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Product Details

  • Series: Walking
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186450059X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864500592
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...for the adventurous traveler who wants to live like a native.' --Real Simple Magazine, June 2005

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Like all Lonely Planet guides, Trekking in Patagonia is very much geared to independent trekkers.
Rajiv Ravindra
I always find their rating of lodging and food accurate~~ low budget is truly low budget and their recommended picks are always clean, comfortable and well situated.
Tyler David Wolfgang
It's unclear how much of this is due to the book being out of date, although most of the examples above do not change in time.
A Patagonia traveler

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156 of 156 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastically comprehensive guide to the trekking areas of
the Patagonian Andes. Intelligently laid out with very
well-researched maps and local information, it also manages to give a
comprehensive overview of what each area has to offer, without being
exhaustive. It gives you just enough information to get you out there
and discovering on your own. The book does have a few weaknesses --
notably, there are flat-out errors in some of the specific route
descriptions or instructions -- that make it far better-suited to
those who feel comfortable fending for themselves in the wild, and who
don't try and use the book as a substitute for human guides. In
short, if you feel comfortable traveling independently in remote
areas, it's not a problem. If that scares you ... perhaps you should
use the book as a primer and then hire a guide or go with a guided
group.
Ratings for the treks are somewhat arbitrary; one trek rated
"easy" was actually quite rough, and the second half of the
route had been closed for over a year (prior to the book's publication
date -- a real boo-boo). Another trek rated "hard" was
actually not as challenging as advertised. However, the details of
the route descriptions are usually spot-on and very helpful. Most
wonderful are the maps, which experienced trekkers actually CAN use in
place of a topo (despite how foolish this sounds) in many cases.
The
photographs are wonderful, and also give an accurate and beautiful
rendering of the region's charms. I'd describe them as "trekking
porn," they're so luscious.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kylo Ginsberg on March 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
We used this guidebook for 2+ months of backpacking
in Chile and I would strongly recommend it. The maps
can be used in lieu of topo maps (I would recommend
topos of course, but you can only get them in Santiago
and Buenos Aires) and the descriptions are remarkably
spot on. I've used dozens of backpacking guides (and
biking, climbing, ... guides) and there are invariably
inaccuracies or route descriptions that don't quite seem
to match. However, this book had fewer of such infelicities
than any guidebook I've used. Kudos to Lindemayer.
In addition, the "other treks" sections of the book
proved invaluable. After our first few weeks, we
realized we really wanted to get off the beaten track
and these little 1-3 paragraph route descriptions gave
us all we needed to track down information on beautiful,
rewarding, and untramelled hikes throughout Patagonia.
Lindemayer clearly has an explorer's impulse and a near
encyclopedic knowledge of the area.
Only caveat: if you're just going to Torres del Paine
and/or Los Glaciares you really don't need any guidebook;
the commonly available maps and steady streams of backpackers
on the trail will keep you well informed.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Dennis on July 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a perfect introduction to the wealth of hiking possibilities in patagonia - many of them are still significantly under-used and of equal calibre to the more famous routes. The general information sections are quite good, and give a good feel for what conditions are like both trekking and travelling in general; a good purchase for planning your trip. Where the book falls down is on the actual trekking notes, which are consistently inaccurate, obscenely outdated and sometimes quite misleading (see other reviews). On this front, Cerro Electrico is not safe - however Cerro Electrico Oeste is safely climbable without mountaineering equipment (although crampons are a nice idea) and gives mind-blowing views of the rear of Fitzroy - I think this might be what the author actually had in mind.

The best use of this book is as an introduction/inspiration, then get hold of decent military maps (plentiful in santiago and buenos aires) and local advice (abundant) and go from there. Given that many of the treks require some degree of independence and judgement (especially in snow-bound regions), pretty much any information should be taken with a grain of salt and certainly should be double-checked independantly or at worst against common sense. It is a pity no better alternative exists, but the general information is good and if prepared, leave the fun of route-finding up to yourself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is really the only travelbook for Patagonia. So it's a real shame that it is inaccurate and incomplete. We found this out recently when we used it to prepare our trip to Torres Del Paine and Los Glaciares NP. Some examples: (1) to the South of TDP NP is Bernardo O'Higgins NP, with many glaciers and fjords. One can't really hike there, but kayaking etc are all possible. This park is never mentioned in the book. (2) Throughout our trip, the most abundant wildlife was a big caterpillar which we had to remove from ourselves on numerous occasions. The fauna/flora section does not mention these. We found out later that these can leave an acid burn mark. (3) Driving distance from Calafate to Chalten is 4.5 hrs, as opposed to the 2.5 or so you may expect, looking at the map. Never mentioned. (4) If one wants to do separate segments of the TDP circuit as overnight hikes (e.g. Vallee Frances), this book does not even tell you what the elevation gain is. (5) All (ALL) boat schedule information we found was wrong. We were told in the hotel that it has never changed.
It's unclear how much of this is due to the book being out of date, although most of the examples above do not change in time. My recommendation is to surf the web for the rudimentary information. You can't find all details on the web, but this book does not have them either. Tourism in this part of Chile/Argentina is so well developed that dealing with the unexpected is never really a problem.
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