Patagonia Adventure Expeditionswas created on the banks of the Baker river in the tiny village of Puerto Bertrand. Jonathan Leidich, after climbing on the northern ice cap, decided he needed to find a way of staying here. With a recent history of river guiding in Colorado and the chance to study in Santiago, Jon decided a small rafting company doing half day trips on the Baker would be the ideal way to finance his summers in Patagonia.
The Coyhaique office was opened in 2000. It is from here that the companies are managed. All comunication goes through this office and expedition planning, logistical arrangements and ground operations of all expeditions are coordinated from here. In summer time we also offer a series of single day, guided activities in the surrounding hills and on local rivers and provide an extensive information service for adventurous travellers.
The majority of expedition groups go through our office in Puerto Bertrand en-route to the mountains and valleys surrounding the northern ice cap. This office serves as the focal centre for guiding, expedition preparation and the hub of group programs. Our house, with garden and excellent kitchen and food serve as a central meeting point and information centre for hikers, bikers and boaters as well as our expedition guests and a good part of the summer visitors to the town who arrive specifically to raft with us on the rio Baker.
It is from Puerto Bertrand that we are working most directly on our biggest project to date, the Aysen Glacier Trail. This incredible Hut to Hut trail begins in Puerto Bertrand where 40% of the local work force are currently involved in construction work on the trail.
Work on the trail began in 2003 when, with the help of PatagoniaAysen, a government sponsored devolpment program of CORFO, we completed the feasibility studies for the Aysen Glacier Trail. A year later we began the building work of cutting trail, developing hut sites and installing infrastructure. The aim is to provide the best hut to hut hiking circuit i