This is going to be a lengthy review because Andescross is just that good and there is no real way to concisely convey why they are so good at what they do in just a paragraph or two. simply put, Jorge and his guides are experts on this region and will make sure that you squeeze every ounce of fun, laughter and wonder out of your trip with him.
Our group of 10 (5 fathers and 5 h.s. senior sons) hired Jorge to lead our 5 day trip through Patagonia and our entire group (many of us who have travelled extensively around the world) agreed that this one was one of the most amazing trips that any of us had ever taken! Jorge is a very experienced mountain guide who is very safety conscious but equally as mindful about making the trip as enjoyable as possible. He is funny, lighthearted and great with teens. He loves hard rock and will spontaneously break out into song when you least expect it. Jorge is a planner but made it clear to us that sure that our plans would need to be flexible because the weather in the mountains is predictably unpredictable. While we did change plans once due to weather, plan B, as we joked, turned out to be amazing.
Jorge put together a team of unbelievable guides to help him lead the trek. Craig, a Charming Scottsman, who has lived his entire life in Argentina, was like a navy seal leading portions of the trek. He was funny and lighthearted but absolutely unwavering when it came to safety. He spent time getting to know each of the dads and teens and really bonded with our group.
JJ, a graduate philosophy major from Argentina, was like a mountain goat! The guy would race ahead of our group at high altitudes jumping from dock to rock and leaping over crevasses to scout the bestows sable route up the mountain or down the trail. In addition, he was always smiling and came across as one of the most positive people that I agave met. JJ also took turns leading portions of our treks.
Our porters, Diego, Hermann and Dennis were also experienced mountaineers who were as friendly as they were strong. These guys carried packs that probably weighed in excess of 100lbs across, up and down steep mountain passes and across the glaciers.
The area around Mt Tronador is beyond spectacular. Our glaciers, mountains and jungles trek was perfect as we were able to see the wide variety of ecosystems and microclimates that are home to this region. Jorge and his team would point out little details that we certainly would not have picked up on, while leading us through the diverse landscape.
At night, we would either stay in a well appointed hut or would sleep in tents, which Jorge and his crew would set up for us in advance. The food at the huts was amazing and the people who staff the huts are engaging and friendly. Jorge suggested a number of side excursions after our arrival at camp, and although we may have been a bit tired at the time, we are so glad we mustered the energy to ice climb into and out of glacier crevasses!
Words and even pictures do not do justice to The great job that Jorge and his crew did for us. The helped make memories for each of us that will last a lifetime and helped instill a sense of wonder into the boys that will hopefully take the back to this wonderful part of the world again and beyond!
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