga could not have been more wonderful. He was flexible and brought an amazing knowledge and experience to our trip that could not be equaled. Our memories of our honeymoon in Patagonia will always bring a smile and great memories! Hopefully we get the opportunity to return!read more
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
    2017-07-17T02:08:36+0000
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    Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
    2017-07-17T00:09:25+0000
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    Gonzalo Fuenzalida
    2017-05-21T00:47:17+0000
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
    2017-05-20T18:29:22+0000
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    Marcela Hernandez Doepking
    2017-05-20T15:32:30+0000
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    Matias Fuenzalida Santos
    2017-03-22T14:01:33+0000
    Fernando Hidalgo
    Fernando Hidalgo
    2017-03-22T13:19:10+0000
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    Pablo Rivera A
    2016-10-28T17:17:18+0000
    Conocer y experimentar la Naturaleza en todo su esplendor con un equipo profesional, con conocimientos que enriquecen... la experiencia y la transforman en una vivencia inolvidable!read more
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    2015-08-29T11:17:55+0000
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