Stay in beautiful mountain lodges for 7 nights, and in cozy suite domes at Torres Del Paine National Park for 4 nights!
Professionally guided daily hikes among the famous high peaks of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
Explore Patagonia on foot! Choose from a variety of daily hiking options (from shorter mileage to long)
Sail across Lago Argentino for an unforgettable walk on the Perito Moreno glacier
Patagonia hosts some of the world’s finest trekking, breathtaking mountain ranges, and unforgettable glacial scenery. Witness it all as the Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME Conference visits this most incredible piece of South America!
The Patagonia Wilderness and Travel Medicine CME Conferences visit one of the premier scenic mountain areas on the planet!
Chile's Torres del Paine and Argentina's Los Glaciares National Parks are among the great scenic wonders of the world. This extraordinary trip brings you to the very heart of both legendary regions, beginning in remote reaches of Los Glaciares Park with spectacular views of Cerro Torre, Fitzroy and the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
Next, we cross into Chile, where we explore Torres del Paine, an icon for dramatic mountain scenery! We'll see jaw-dropping vistas of rock spires, jagged snowy peaks, the huge expanse of the Patagonia Ice Field, tranquil azure lakes, and golden grasslands bright with wildflowers. Every night, we'll savor the day's activities over tasty meals in cozy lodges.
The Wilderness Medicine education will take place each evening before dinner.
Classic Patagonia Torres Del Paine
Wilderness Medicine CME
Most meals included (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
DAY 1 Meet your guide at Punta Arenas airport and transfer to Hotel Los Hielos for orientation. Explore Punta Arenas and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Hotel Los Hielos. (D)
DAY 2 The trip begins with travelling to EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park. We'll stop in Puerto Natales for lunch and we're likely to run into herds of guanaco and the occasional rhea. Once we've arrived you'll stay in a Suite Dome which are 300/sq. ft., tented, igloo-type domes - designed in same way as ancient native Kaweska's, but with modern amenities like a bathroom and solar-/turbine provided power. (B+L+D)
DAY 3 (The next three days are options not necessarily in order) Hiking options in Torres Del Paine.
Today we'll hike from Paine Grande Lodge along the shores of mountain-lined Lake Pehoe to the northern end of glacial Lake Grey with a picnic lunch before the boat ride to the blue face of Glacier Grey. From the southern end we'll return to the EcoCamp (B+L+D)
DAY 4 Hiking options in Torres Del Paine.
The goal of today is to complete the most famous trek of Torres del Paine. We'll start with a walk toward Hosteria Las Torres and from there, move on to the bigger challenge: the moraine. The moraine is a steep mass of boulders that will be the final challenge before arriving at the granite towers, which give the Torres del Paine their name. We'll eat lunch here and admire the scenery followed by a walk back to camp. (B+L+D)
DAY 5 Hiking options in Torres Del Paine.
We'll start with a drive towards Pudeto dock by the shores of Pehoe Lake where we'll board a catamaran towards the north-west sector of the lake. Here we'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances. An active walk leads us to the hanging bridge over the French River and on towards the upper prospects of the valley. There we'll find unique geological formations like Hoja, Mascara, Espada, Catedral, Aleta de Tiburon, and the magnificent Fortaleza and a picnic lunch. (B+L+D)
DAY 6 This is a travel day to an international border outpost where we'll check out Chile and Argentina. Border crossings can be slow and the distance is long, so be sure to have a good book in your daypack! We'll arrive at our hotel in El Calafate on the shores of the massive Lago Argentino that afternoon afternoon. That evening we'll have a festive welcome dinner and get ready for the next adventure! (B+L+D)
DAY 7 Today, we'll tour Glacier Perito Moren, a spectacular glacier in the Southern Patagonian ice field. After this, we'll jump on-board a catamaran to get the closest-possible view of the glacier, before making our way to El Chalten. At El Chalten we'll spend the afternoon seeing the town and its fantastic views before arriving at our hiking base the Hotel Destino Sur. (B+L+D)
DAY 8 The group will go from the hotel to the trailhead at Hosteria El Pilar where you can pick from several different hiking lengths to make time for a trip back to town for some souvenir shopping or time relaxing with a coffee and your journal. (B+L+D)
DAY 9 Get ready for a full day adventure as we go to Cerro Torre where we can see the entire valley. Those interested in a longer hike can go to Laguna Torre which runs through a glacier-originated valley with spires rising in the background. (B+L+D)
DAY 10 We'll be hiking to Pampa de las Carretas today with beautiful views of the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from the Laguna Toro trailhead. Once we've crossed the tree-line we'll arrive at an area where fossils can be found along with a spectacular view if the weather is agreeable. (B+L+D)
DAY 11 Time to explore Viedma Glacier which is the largest in 'Los Glaciares National Park'. You'll learn about its history and behavior over the past 10 years while witnessing the noticeable erosion of the ice over the rocks. Then we'll sail South across the bay with a view of Fitz Roy and Huemul mountains and icebergs. (B+L+D)
DAY 12 Today we begin the journey back home. We'll board early to transfer back across the Patagonian steppe to the airport of El Calafate. Here, we'll bid a fond farewell to new friends and go our separate ways back home. (B)
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Classic Patagonia Torres Del Paine
Trip Cost: $7,595 (2023)
(Includes: 12 days / 11 nights lodging; most meals; and professionally guided trek)
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 16 Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy.
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Faculty for the Classic Patagonia Torres Del Paine
Wilderness Medicine CME
January 24 - February 4, 2023 TRIP FACULTY
Christopher Vantilburg, MD
Emergency, occupational, travel, and mountain clinic physician Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Public Health Officer and Medical Examiner, Hood River County, OR. Twenty year veteran of Crag Rats Mountain Rescue. Author of 11 books including Mountain Rescue Doctor and Search and Rescue.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.
UPCOMING CME DESTINATIONS BY DATE
Oct 26 - Nov 6, 2022
Nov 9 - 19, 2022
Jan 20 - 29, 2023
Jan 24 - Feb 4, 2023
Northern Patagonia Adventure
Jan 27 - Feb 4, 2023
Feb 16 - 27, 2023
Feb 25 - Mar 1, 2023
Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2022
Mar 30 - Apr 16, 2023
Apr 7 - 17, 2023
Apr 20 - May 7, 2023
May 31 - June 4, 2023
June 10 - 18, 2023
June 12 - 18, 2023
July 29 - Aug 2, 2023
Aug 27 - Sept 6, 2023
Sept 1 - 6, 2023
Sept 2 - 12, 2023
Sept 6 - 16, 2023
Sept 21 - Oct 2, 2023
Oct 1 - 15, 2023
Oct 8-13, 2023
Oct 8 - 18, 2023
Oct 22 - Nov 5, 2023
Oct 23 - Nov 3, 2023
Hiking Tour of Provence
Sept 19 - 27, 2024