Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:09 AM
From: Doris Drisgill
Sent: Monday, February 25,[masked]:32 PM
To: rich Breidenbach
Subject: Fwd: Anyone for a trip to Patagonia?
Rich, would you be willing to forward this proposal to your hiking list? I'm trying to contact as many folks as I can, in the hopes of getting up at least a small group to take this trip with me. If you and Georgiann find it inviting, please come!
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From: Doris Drisgill <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM
Subject: Anyone for a trip to Patagonia?
To: Secular Hikers
Attention all hikers, nature junkies and wannabe adventurers:
I'm taking a serious look at a trip to Patagonia, Argentina, next fall. The tour I've decided on is Road Scholar (Elderhostel) trip #3408, Hiking at the End of the Earth. The dates are Nov.11-23, starting and ending in Buenos Aires. It includes hiking near Mt. Fitzroy in Los Glaciares Nat. Park (one of the most dramatic mountain settings anywhere), exploring lakes and glaciers, and several days in Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of S. America (south of the Straight of Magellan).
I've chosen the Nov. trip because it's spring in that lattitude, and there should be greenery and wildflowers, as well as spectacular scenery, and wildlife such as guanacos (wild llama relatives) and penguins..
Road Scholar is a good group to go with; A friend and I did their tour to Costa Rica last winter. The trip is pricey, but I haven't been able to find any offering at a better price. Dozens of companies give tours of the area, and they all seem to be more expensive and probably not as well organized for a traveler like me, being past the days of camping and roughing it in cold climates. Road Scholar stays in nice hotels and travels by private buses.
The base price for the 12 day tour is $5689. Adding on airfare from DIA and 2 nights in Miami, plus cancellation insurance, brings the total to around $8200. You can probably save a few $$ by doing the overnight flight and avoiding staying in Miami. Big bucks, yes, but a trip of this kind has been on my bucket list for a number of years, and I'm determined to do it this year, while I still can!
If this trip sounds at all interesting to anyone, please look it up on the Road Scholar website, think it over, check your budget, and let me know if you're tempted. I'm hoping to make reservations within the next few weeks, since these trips can fill up early. The groups are generally only 16 to 20 people, and are led by a full time guide, plus local experts at each stop. Join me on what may be the trip of a lifetime!